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Cherry leafhoppers are easy to miss, but they can cause big problems.
I can’t deny that leafhoppers are fascinating creatures because they are. I just don’t want them anywhere near my plants.
Cherry leafhoppers (Fieberiella florii Stål) are ¼” long and wedge-shaped. They have wide, flattened heads and narrow, upright rear ends. Depending on what they eat, where they are, and their developmental stage, they may be grayish-brown, green, orange, or tan.
Here is a list of the many diseases that can be spread by cherry leafhoppers:
They also leave collections of white crystalline frass on apples, pomegranates, and stone fruits.
Cherry leafhopper lifecycle
Leafhoppers lay their eggs in soft plant tissue where they are protected through the winter. Nymphs may also overwinter in tiny hideaways. Come spring, the eggs hatch, and nymphs go through several molts before reaching adulthood. These pests are most active during the hottest months of summer.
Leafhoppers are best managed with insecticidal soap.
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