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Rose Leafhopper - Typhlocyba rosae - Side view
Rose Leafhopper - Typhlocyba rosae - Side view

Rose leafhopper
The rose leafhopper (Typhlocyba rosae) is a species in the order Hemiptera, the suborder Auchenorrhyncha, the infraorder Cicadomorpha, the superfamily Membracoidea, the family leafhoppers (Cidaellidae), the subfamily Typhlocybinae, and the genus Typhlocyba. This species is widespread throughout the world.
Leafhopper - Rose Leafhopper
Leafhopper - Rose Leafhopper
Adult Typhlocyba rosae reach body lengths of about 3 mm. The upper surface of the body is yellowish-green and pale yellow in colour. In addition, the upper surface has a mottling of yellowish white. The undersides are yellowish-green. The head is remarkably broad.
Rose Leafhopper - Typhlocyba rosae
Rose Leafhopper - Typhlocyba rosae
The larvae of rose leafhoppers are cream coloured. Rose leafhoppers and their larvae pierce the leaf tissue and suck plant juices from the underside of rose petals. The rose plants initially show a fine, white and yellow mottling on the leaves. Rose leafhoppers usually start sucking along the leaf veins and later spread out onto the whole leaf. After a while the leaves of infected plants are densely dotted with numerous pale stains and they then wither and fall off. Similar damage is caused by spider mites. For spider mite infestation, the evidence is the lack of Rose leafhopper and their missing larvae on the leavesí undersides.
Adult rose leafhoppers fly away when disturbed, while the nymphs make long jumps to escape. Rose leafhoppers reproduce twice a year., They can breed especially well in warm summer weather. The eggs of the second generation overwinter in the bark of the sprouts of roses. The larvae, hatch in the spring and possess only rudimentary wings. The adult cicadas (fully developed and equipped with wings) move to their summer host plants in June, as well as to plants of the genus Capsicum. From mid-August to September, the females migrate back to the roses to store their eggs in the bark, which then overwinter.
Assassin bugs, ground beetles, predatory mites and spiders are natural enemies of rose leafhoppers. The rose leafhopper can be a serious problem in enclosed spaces if its natural enemies are absent.

Typhlocyba rosae
Common namesRose Leafhopper
German namesRosenzikade
French namesCicadelle du rosier
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
Continents: America,
North America,

Ecozones: Nearctic

Taxonomic statusSynonymus of Edwardsiana rosae

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1. Rose Leafhopper - Typhlocyba rosae - Side view
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AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
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