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Species Macrosteles quadrilineatus - Aster 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 Deltocephalinae
Tribe Macrostelini
Genus Macrosteles
No Taxon (quadrilineatus complex)
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. ‒K.G.A. Hamilton
Explanation of Names
Macrosteles quadrilineatus (Forbes 1885)
3‒4.3 mm
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. ‒K.G.A. Hamilton
There are many other species with the same head markings, but only 1 larger northern species has wings as long and slender as this. ‒K.G.A. Hamilton
much of the northern hemisphere(1)
hosts: asters and corn
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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