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Oliarus leporinus
Family: Cixiidae

This genus is readily separated from other Cixiids by the five keels on the scutellum (three in Cixius/Tachycixius).

O. leporinus is distinguished from O. panzeri by the vertex, which is longer than broad. The two species are also found in very different habitats.

This is a scarce species, almost always associated with saltmarshes and distributed mainly on the south coasts of England and Wales. The food plants are unknown but colonies are always found on wetland grasses in the upper saltmarsh zone.

Compare: O. panzeri

Adult: June to August
Length 5.5-7.5 mm
Oliarus leporinus
Adult: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Oliarus leporinus Oliarus leporinus
Adult: north Wales (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: south Wales (June 2009) ©Barry Stewart