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Species Exitianus exitiosus - Gray Lawn 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 (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Deltocephalinae
Tribe Chiasmini
Genus Exitianus
Species exitiosus (Gray Lawn Leafhopper)
Explanation of Names
Exitianus exitiosus (Uhler 1880)
Latin exitiosus 'destructive, deadly'(1)
Identification
Dirty yellow to brown body. Two black spots on top front of head, front of pronotum, and front and rear scutellum. Wings are clear to white with brown veins and usually extend slightly past the abdomen.
Range
transcontinental, Canada to Mexico & West Indies(2)
Habitat
associated with lawns/turfgrasses(3)
Remarks
Invasive, but considered native to Mexico and US
A common "tramp" species ... it breeds on any available grass, then flies off to find whatever is available, always choosing the most succulent growth. (Andy Hamilton, 24.i.2005)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
2.Dmitriev D.A. (2003-) 3I interactive keys and taxonomic databases
3.Garden Insects of North America : The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides)
Whitney Cranshaw. 2004. Princeton University Press.