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Leafhopper adult
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Leafhopper - adult
See also: larva | damage

Scientific Name: Cicadellidae: several species

Status: pests of crops, flowers, grasses, vegetables, and trees

Damaging Stage: nymph and adult

Biology: Potato leafhoppers are serious pests of agricultural crops. Adults are yellow or green and marked with various color patterns. They are very small and are wedge-shaped. Nymphs are similar to adults but do not have wings.

Leafhoppers overwinter as eggs or adults. Adults insert eggs into leaf veins or stems. The eggs hatch after about 10 days and start feeding on the plant. Generally, leafhoppers complete one generation per year bur some species can complete up to six.