This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Barling, Arkansas Deer, Arkansas Danbury, Connecticut Acworth, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Chicago, Illinois La Grange Park, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Delhi, Iowa Benton, Kentucky Chelmsford, Massachusetts Upton, Massachusetts Monroe, Michigan Pentwater, Michigan Derry, New Hampshire Hampton, New Jersey Apalachin, New York Buffalo, New York Millerton, New York Bowling Green, Ohio Talihina, Oklahoma Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania Cranston, Rhode Island Kaukauna, Wisconsin
On Jul 26, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:
Leafhoppers are a group of small insects with piercing-sucking mouthparts. Their name is derived from their hopping behavior.
Depending on the species, they range in size from 1/8 to 1/2-inch (3-4 mm in length) and their bodies are colored yellow, green, gray or they may be marked with color patterns.
Adults are elongated, wedge shaped and somewhat triangular in cross-section. Nymphs are generally lighter green in color. Nymphs resemble adults but are wingless.
Damage: Both adult and nymphs puncture the underside of leaves and suck out plant juices. Feeding injury causes stunting and leaf curl. During the process of feeding, the hoppers inject a toxin that causes "hopper burn" This malady is characterized by a yellowing of the tissue at the tip and margin of leaves. Damage can cause the leaf to eventually scorch and drop from the plant.
Life Cycle: Leafhoppers typically overwinter as adults. Adults emerge in the spring, mate and lay eggs inside the veins on the underside of infested plants. The female leafhopper lives about 30 days and after maturity lays 1-6 eggs daily. Eggs hatch in 8-10 days, and immatures develop to adults in 10-14 days.
I invariably find this particular species clustering on my plants. I understand that leafhoppers tend to be plant specific according to what species they are.
Always they seem to sit on the leaves facing inward pointed perfectly towards the stem and it is fascinating to see a dozen or so all in this circle group.
I do not mind them on the plants, in fact i think it to be healthy for the plants as their presence may be actually beneficial to the plants in some way i dont understand, they take a few leaves but the plant may react chemically somehow which only makes them stronger and hardier and everyone wins.
On Jul 12, 2011, MarvelGirl from Toronto Canada wrote:
I am new to gardening and just begining to learn about a lot of bugs I didn't even know existed.
I have been looking for info on this leaf hopper after spotting one in my garden this morning, trying to figure out if it is something I need to take care of or just let be.
I just wanted to point out that in all my research, I have not encountered a single reference to a toxin which causes "hopper burn" being injected by these insects. I think perhaps what the person who made this comment was refering to was a viral disease which can be spread by leafhoppers called Pierce's disease.
As for my own leafhopper, the jury is still out. At this time I am favouring relocation rather than extermination, since most people who have encountered them seem to regard them as somewhat destructive but not necessarily life-threatening to garden plants. As long as it leaves my vegtables alone, it can munch on whatever it wants.