Leafhopper Insect

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The Leafhopper Insect rhododendron leafhopper, Graphoceophala fennahi, is found in the united states and Europe.  Length inches 0.3-0.4 (8-10 mm). Cicadella viridis is from the Northern Hemisphere. Length 0.2-0.3 inches (6-8 mm). Aphrodes bifasciatus is the smallest of these three leafhoppers and lives in Europe. Length 0.1 -0.15 inches(3-4 mm).

  • Common name: leafhooppers
  • Family: Cicadellidae
  • Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
  • Order: Hempitera
  • Class/ subphylum: Insecta/ Hexapoda
  • Number of species: About 20,000 (2,500 U.S.)
  • Size: From about 0.08 in (2 mm) to 0.8 in (20 mm)

Key features: Usually longer and slimmer than the spittlebugs they resemble, with an angular cross section to the tibiae; tibiae bear 1 or more rows of spines; forewings leathery, often brightly colored, distinguishing them from small cicadas

Habits: usually found on their food plants; winged species will readily fly to escape when disturbed

Breeding: Ma species stridulate to attract mates and during courtship, which may also involve “dance” routines, eggs laid in or on food plants

Diet:All species sap from plants, often living on just  1 particular plant species; like aphids, they produce honeydew

Habitat: Meadows, gardens, grassland, forests, marshes, mountains, and deserts

Distribution: Worldwide, but more common in tropical zones.

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