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A Leafhopper (Prairiana cinerea)


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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 (Prairiana cinerea). 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.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.

Documented locations of Prairiana cinerea in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusSC/N
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS2S3
Global RankGNR
Tracked by NHIY

Species guidance

Identification: A yellow brown leafhoppers with two black spots between the reddish-brown eyes. The upper part of the head between the eyes ("the crown") is flattened and produced forward into a parabolic shape. The eyes are separated by a distance greater than the width of the eye and the crown has ocelli on the dorsal surface. Wings are short with rounded tips. Body length about 9mm. The center portion of the pronotum is brown and outer portions are yellow-brown; scutellum is more yellow than the head; wings are yellow brown with some small black spots.

Similar Species: Gyponana and Gypona spp. also have ocelli on the dorsum of the crown (not near the margin) but the wings or dorsum or both are pale green. Gypona dorsum may be black but wings are green.

Habitat: Wisconsin and Minnesota sites are sand prairie habitats.

Host Plant: Unknown though it has been collected on prairie sage, Artemesia frigida. Host may be a woody plant.

State Distribution: Dane and Sauk Cos.

Global Distribution: Known to WI, MN, MB, ND.

Phenology: Collected May 31 and August 30 in Wisconsin but most collections in June.

Life and Natural History: Probably overwinters as a nymph.

Survey Guidelines: Survey for this species using a sweepnet.

Inventory, Monitoring and Research Needs: More information on all aspects of life history and habitat are needed.



A Leafhopper

Photo © John Haarstad.

A Leafhopper

Photo © John Haarstad.

A Leafhopper

Photo © John Haarstad.

Last revised: Thursday, January 10, 2019