Explanation of Names
Athysanus argentarius Metcalf 1955
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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.
Implicated in the spread of a plant disease called aster yellows, for which there is no cure.
earliest NA record: MA 1920(3)
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.