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Species Sophonia orientalis - Two-spotted 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
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Typical Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Evacanthinae
Tribe Nirvanini
Genus Sophonia
Species orientalis (Two-spotted Leafhopper)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sophonia rufofascia (Kuoh & Kuoh)
Explanation of Names
Sophonia orientalis (Matsumura 1912)
Adults are yellow with a brown stripe down the center of the back and two prominent eye spots on the tail end; its real eyes being concolorous with the body, the bug seems to be moving backwards when walking. (Jones et al.)
native to Asia, adventive in our area across so. US (GA-FL-TX-CA)(1)(Dietrich 2011)
adults and nymphs present most of the year suggests several annual generations. (Aguin-Pombo et al. 2007)
extremely polyphagous, attacks >300 plant species in 83 families (Fukada 1996); resident breeding populations recently discovered in ornamental, vegetable, and fruit crops in CA (Duan & Messing)
earliest NA record: CA 1996(1); in Hawaii, considered a threat to all native plants (Aguin-Pombo et al. 2007)
Print References
Aguin-Pombo D., Franquinho Aguiar A.M., Kuznetsova V.G. (2007) Bionomics and taxonomy of leafhopper Sophonia orientalis (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae), a Pacific pest species in the Macaronesian Archipelagos. Ann. Ent. Soc. Amer. 100: 19-26 (Abstract)
Fukada M.T. (1996) Distribution, host range, and seasonal abundance of the two spotted leafhopper, Sophonia rufofascia (Kuoh and Kuoh) in Hawaii. M.S. thesis. University of Hawaii. Manoa, HI.
Internet References
Fact sheet (Jones et al. YYYY)