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A Leafhopper (Laevicephalus vannus)

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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 (Laevicephalus vannus). 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 Laevicephalus vannus in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusSC/N
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS1S2
Global RankGNR
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Species guidance

Identification: A leafhopper. This genus is distinguished by the distinctly pointed head and male abdomen. Wings are as long as the body and any dark markings are confined to the ends of the veins. L. vannus is yellow with white tegmina and yellow veins. Head of the male is bluntly pointed, female head is longer.

Similar Species: The head of L. vannus lacks longitudinal stripes found in others of the genus. L. minimus has greenish tegmina with narrow yellow veins that barely contrast with the background color. It ranges into at least southwestern Wisconsin and is a specialist on Bouteloua curtipendula, side-oats grama grass.

Habitat: Dry prairie, barrens.

Host Plant: Members of this genus are highly host specific especially in the northern parts of the range and many feed on Bouteloua sp., the grama grasses. Hicks and Whitcomb have stated that L. vannus uses Bothriochloa spp. (1993). The only species of this genus to come close to Wisconsin is silver beardgrass or silvery bluestem, B. laguroides, reported from Illinois.

Associated Species: Perhaps Laevicephalus unicoloratus, a common species on bluegrass, may be present.

State Distribution: Sauk Co. possibly Monroe Co.

Global Distribution: Found in the following states: NM, TX, OK, SD, WI, and MN.

Phenology: Collected Aug 15 in Wisconsin.

Inventory, Monitoring and Research Needs: Continue to survey potential habitat. Identification of the foodplant is needed.


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Last revised: Wednesday, November 07, 2018