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A Leafhopper (Destria crocea)

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Overview

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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.

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


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
WWAP SGCN

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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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
Wet Prairie 3
Wet-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.

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Last revised: Tuesday, May 21, 2019