The Green Leafhopper (Empoasca decipiens) is an insect in the Cicadellidae family of leafhoppers.
The Green Leafhopper is green, and sometimes it has a pale-blue tint. It has strong hind (back) legs that are modified for jumping. The back legs are also 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.
It measures about 1 centimetre (a third of an inch).
It is found all over most of Europe, North Africa, and the Near East. It is usually seen from June to December.
It is diurnal, active during the day.
The Green Leafhopper is an herbivorous plant feeder that sucks the sap (juice) from grass, shrubs, flowers, trees, and vegetables. The Green Leafhoppers is regarded as a pest because it can destroy vegetable plants, such as beans, peas, pototatoes, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
It undergoes partial metamorphosis. The life cycle of a Green Leafhopper is egg, nymph, and adult. It does not have a pupal stage (butterflies and moths have a pupal stage).
The female Green Leafhopper lays eggs in the stem of a plant. She has an ovipositor at the end of her tail which is used to lay eggs. The eggs hatch into nymphs after 1-4 days. The nymphs do not have wings. It takes nymphs 10-37 days to become an adult.
Location: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM