Genus Aridia Ball and Hartzell, 1922

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Family Dictyopharidae Spinola, 1839

Subfamily Orgeriinae Fieber, 1872
Tribe Orgeriini Fieber, 1872
Genus Aridia Ball & Hartzell, 1922: 147.

[Not the plant]

Type species (in original combination): Orgerius compressus Ball, 1909: 202.



Southwestern US.

Distribution of Arida from FLOW (1 Oct. 2018)

Recognized species

There are 2 species currently in the genus (A. nodosa was moved to Timonidia by Emeljanov 2006):

Aridia compressa (Ball, 1909) [Metcalf 1946: 220] – USA: CA, NV, UT
Orgerius compressus Ball, 1909: 202.
Aridia compressa (Ball, 1909); comb. by Ball & Hartzell, 1922: 147.

Aridia erecta (Ball, 1909) – USA: AZ, CA, NV
= Orgerius erectus Ball, 1909: 202.
Aridia erecta (Ball, 1909); comb. by Ball & Hartzell, 1922: 148

Economic Importance:


Known host plants:

Aridia compressa – Artemisia tridentata Nutt.(big sagebrush, Asteraceae)

Hosts from Wilson et al. (1994); plant names from USDA PLANTS or Tropicos.  See also FLOW.


Brachypterous, leaving several terga visible from above, tegulae hidden (all Orgeriinae); no callosity behind eye; head weakly angulate in lateral view, produced in front of eyes for distance less than 2/3 width of eyes, narrowed toward apex in lateral view; front without horizontal black band above frontoclypeal suture; tibiae not enlarged; areolet at apex of head well defined, pentagonal, enclosed by sharp carinae.

Keys to genus of US Orgeriinae in Doering & Darby 1943 and Doering (1955), although Emljanov (2006) revised some generic concepts (including moving A. nodosa to Timonidia).

Original description from Ball and Harzell 1922: 147:

Resembling Acinaca, but with a shorter, broader, more rounding cephalic process.

Cephalic process broad and short, rounding at the apex, slightly inclined upwards. Vertex broad, as wide as the eye, the median carina fades out before reaching the apex. Front narrow, with very sharply defined carinae; median carina of the front uniting with the lateral carina in a five-sided figure. Frontal tablet linear, inflated just below the eyes. No callosity behind the eyes, the eye and pronotum contiguous. Pronotum short, with median carina, without a central tablet, pustulate. Scutellum with central tablet, with three sharply defined carinae. Elytra brachypterous. Strongly reticulate. Abdomen ovate. Abdominal segments with a row of pustules along posterior margin two-thirds of the distance to the median line. Legs linear, not expanded.

Aridia 1 Aridia 2

Aridia compressa (All photos by Rick Donovall or Kimberley Shropshire, Department of Entomology, University of Delaware)

Aridia compressa (All photos by Rick Donovall or Kimberley Shropshire, Department of Entomology, University of Delaware)


Aridia on:
Discover Life.
Bugguide (N/A, link to Orgeriinae taxonomy tree)
3I Interactive Keys and Taxonomic Databases (Dmitry Dmitriev)


Collected infrequently, found by inspecting or sweeping hosts.

Molecular resources: 

As of this writing (1 Oct. 2018), data for this genus is not available on Genbank. Barcode of life has data on Aridia nodosa (a nymph), but this species was moved to Timonidia.

Selected references:

Ball, E. D. 1909. Some remarkable new leaf-hoppers of the family Fulgoridae. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 22: 197-204.

Ball, E. D. and Hartzell, A. 1922. A review of the desert leafhoppers of the Orgerini (Rhynchota Fulgoridae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 15: 137-152.

Bartlett, C. R., L. B. O’Brien and S. W. Wilson. 2014. A review of the planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) of the United States. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society 50: 1-287.

Doering, K. C. 1955. Some taxonomic and morphological studies of two genera of North American Dictyopharidae. University of Kansas Science Bulletin 37(7): 195-221.

Doering, K. C. 1956. The taxonomic value of the pretarsal structures in the classification of certain Fulgoroidea. University of Kansas Science Bulletin 37: 627-643. pdf [Arida studied]

Doering, K. C. and H. H. Darby. 1943. A contribution to the taxonomy of the genus Orgerius in America, north of Mexico (Fulgoridae, Homoptera). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 16(2-3): 64-98.

Emeljanov, A. F. 1983. Dictyopharidae from the Cretaceous deposits on the Taymyr Peninsula (Insecta, Homoptera). Paleontologicheskii Zhurnal 3: 79-85 [In Russian; translated in: Paleontological Journal 17(3): 77-82].

Emeljanov, A. F. 2006. Taxonomic changes in American Ogeriinae (Homoptera; Dictyopharidae). Zoosystematica Rossica 15:73-76.

Emeljanov, A. F. 2011. Improved tribal delimitation of the subfamily Dictyopharinae and description of new genera and new species (Homoptera, Fulgoroidea, Dictyopharidae). Ėntomologicheskoe Obozrenie 90(2): 299-328 [In Russian, English Translation, Entomological Review 91(9): 1122-1145].

Fieber, F. X. 1872a. Katalog der europäischen Cicadinen, nach Originalien mit Benützung der neuesten Literatur. Carl Gerold’s Sohn, Wein [Vienna, Austria]. Pp.: i-iv, 1-19.

Metcalf, Z. P. 1946. General Catalogue of the Homoptera. Fascicle IV Fulgoroidea. Part 8 Dictyopharidae. Smith College, Northhampton, Massachusetts. [see p. 220]

Spinola, M. 1839a. Essai sur les Fulgorelles, sous-tribu de la tribu des Cicadaires, ordre des Rhyngotes. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 8: 133-337.

Wilson, S. W., C. Mitter, R. F. Denno and M. R. Wilson. 1994. Evolutionary patterns of host plant use by delphacid planthoppers and their relatives. In: R. F. Denno and T. J. Perfect, (eds.). Planthoppers: Their Ecology and Management. Chapman and Hall, New York. Pp. 7-45 & Appendix.

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