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Species Neoaliturus tenellus - Beet 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 (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Typical Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Deltocephalinae
Tribe Opsiini
Subtribe Circuliferina
Genus Neoaliturus
Species tenellus (Beet Leafhopper)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Circulifer tenellus (Baker) - name still in use, e.g. Invasive Species Compendium (1)
Explanation of Names
Neoaliturus tenellus (Baker 1896)
Size
3.1-3.5 mm (2)
Identification
Females are easily recognized by the dark-margined notch at the base of the ovipositor that looks exactly like a burn mark left on the edge of a table from a lit cigarette. Males are equally distinctive from the underside, having truncate "plates" (the terminal flaps that protect the genitalia look as if they have been cut off transversely). (Comment by Andy Hamilton).
Range
adventive to w. NA; overwinters only on CA coast; native to the Middle East - Map (2)(3)(1)
Life Cycle
During the season of 1905 a small leaf hopper (Enlettix tenella) appeared in immense numbers in the beet fields of Utah and the surrounding region. As the season progressed a large number of the beets were found to be affected with a peculiar condition, called "curly-leaf," which resulted in an immense damage to the crop. (2)
Remarks
earliest NA record: 1896(3)
Print References
Ball, E.D. 1907. The genus Eutettix with especial reference to E. tenella, the beet leaf-hopper: a taxonomic, biologic, and economic study of the North American forms. Proceedings of the Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences. (12): 27-94. (2)
Internet References
Circulifer tenellus (beet leafhopper) - Invasive Species Compendium (1)
Beet Leefhopper - Wikipedia