Tag Archives: Cicadellidae

Dryadomorpha lais (Eyles & Linnavuori)

Rarotongan Dryad Leafhopper (Dryadomorpha lais)

The Rarotongan Dryad Leafhopper, originally described as a distinct species, is now often regarded as being identical with the Metrosideros Dryad Leafhopper (Dryadomorpha metrosideri (Osborn)).

I personally, however, doubt that these two species are identical.

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References:

[1] Herbert Osborn: Cicadellidae of the Marquesas Islands. Bishop Museum Bulletin 114: 239-269. 1935
[2] A. C. Eyles; R. Linnavuori: Cicadellidae and Issidae (Homoptera) of Niue Island, and material from the Cook Islands. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 1(1): 29-44. 1974

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edited: 23.06.2017

Nesophrosyne aakokohaikea Bennett

Pale-veined Kanawao Leafhopper (Nesophrosyne aakokohaikea)

The Pale-veined Kanawao Leafhopper is a dark colored species with some pale yellow spots and lines on the wings that form a somewhat face-like pattern when the wings are closed.

The males reach a size of about 0,4 cm, the females are about 0,55 cm large.

This species was described in the year 2011.

It is restricted to the south eastern slope of Mauna Loa on the island of Hawai’i, where it can be found on the leaves of its sole host plant, the kanawao (Broussaisia arguta Gaudich.).

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References:

[1] Gordon M. Bennett; Patrick M. O’Grady: Review of the native Hawaiian leafhopper genus Nesophrosyne (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae) with descriptions of eight new species associated with Broussaisia arguta. Zootaxa, 2805: 1-25. 2011

Nesophrosyne broussaisiai Bennett

Maui Kanawao Leafhopper (Nesophrosyne broussaisiai)

This new species, that was described in the year 2011, is restricted to the island of Maui, where the animals can be found on the leaves of the kanawao (Broussaisia arguta Gaudich.).

The Maui Kanawao Leafhopper can be assigned to a species group (kanawao species group), that is so far known only from the islands of Hawai’i and Maui, and that currently contains five species, which resemble each other in appearance, and which are adapted to kanawao as their only host plant.

The males are about 0,42 cm long, while the females are slightly larger.

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References:

[1] Gordon M. Bennett; Patrick M. O’Grady: Review of the native Hawaiian leafhopper genus Nesophrosyne (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae) with descriptions of eight new species associated with Broussaisia arguta. Zootaxa 2805: 1-25. 2011