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Rhododendron leafhopper
Rhododendron leafhopper


Rhododendron leafhopper
The Rhododendron leafhopper (Graphocephala fennahi; synonym Graphocephala coccinea) is a species of cicadas in the order Hemiptera, the suborder Auchenorrhyncha, the infraorder Cicadomorpha, the superfamily Membracoidea, the family leafhoppers (Cicadellidae), the subfamily Cicadellinae and the genus Graphocephala. The Rhododendron leafhopper is the only species of the genus Graphocephala in Europe.
Rhododendron leafhopper - Graphocephala fennahi
Rhododendron leafhopper - Graphocephala fennahi
Adult Graphocephala fennahi reach body lengths of 8 - 9 mm. Their bodies are bright green, orange and dark-purple in colour. The legs, abdomen and head are yellow.
Graphocephala fennahi - Rhododendron leafhopper - side face
Graphocephala fennahi - Rhododendron leafhopper - side face
While the adults feed on the juices of various plants, such as ivy, linden, and maple, the larvae live exclusively from the juice of rhododendron. This species came from America to Europe with the introduction of rhododendron, and has been common in Europe since the 30s.
Leafhopper - Graphocephala fennahi
Leafhopper - Graphocephala fennahi
Rhododendron leafhopper - back view
Rhododendron leafhopper - back view


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1. Rhododendron leafhopper
2. Rhododendron leafhopper - Graphocephala fennahi
3. Graphocephala fennahi - Rhododendron leafhopper - side face
4. Leafhopper - Graphocephala fennahi
5. Rhododendron leafhopper - back view
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