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A Leafhopper (Paraphlepsius maculosus)


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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 (Paraphlepsius maculosus). 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 Paraphlepsius maculosus in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusSC/N
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS1S3
Global RankGNR
Tracked by NHIY

Species guidance

Identification: A large leafhopper (male 6.7mm; female 7.0mm in length) with the head as wide as the thorax. Long wings covered with vermiculate dark lines, appearing black and white mottled.

Similar Species: Genus Texananus is similar but the head is narrower than the thorax and the wings usually have three white spots down the midline. Species P. exilis is very similar.

Habitat: Dry prairie, oak savanna, barrens.

Host Plant: Asters are suspected.

Associated Species: P. exilis is in the same habitats. Has been collected with Polyamia dilata in northeastern IN.

State Distribution: Fort McCoy in Monroe County.

Global Distribution: Found in the following states: IL, OH, NY, IN, and WI.

Phenology: Adults appear in mid to late July through September.

Life and Natural History: Single-brooded. Apparently overwinters as eggs in the stems or leaves of the foodplant.

Survey Guidelines: Sweepnet, caught in Wisconsin in flight intercept traps.

Inventory, Monitoring and Research Needs: Much information is yet to be learned about this species. Survey potential habitat.



A Leafhopper

Photo by Kathryn Kirk, WDNR.

Last revised: Wednesday, November 07, 2018