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This genus is readily separated from other Cixiids by the five keels on the scutellum (three in Cixius/Tachycixius).
O. panzeri is distinguished from O. leporinus by the vertex, which is much broader than long. The two species are also found in very different habitats.
The ecology of this species remains obscure, although it is often associated with grasslands in which the ground has a tendency to crack during the summer. Since the nymphs are root-feeders, this perhaps allows the adults to lay eggs below ground. Although restricted to southern England and designated as scarce, it is a fairly common species in the London area.
Compare: O. leporinus
Adult: June to August
Length 4.5-7.0 mm
|Adult: north London (August 2008) ©Tristan
|Adult: east London (August 2008) ©Tristan
||Adult: detail of vertex and scutlleum ©Tristan