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Species Empoasca fabae - Potato 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 (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Typhlocybinae
Tribe Empoascini
Genus Empoasca
No Taxon (Subgenus Empoasca)
Species fabae (Potato Leafhopper)
Explanation of Names
Empoasca fabae (Harris 1841)
Pale green with a row of six white spots behind the head seen only with help of a lens
widespread in the New World (Canada to Argentina); in our area, NF-FL to SK-WA-CA, ?BC (migrates north every year from TX)(1)
hosts: >200 cultivated and wild plant spp.(1)(2), particularly legumes(3)
Pest of alfalfa, fruits, and vegetables; most damaging to alfalfa and clover(4); major pest of potato(5)
Can't survive cold winter and migrates every spring from TX northward(4)
Internet References
Fact sheets: Cook et al. (2004)(4) | anon.(2)
Annals of the Entomological Society of America. Long-Range Movement of the Potato Leafhopper, Empoasca fabae
PLOS. Climate Change and Phenology: Empoasca fabae (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) Migration and Severity of Impact