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Sage leafhopper - Eupteryx melissae
Sage leafhopper - Eupteryx melissae


Sage leafhopper
The sage leafhopper (Eupteryx melissae) belongs to the genus Eupteryx, in the order Hemiptera, the suborder free-living hemipterans (Auchenorrhyncha), the superfamily Membracoidea, the family leafhoppers (Cidaellidae), and the subfamily Typhlocybinae. The sage leafhopper is found throughout the world.
Sage leafhopper - front view
Sage leafhopper - front view
Adult sage leafhoppers reach body lengths of 2 - 3. 5 mm. Their bodies taper at the front and are club shaped at the rear. The base colour of the body is whitish-green to yellowish-green. On the upper part of the face and forehead there are four to five black spots. The pronotum has two black spots in the middle and three on the sides. The front wings have a pattern made up of dark brown spots and dark edges. The wing veins are distinctly yellow. The legs are whitish-green. The bodies of the immature nymphs are cream coloured.
Cicade - Sage leafhopper
Cicade - Sage leafhopper
The sage leafhopper prefers to live in botanical and private gardens It feeds on the juices of the plant family Lamiaceae - lemon balm, thyme, oregano, lavender, marjoram, mint, rosemary, basil, sage and fire blight (Phlomis).
Sage leafhopper in bright color
Sage leafhopper in bright color
The sage leafhopper reproduces several times in the course of a year. The females lay their eggs on the food plants of the nymphs. The last generation of the year overwinter as eggs. Sage leafhoppers can be observed from May to late autumn. The adults are shy and fly away rapidly when disturbed. Among the natural enemies of the nymphs of sage leafhoppers are: assassin bugs, lacewings and tiny nematodes (about 0. 8 mm in length) of the species Steinernema. The eggs of sage leafhoppers by the Mymaridae, also known as egg parasitoids, are at risk.
Sage leafhopper with a Plant-parasitic Hemipteran
Sage leafhopper with a Plant-parasitic Hemipteran
The sage leafhopperscan cause many herbs, including rosemary, lasting damage. Their sucking the leaves causes white or yellowish spots, and severe infestations of these insects can lead to crop failure.


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1. Sage leafhopper - Eupteryx melissae
2. Sage leafhopper - front view
3. Cicade - Sage leafhopper
4. Sage leafhopper in bright color
5. Sage leafhopper with a Plant-parasitic Hemipteran
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