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Species Graphocephala fennahi - Rhododendron Leafhopper

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha (Cicadas, Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Typical Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Cicadellinae (Sharpshooters)
Tribe Cicadellini
Genus Graphocephala
No Taxon (subgenus Graphocephala)
Species fennahi (Rhododendron Leafhopper)
Explanation of Names
Graphocephala fennahi Young, 1977
Size
adults: ♂ 7.3-8.6 mm, ♀ 8.2-9.0 mm
Identification
forewings green with narrow red bands; red band on corium (outer section of wing bordering the costa) frequently greatly reduced or absent; red bands sometimes of similar width; top of head yellow; abdomen red above, pale yellow below; hindwings dark gray or blackish; male pygofers [not visible in live photos] armed with curving spines flanking the anal tube
Range
native to mountains of so. VA, w. Carolinas, and n. GA; apparently carried in the 1920s on ornamental rhododendrons to NY, PA, w. US, and Europe (UK) (Dr. Hamilton, 25.ix.2008) [now widely established in Europe(1)]; this species is liable to turn up anywhere throughout US and so. Canada
Food
all stages feed exclusively on Rhododendron spp.
Print References
Hamilton K.G.A. (1985) The Graphocephala coccinea Complex in North America (Homoptera, Auchenorryncha, Cicadellidae). Entomologische Abhandlungen 49(6): 105-11.
Works Cited
1.Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe
Roques A., Kenis M., Lees D., Lopez-Vaamonde C., Rabitsch W., Rasplus J.-Y., Roy D., eds. 2010. BioRisk 4 Special Issue; 2 vols., 1028 pp.