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Species Eupteryx melissae - Sage 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 (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha (Cicadas, Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Typical Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Typhlocybinae (Microleafhoppers)
Tribe Typhlocybini
Genus Eupteryx
Species melissae (Sage Leafhopper)
Other Common Names
Herb Leafhopper, Tree Mallow Hopper, Chrysanthemum Leafhopper
Explanation of Names
Eupteryx melissae Curtis 1837
3 mm(1)
Adults whitish green with dark markings; nymphs are creamy white
native to w. Palaearctic, adventive and now widespread in e. & w. NA(2) [found anywhere in the US where herbs are grown(3)]
adults May-Oct (may overwinter) in the UK(1); may remain active throughout the year in sheltered situations
hosts include lavender, mints, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, basil, thyme, sage, lemon balm and Phlomis
Life Cycle
several generations during the summer; usually overwinters as eggs on host plants
earliest NA record: CA 1903(4)
Lacewings and Macrolophus prey on nymphs; egg parasitoid wasp Anagrus atomus and nematode Steinernema feltiae that infects nymphs are used for control*
Internet References
Species pages: Bartelt (2011)(3) | *anon. (Protected Herbs) | Dmitriev ()(2) | Bantock & Botting (2010)(1)