Leafhopper update

by Patrick Kavanagh

Since discovering the wondrous little Cicadellidae Leafhopper nymphs on our Long-leafed Box leaves a month or so ago, I’ve been checking on them regularly to see how they develop. Quite a few have by now moulted into adult form. I recently found a nymph that was about as large as an adult – about 4 mm – and got the camera. The nymphs I’d seen before were significantly smaller. I was stunned when I saw the photos on my computer to see the tiny red mite on the nymph’s thorax. I find it amazing to see how small arthropods can get!

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Leafhopper (adult form) @ Strangways, 8th January 2015.

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Leafhopper nymph with mite.

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