Other Common Names
Invasive Red-streaked Leafhopper (IRSL, RSLH)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gnathodus rubrostriatus Melichar 1903
Agellus rufofasciatus Merino 1936
Explanation of Names
Balclutha rubrostriata (Melichar 1903)
rubrostriatus = 'red-streaked'
4.2 mm [specimen illustrated in Zahniser et al. (2011)]
The darkness of the red is variable:
Native to the Old World, widespread in the Old World tropics, introduced to the West Indies, Hawaii, and the US
Known US Records (as of July 2014):
Florida: Monroe Co., Upper Key Largo, 3 specimens collected 28 April 1990 (Zahniser et al. 2011)
Texas: 38 counties - TISI
Louisiana: one parish (Morgan et al. 2013)
Oklahoma: multiple counties to the Kansas border (ESA poster 2014)
The San Antonio, Bexar Co. R.O.W. site where Zahniser et al. (2011) found 15,000+ of the leafhopper was dominated by King Ranch bluestem (Bothriochloa ischaemum). Woody spp. at the site included Texan hogplum (Colubrina texensis) and Texas live oak (Quercus fusiformis).
Zahniser et al. (2011) ran a malaise trap ~8 mi SE Driftwood, Hays Co. in central Texas from January 31, 2006 to August 13, 2006. Samples were collected approx. once every two wks:
Present - Jan 31 to Feb 11
Absent - Feb 12 to May 28
Present - May 29 to July 4
Abundant - July 5 to Aug 4, 2006
Present - Aug 5 to Aug 13
Over 15,000 leafhoppers of this species (85% of all invertebrates surveyed) were collected betw. Sept 29 and Oct 19, 2008 on the west side of San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas. Collection methods included sweep netting, blacklighting and a Malasie trap that ran for 14 days. (The site was a ~500 meter long strip immediately adjacent to Loop 1604, north of US Hwy 90.) (Zahniser et al. 2011)
Balclutha rubrostriata (Melichar) was among 12 leafhopper species in Thailand which was detected to carry the phytoplasma associated with sugarcane white leaf disease. (Hanboonsong et al. 2006)
Earliest known US record
found by Zahniser et al. (2011) is a specimen in the INHS Insect Collection
with the following label data:
Texas: Kleber Co.
col. J.E. Gillaspy
First known records from central TX were collected in 2005 from Hays and Travis Counties. (MAQ, pers. obs. of spmns in UTIC
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