So... What are Leafhoppers?
Adult leafhoppers are brown, gray, or greenish in color and measure up to 1/2" in length. These thin, wedge-shaped insects will take flight immediately if disturbed.
Nymphs look like smaller adult leafhoppers, but they do not have wings and therefore, jump about if bothered. The eggs of the leafhoppers are so tiny, they generally will go unseen.
Reproduction Patterns of Leafhoppers
Adult females lay eggs in the Spring when trees start sprouting leaves. She lays her eggs inside the leaves. These eggs generally hatch within two weeks and the nymphs emerge and begin their development, feeding on the juices of the leaves and stems.
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After several weeks or months of feeding and several moltings, they will develop into adults. The length of time for development depends upon the species of leafhopper.
Leafhoppers are found throughout the world, including North America. They are found in almost all habitats where leafy vegetation is found. They inhabit forests, deserts, agricultural fields and home gardens, and most habitats in between!
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