Rhododendron leafhopper

4th September 2011, Sunday

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This beautiful leafhopper Graphocephala fennahi was found in my moth trap this morning near Staplecross. It is a native to the USA where it is called the Scarlet and Green leafhopper and was introduced into Europe in the early 1900s. It is one of the few insects to use rhododendrum as a foodplant, hence its English common name of Rhododendrum leafhopper.