Leafhoppers are small, wedge-shaped jumping insects. Adults are about ¼ inch long and slender and range in color from green to brown and yellow. Leafhoppers have a distinctive "sideways" walking movement and are excellent flyers. Their eyes are on the side of their head, and they have piercing mouthparts and jointed legs.
Damage From Leafhoppers
Leafhopper adults and nymphs feed by sucking juices out of plant foliage and grass blades. Their saliva is toxic, causing spotting (white specks), yellowing, leaf curling, stunting and distortion of leaves. They can also transmit plant diseases as they feed. Leafhoppers also excrete sticky honeydew, coating the plant and resulting in sooty mold.
Where Leafhoppers are Found Geographically
Leafhoppers are common throughout the United States.
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