Cicadella lasiocarpae Ossiannilsson, 1981
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)
Common Names (full list)
Source: Taxon list of Auchenorrhyncha from Germany compiled in the context of the GBOL project
Images provided by GBIF data providers. We cannot verify that identifications are correct.
UK Status: Present
Limited distribution with records from Ireland & north Wales. Found on sedges, especially Carex nigra, in wet, often peaty, habitats.
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)