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Species Macrosteles quadrilineatus - Aster 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 Macrostelini
Genus Macrosteles
Species quadrilineatus (Aster Leafhopper)
Other Common Names
often called the Six-spotted Leafhopper due to head markings, but this name is reserved for a similar European species
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Macrosteles fascifrons is a name formerly (and incorrectly) applied to this species but now restricted to a Juncus-feeding species. -Andy Hamilton
Explanation of Names
Macrosteles quadrilineatus (Forbes 1885)
Size
3-4.3 mm
Identification
Narrow winged, with 6 spots on the head, and a black mustache.
one of many Macrosteles species with a characteristic head pattern of 4 lines (hence, "quadrilineatus") and 2 spots (together sometimes giving it the common name "six-spotted leafhopper", although technically this name is reserved for an European species). Sometimes the 6 spots are reduced to 4 or just 2. -Andy Hamilton
There are many other species in this genus with the same head markings, but only 1 larger northern species has wings as long and slender as this. -Andy Hamilton
Range
much of the northern hemisphere(1)
Food
hosts: asters and corn
Remarks
Major polyphagous agricultural pest and plant disease vector, reported to cause serious losses of some crops. It is a vector of the so called aster yellows, a bacterial plant disease.
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