jumping plant lice
|• Español:||piojillos de las plantas
Psyllidae - (psyllids)
The family contains more than 1,000 species of small, sucking insects, about the size of aphids. In contrast to aphids, they have strong hind legs which are used for jumping. The head is broad with the vertex being broader than long and the eyes are large. The antennae have 6-10 segments. The main vein of the forewing splits into 2 branches (not 3 like in the related family of Triozidae).
The family of Psyllidae has been re-defined by Burckhardt and Ouvrard, 2012, restricting it to species which have a horn-shaped meracanthus (spur) on the metacoxa, the metatibia usually with grouped apical spurs as well as the metabasitarsus usually with 2 lateral spurs.
The following genera are currently entered under Psyllidae: