Cicadella lasiocarpae Ossiannilsson, 1981

Published in: Ossiannilsson, F. (1981a) The Auchenorrhyncha (Homoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. 2. The families Cicadidae, Cercopidae, Membracidae, and Cicadellidae (excl. Deltocephalinae). Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica. Klampenborg: Scandinavian Sci. Press. 7(2): I-II + 223-593.

Description & Identification

Cicadella lasiocarpae has a slender body shape with a wide head. Adults are 6 - 10mm long

As is typical with leafhoppers, the hind tibia has one to three rows of spines running along the entire length:

Cicadella lasiocarpae is yellowish-green, lacking the blueish colouration seen in the more common Cicadella viridis.

(Harkin & Stewart 2019)


Ossiannilsson, 1981

Common Names (full list)

Source: Taxon list of Auchenorrhyncha from Germany compiled in the context of the GBOL project

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Worldwide Distribution


Distribution point data provided by GBIF.

UK Status: Present

Limited distribution with records from Ireland & north Wales. Found on sedges, especially Carex nigra, in wet, often peaty, habitats.

Vector Status

C. lasiocarpae feeds on the liquid contents of the xylem vessels of its host plant. As such, it is a potential vector of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa which has caused the death of many olive trees in southern Europe, although this disease has not been detected in the UK. (Harkin & Stewart 2019)

Plant Diseases