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A Leafhopper (Flexamia prairiana)

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State status

Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin

The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for A Leafhopper (Flexamia prairiana). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

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Documented locations of Flexamia prairiana in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusSC/N
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS1S2
Global RankGNR
Tracked by NHIY

Species guidance

Identification: A leafhopper. Males are yellow, brown, ivory, or tan with typically rounded-tipped wings to the end of the abdomen. The head is not flattened but is strongly produced forward and pointed. The wings of this genus have black reflexed veins at the outer margin, but no more than 2 or 3 such veins.

Similar Species: Similar genera have a distinctive "M" marking on the dorsum of the crown and are found on forbs instead of grasses.

Habitat: Endemic to prairie, perhaps mesic to wet prairie or prairie fen. Associated with sites along Great Lakes shorelines.

Host Plant: Andropogon gerardii, big bluestem.

State Distribution: Jefferson and Waukesha Cos.

Global Distribution: Found in southern ON and the following states: IL, MI, MN, WI, MB, IA, and KS.

Rationale for Species Listing and Threats: Loss of prairie habitat, inappropriate burn management.

Phenology: Adults in August and September.

Life and Natural History: Probably eggs laid in late summer in above ground grass tissue.

Survey Guidelines: Sweepnet natural stands of big bluestem on native prairie.

Inventory, Monitoring and Research Needs: Survey wet prairie habitats.


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Last revised: Thursday, January 10, 2019