Waterlettuce Leafhopper Draeculacephala inscripta Van Duzee, 1915    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Hemiptera   >   Family Cicadellidae   >   Genus Draeculacephala   


According to BugGuide: "An unmistakable species with heavy dark lines on face and side of head, dorsum green (tip of forewing may be light bluish), legs and sides of head & thorax light blue, and the scutellum often has a distinctive pattern of black dots. The wing venation is often an inconspicuous green (as in Helochara), which is unique to the genus. There are bold vermiculations on pronotum. Often a darker green than most other members of the genus. This species has a very short head compared to other Draecs. Blue forms have been recorded."


"Nymphs and adults feed on Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) and Floating Primrose-willow or Water-primrose (Ludwigia peploides) Leaves of water lettuce heavily infested with nymphs turn a yellow or gold color, but it is not known whether this is symptomatic of a viral disease transmitted by the leafhopper, or due to leaf degradation cause by excessive sap loss." BugGuide.

There are 5 records in the project database.

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Waterlettuce Leafhopper in Dorchester Co., Maryland (5/26/2021). (c) Mark Etheridge, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

Waterlettuce Leafhopper in Carroll Co., Maryland (6/20/2021). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Waterlettuce Leafhopper in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/14/2023). (c) aaronr, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Aaron via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

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