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An Issid Planthopper (Fitchiella robertsonii)

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State status

Note: An Issid Planthopper (Fitchiella robertsonii) was added to the Wisconsin E/T list on January 1, 2014 per administrative rule ER-27-11. Learn more

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 An Issid Planthopper (Fitchiella robertsonii). 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 Fitchiella robertsonii in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusTHR
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS1S2
Global RankGNR
Tracked by NHIY

Species guidance

Identification: A leafhopper slightly over 4mm in length with short wings and the block pattern on the wings is created from very pale veins. The abdomen is brown, paler below.

Similar Species: A. inimicus has a black abdomen and the block pattern is darker. The head of inimicus has two black dorsal dots behind the pronotum that is lacking in kansiensis.

Habitat: Prairie habitat. Muhlenbergia cuspidata is locally common on goat prairies along the Mississippi River and rare in Dane and Green Counties in dry prairies.

Host Plant: Feeds on Muhlenbergia cuspidata in Kansas (Hamilton, pers.comm.).

State Distribution: Green and Iowa Cos.

Global Distribution: Found in: KS, IA, IL, and WI.

Phenology: Adults collected in early August.

Survey Guidelines: Collected in yellow pan traps.

Inventory, Monitoring and Research Needs: Many questions to be answered about this species. Survey potential habitat along the Mississippi River bluffs.


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Last revised: Friday, June 01, 2018