A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife
Size: 10 mm. Leafhopper was spotted on the ceiling, attracted to porch light.
Sugarcane is the host plant of this Leafhopper. An additional and unique character of Leafhoppers is the production of brochosomes, which are thought to protect the animals, and particularly their egg clutches, from predation and pathogens. Leafhoppers have piercing-sucking mouthparts, enabling them to feed on plant sap. A Leafhoppers' diet commonly consists of sap from a wide and diverse range of plants, but some are more host-specific. Leafhoppers mainly are herbivores, but some are known to eat smaller insects, such as aphids, on occasion. A few species are known to be mud-puddling, but as it seems, females rarely engage in such behavior.
Spotted on Feb 18, 2015
Submitted on Feb 19, 2015