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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.

Wildlife Action Plan

Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan graphic

Natural community (habitat) associations

The table below lists the natural communities that are associated with A Leafhopper. Only natural communities for which A Leafhopper is "high" (score=3) or "moderate" (score=2) associated are shown. See the key to association scores for complete definitions. Please see the Wildlife Action Plan to learn how this information was developed.

Natural community Score
Sand Prairie 3
Dry Prairie 2
Dry-mesic Prairie 2

Ecological landscape associations

The table below lists the ecological landscape association scores for A Leafhopper. The scores correspond to the map (3=High, 2=Moderate, 1=Low, 0=None). For more information, please see the Wildlife Action Plan.

This map shows the probability of A Leafhopper occurring in each of Wisconsin's Ecological Landscapes.  Actual scores can be found in the table to the left.

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Landscape-Community combinations of highest ecological priority*

Ecological priorities are the combinations of natural communities and ecological landscapes that provide Wisconsin's best opportunities to conserve important habitats for a given Species of Greatest Conservation Need. The 10 highest scoring combinations are considered ecological priorities and are listed below. More than 10 combinations are listed if multiple combinations tied for 10th place. For more information, please see the Wildlife Action Plan.

* Ecological priority score is a relative measure that is not meant for comparison between species. This score does not consider socio-economical factors that may dictate protection and/or management priorities differently than those determined solely by ecological analysis. Further, a low ecological priority score does not imply that management or preservation should not occur on a site if there are important reasons for doing so locally.

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Issues/threats and conservation actions

Conservation actions respond to issues or threats, which adversely affect species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) or their habitats. Besides actions such as restoring wetlands or planting resilient tree species in northern communities, research, surveys and monitoring are also among conservation actions described in the WWAP because lack of information can threaten our ability to successfully preserve and care for natural resources.

Threats/issues and conservations actions for rare animals

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Last revised: Thursday, October 08, 2020