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Family Cicadellidae - Typical Leafhoppers

Unknown Sharpshooter - Graphocephala coccinea Ponana - Ponana puncticollis Draeculacephala sp. - Draeculacephala antica Cicadoidea - Ceratagallia Black Sharpshooter - Homalodisca insolita Dark Cicadellidae var2 - Erasmoneura atra golden-peach leafhopper with greenish eyes - Chlorotettix lusorius
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)
about 3,000 described species in NA, ca. 22,000 described species worldwide (estimated global diversity >100,000 spp.) arranged into ~25 subfamilies and almost 60 tribes(1)(2)
2-30 mm, usually under 13 mm
Key to subfamilies and tribes in(1), simplified version in(3)
Wing nomenclature
worldwide; in NA, some species migrate south in the fall, and back north in the spring
selected checklists and faunal works:(4)
nearly every habitat with vascular plants, incl. deserts, grasslands, wetlands, and forests
year-round in the south; spring through fall in the north; some species overwinter as adults beneath leaf litter or matted grasses
nymphs and adults feed on sap of above-ground stems or leaves of plants; some species are more host-specific than others
Life Cycle
varies according to species; in general, female inserts several eggs into living tissue of host plant; eggs either remain dormant for a period ranging from a month to over a year, or develop and hatch within a few weeks; nymphs undergo five molts, reaching adult stage in several weeks or months
Leafhoppers coat their bodies and wings with a light dusting of water-repellent waxy material (brochosomes), sometimes distributed unevenly as bilaterally asymmetric whitish streaks [Dr Hamilton's comment]
Leafhoppers have sound-producing organs (tymbals) at the base of abdomen (songs usually too faint for human ear)
Several species are serious crop pests; some transmit plant pathogens (viruses, mycoplasma-like organisms, etc.)
all current extant subfamilies
Aphrodinae Haupt, 1927: worldwide
Bathysmatophorinae Anufriev, 1978: holarctic
Cicadellinae Latreille, 1825: worldwide
Coelidiinae Dohrn, 1859: worldwide (introduced in Europe)
Deltocephalinae Dallas, 1870: worldwide
Errhomeninae Fieber, 1872: palearctic
Eurymelinae Amyot & Serville, 1843: worldwide
Evacanthinae Metcalf, 1939: worldwide
Hylicinae Distant, 1908: afrotropical, indomalayan
Iassinae Walker, 1870: worldwide
Ledrinae Kirschbaum, 1868: worldwide
Megophthalminae Kirkaldy, 1906: worldwide
Mileewinae Evans, 1947: afrotropical, indomalayan, neotropical, australian
Neobalinae Linnavuori, 1959: neotropical
Neocoelidiinae Oman, 1943: nearctic, neotropical
Nioniinae Oman, 1943: nearctic, neotropical
Phereurhininae Kramer, 1976: neotropical [unpublished phylogenetic analysis reveals this subfamily to be a tribe of Cicadellinae]
Portaninae Linnavuori, 1959: neotropical
Signoretiinae Baker, 1915: afrotropical, indomalayan
Tartessinae Distant, 1908: indomalayan, australian, neotropical
Typhlocybinae Kirschbaum, 1868: worldwide
Ulopinae Le Peletier & Serville, 1825: old world
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