Graphocephala fennahi Rhododendron Leafhopper Young, 1977

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Classification Homoptera Family: Cicadellidae

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Length 8 -10 mm

Phenology Adult: July-Novemeber


This species was intyroduced circa 1900 to Europe and is more predominant in the south but can be found below mid latitudes

Life Cycle The Adult and larvae feed on the sap of Rhododendron from the undersides of the leaves., being one of very few insects utilising this plant as food , more readily observed early morning as they bask in sunlight to warm body temperature

Habitat Parks and gardens.Distribution: Found firmly established on rhododendrons in S and central England

Graphocephala fennahi (aka)

By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Rhododendron-Zikade 2006 08
By Karsten Dörre (= user grizurgbg) (selbst fotografiert von Karsten Dörre) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons