Leafhopper

The Leafhopper (Coelidiinae subfamily) is a small insect in the Cicadellidae family of leafhoppers.

The Leafhopper can be varied in colour, from brown to multi-colours. Most of them are dull and not very conspicuous. It has strong hind (back) legs that are modified for jumping. The back legs are covered with hairs. It has short antennae. It has two simple eyes, called ocelli, on the top of its head. It has two sets of wings – the front wings and the hind wings. It has a mouthpart with a sucking and piercing part that enables it to stick into plants to sip the juices. 

Leafhopper

It measures about 1 centimetre (a third of an inch).

It is found all over the world in various habitats.

The Leafhopper is an herbivorous plant feeder that sucks the sap (juice) from grass, shrubs, flowers, and trees. Some Leafhoppers are regarded as pests because they can destroy plants and transmit plant diseases.

It undergoes partial metamorphosis. The life cycle of a Leafhopper is egg, nymph, and adult. It does not have a pupal stage (butterflies and moths have a pupal stage). 

Leafhopper
Leafhopper

[Location of photographs: Paris, France]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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