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Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org
Neoaliturus haematoceps (Mulsant & Rey) - Adult(s)   Leafhoppers are a group of small insects with piercing-sucking mouthparts. Most leafhoppers are green-brown in color and average approximately 3-4 mm in length. Leafhoppers derive their name from their hopping behavior. Nymphs are generally lighter green in color. Adults appear somewhat similar to immatures but lack wings.

Both adult and nymphs puncture the underside of leaves and suck out plant juices. Feeding injury causes stunting and leaf curl. During the process of feeding, the hoppers inject a toxin that causes "hopper burn" This malady is characterized by a yellowing of the tissue at the tip and margin of leaves. Damage can cause the leaf to eventually scorch and drop from the plant.
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