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Potato Leafhopper
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Potato Leafhopper

Order: Homoptera

Family: Cicadellidae

Pest Status: Potato leafhoppers can become serious pests of many different plants, including alfalfa.

Appearance: The adult potato leafhopper is winged, pale green, and wedge-shaped. They are usually about 1/8-inch in length.

Life Cycle: Adults emerge in early summer. After mating, they lay eggs inside the veins on the undersides of leaves. A female leafhopper lives about a month, producing one to six eggs daily. The eggs hatch in about 10 days and the nymphs mature in about two weeks. Mating occurs approximately two days after maturation.

Where to Collect: Potato leafhoppers are found on cultivated and wild plants in late June and early August. They are highly attracted to lights at night.