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Definition of leafhopper

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Definition as written by Terry:

Leafhoppers are small (adults are 1/8" - 1/2" long); greenish, wedge-shaped grasshopper-looking insects that feed on the juices of many different foliage plants. As they feed, they also emit a virus that damages the plant (talk about adding insult to injury!)

Distorted foliage is a sign of their presence; good garden hygiene can go a long way toward preventing future problems with the pests. If an infestation occurs, may be treated with traditional insecticides; pyrethrins; horticultural oil; insecticidal soap or sabadilla, depending on the specific type of insect.)

Among the most common leafhoppers are:
Aster leafhopper (Macrosteles fascifrons; M. quadrilineatus)
Appple leafhopper (Empoasca maligna)
Beet leafhopper (Circulifer tenellus)
Potato leafhopper (Empoasca fabae)
Rose leafhopper (Edwardsiana rosae)

Definition as written by poppysue:

Leafhopper on a brugmansia leaf

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