British Scientist finds a rare Leafhopper in Uganda’s rainforest. The Leafhopper is so rare that the closest known relative was last seen more than 50 years ago, according to The Guardian.
A British scientist was working in the fields when she came across this rare Leafhopper (Phlogis). The scientist was working in a national park in western Uganda.
The Leafhopper’s last known sighting was in Central African Republic in 1969.
They feed mainly on plant sap and are preyed on by invertebrates, including spiders, beetles, parasitic wasps, and birds.
This species has a metallic sheen and a pitted body surface.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever discovered a newly described species. Personally, it’s one of those things you aspire to do as an entomologist, and I’ve managed to do it now,” Dr. Alvin Helden of Anglia Ruskin University, who found the rare Leafhopper.