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Last updated 08/15/2005
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Homoptera - Aphids & Planthoppers
Homopteransare typically found on plants, on which they all feed. LikeHeteroptera, their mouthparts are long beaks, which they use pierceplant tissue and feed on the sap and fluid within. Homoptera expel theundigested portion of sap from their anus, producing a substance knownas honeydew. This honeydew attracts ants, which, in exchange for themeal, protect many Homopterans.
TheHomoptera includes such well known plant pests as aphids, scales,whiteflies and sharpshooters, all of which cause damage by feeding andmay even transmit plant diseases. These pose many challenges to famersand gardeners alike. However, the group also contains many relativelybenign bugs like treehoppers and cicadas.
The Coal Oil Point collection includes 24 species of Homoptera.
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