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Species Athysanus argentarius - Silver Leafhopper

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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 Athysanini
Subtribe Athysanina
Genus Athysanus
Species argentarius (Silver Leafhopper)
Explanation of Names
Athysanus argentarius Metcalf 1955
Latin 'silvery'
6.5-8 mm(1)
Note black line between eyes:
Native to the Palaearctic, adventive in NA (ne. US and e. Canada)(2)
coastal and inland grassland habitats(1)
Feeds on grasses, and there is some evidence it prefers the introduced species of grasses so often found in lawns and hayfields.
Life Cycle
Implicated in the spread of a plant disease called aster yellows, for which there is no cure.
earliest NA record: MA 1920(3)
Print References
Bess J., O'Neill K., Kemp W. (2004) Leafhopper assemblages on native and reseeded grasslands in southwestern Montana. Western North American Naturalist 64(4): 518-531.
Summers C.G., Stapleton J.J. (2002) Management of corn leafhopper (Homoptera: Cicadellidae) and corn stunt disease in sweet corn using reflective mulch. Journal of Economic Entomology. 95(2): 325-330.
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