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A Leafhopper (Destria crocea)

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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 (Destria crocea). 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 Destria crocea 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: Short-winged, pale-yellowish leafhopper with no distinctive dorsal markings. The few dark markings on the wings are only at the edges of the veins. Length: 4.0-4.5mm.

Similar Species: Genus Commellus is similar but has a spotted head. Destria head is unmarked. Destria fumidus is darker than D. crocea. The genus needs to be studied.

Habitat: Wet prairie is the only habitat in which the leafhopper has been collected.

Host Plant: Spartina sp. (Hamilton, pers.comm.). Spartina pectinata is frequently encountered in wet prairie, fens, sedge meadows, shorelines, and wet to dry grassy, marly spots along highways in Wisconsin.

State Distribution: One site in Racine County on a small virgin prairie.

Global Distribution: Found in: IL, SK, IN near Lake Michigan, and southeast WI.

Status Comments: This is a very rare prairie insect. Only four collections known.

Rationale for Species Listing and Threats: Destruction of Spartina clumps.

Phenology: Collected July 30 in Wisconsin.

Survey Guidelines: Sweepnet, yellow pan traps.

Inventory, Monitoring and Research Needs: Survey of wet prairies and fens supporting healthy stands of cordgrass for populations of this leafhopper.


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Last revised: Friday, June 01, 2018