Pest with a voice: white leafhopper, singing, Japanese and other species

Pest with a voice: white leafhopper, singing, Japanese and other species

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Singing cicadas is associated with something beautiful, romantic and summery. However, in real life, not everything is so rosy, and these ringing insects bring a lot of problems to gardeners and farmers.

Few people know that a cicada is one of the worst enemies of cultivated plants... There are several varieties of voracious "singers", and the neighborhood with each of them can bring significant losses to the farm.


White cicada or metalcafealso known as citrus leafhopper, appeared in Russia quite recently. For the first time they started talking about it in 2009, when a massive insect invasion of farm and agricultural lands began in the Krasnodar Territory. Her homeland is North America, from where she was brought with contaminated fruits and seedlings.

At home, the main food source for metalcafe is citrus plants... However, having fallen into new conditions, she easily adapted.

What does it look like? This is a small insect grayish white color. Body length fluctuates 7 to 9 millimeters and due to the wings it has the shape of a drop. Outwardly, it can be compared to a small moth.

White cicadot - photo:

Citrus leafhopper larvae or nymphs begin to appear in the second half of May... Sometimes on plants you can see white fluffy bloom resembling cotton wool - these are the larvae. It is the nymphs that cause the main damage to agricultural plants.

Why is it dangerous? The larvae of metalcafe not only suck juice from plants, weakening their immunity and slowing down the process of photosynthesis, but are also carriers of viral diseases. It is worth noting that the insect's "diet" includes more than 300 different plant species, ranging from fruit trees to cereals. They are often seen at raspberries, cherries, gooseberries, plums, grapes and other cultures.


Buffalo leafhopper or humpback leafhopper - another type of cicadas, causing great harm to human gardens. This species is native to North America.

The humpback brings huge damage vineyards.

How to recognize? This is a miniature insect of green color and a body length of up to 1 centimeter in females and 7-8 millimeters in males. Above his head is located a kind of outgrowth, because of which the leafhopper got its name. In case of danger, the humpback can fly away from the pursuer.

Buffalo leafhopper - photo:

Why is it dangerous? An adult insect lays eggs on young shoots of grapes. To do this, the leafhopper cuts the bark with its ovipositor, and lays 6-12 eggs in the resulting incisions. Gradually the damaged shoot dies off, and the grown larvae fall to the ground, where they feed on the juices of the nearest plants.

Learn more about buffalo and white leafhoppers, as well as how to deal with them, can be found here.


Habitat of mountain cicada wide enough, this includes countries such as China, Turkey, Palestine, USA, Russia.

It can be found both in the Far East and in the south of Siberia. Perhaps this is the only representative of its class to climb so far north.

Appearance. Mountain cicada - large enough insect, reaching a length of 2.5 centimeters with the wings. Insect color - predominantly the black, however, on the back there is a faint, poorly visible pattern of an orange tint. The wings are transparent, fold up like a house.

Mountain cicada - photo:

What does it eat? Mountain cicada prefers well-warmed uplands of meadows and fields, namely, freestanding trees and shrubs. The larvae can feed on the sap of nearby grasses. Her hard to call a pest, since it does not cause tangible damage to either farmers or agricultural land.

Mountain cicada is a rare species and in some regions they are conservation measures.


The green leafhopper is widespread. It can be found in China, USA, Kazakhstan, all over Russia and in Western Europe. Mostly the pest prefers well wet meadows or marshlands with a lot of sedge.

What does it look like? Females of green leafhoppers are slightly larger than males, the length of their body reaches 8-9 mm, and males no more than 5-6 millimeters... The insect has turquoise - green wings, thanks to which it can fly from place to place. The body is colored yellow-orange, and the abdomen is black and blue.

Green leaf cottage - photo:

What damage does it cause? This is one of the most gluttonous pests... It affects both vegetable and fruit and berry crops, however, the green cicada gives preference to cereals growing in well-humid areas.

Young trees most often suffer from leafhoppers, which in the autumn lays eggs in the incisions made on the bark.


You can meet the common cicada along the entire coast of the Black Sea, in the Mediterranean and in the Caucasus. Since the main habitat of insects is thickets of shrubs and trees, then it is almost impossible to find these cicadas in the meadow or in the steppe.

Appearance. This is enough large insects, reaching a length of 3.5 centimeters, and taking into account the wings - 5-6 centimeters. Cicadas have black and gray body coloration, broad head with two protruding eyes on the sides and three small eyes in the center. There is a fuzzy yellow or orange pattern on the back.

Common cicada - photo:

What harm does it do? Like all other cicadas, this species in all stages of development feeds on plant sapmaking small punctures in the leaves and bark. Females lay eggs in incisions on the bark, and the grown larvae, falling to the ground and burying in it, destroy young roots.

Most often, the common cicada is found in vineyards.


Singing cicadas can be found almost anywhere in the world. These insects love warmth and practically cannot stand the cold... Their habitat includes the countries of North America, the USA, Italy, Mexico, southern Russia, Kazakhstan and other regions.

How to find out? Singing cicadas are mostly enough large insects. Most often they have a dark color, a wide head with bulging eyes and transparent wings. Depending on the genus, their appearance can vary significantly.

Song cicadas - photo:

Damage. Cicadas feed on plant sap, and females lay eggs under the bark.

A small number of cicadas are not able to bring tangible harm to a tree or shrub, but when they accumulate, the plant risks dying.

You can find a cicada by the characteristic sound that this video will introduce you to:


You can meet rose leafhoppers throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Central Asia and North America.

How to find? it very small insects not exceeding 3 millimeters in length. Their body is painted in a pale green or slightly yellowish color with a slight pearlescent tint. Because of this, their extremely difficult to find on plants. The head and sternum are of the same width, and the back is tapered.

Rose leafhopper - photo:

Damage caused. Rose leaf leafhopper affects wild rose, rose, strawberry, lilac, apple, pear, cherry, etc.

Unlike its relatives, this species reproduces rather quickly, due to which in one summer they can seriously harm any vegetable garden or garden plot.

The female lays eggs at the ends of the branches. The hatched larvae are quite voracious and feed on the sap of the plant.

Japanese cicada butterfly

As the name suggests, the homeland of the leafhopper is Japan, from where it was brought to Sukhumi. Now it can be found almost throughout the territory of Georgia, as well as in places with a warm subtropical climate.

What does it look like? The butterfly cicadaster resembles moth with grayish-brown wings, which are adorned with two horizontal stripes of a silvery-gray color.

Japanese cicadot butterfly - photo:

Larvae cicadas jump well in case of danger and have a white fluffy "tail". The body length of the insect reaches 10-11 millimeters.

Japanese cicada larva - photo:

Harm. First of all, it is worth remembering that the Japanese cicada is a pest that affects apple, pear and other fruit trees. However, a favorite treat for him is blackberry. The small size of the pest is compensated female fertility and reproduction rate.

Damaged trees stop growing, become susceptible to viral and fungal diseases.


The jumping leafhopper is native to North America and Europe. It owes its name to the peculiarities of movement - in case of danger, an insect jumps with incredible speed... The jumping leafhopper is not an adult insect, but a grown larva. Like most brethren, she feeds on plant sap, weakening them and becoming common cause of death.

Photo of a jumping cicada:

Exist dozens of cicada speciesspread throughout the earth. Most of them are practically harmless, however, some representatives are able to become serious threat for gardens and vegetable gardens. The methods of pest control are varied and quite successful.

If you were able to determine the genus of the insectsettled on your site, then you will not be difficult to cope with it.

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