Amelia Taylor: Hemiptera 2

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Order: Hemiptera

Family: Cicadellidae "Leafhoppers"

Date of Collection: August 23, 2018

Location: Little Mulberry Park Upstream at 34.0518° N, -83.8878° W

Rank Abundance: 3

Shannon- Weiner Biodiversity Index (H')= 3.166793419

Distinguishing Morphological Features:

-Their hind legs are modified for jumping, and are covered with hairs.

-The tarsi are made of three segments.

-Piercing-sucking mouthparts.

Ecological and Economic / Public Importance:

-Leafhoppers produce brochosomes, which are thought to protect the animals, particularly their egg clutches, from predation as well as pathogens.

-Cicadellidae species are significant agricultural pests.

-Plant pathogens distributed by leafhoppers are also pathogens of the insects themselves, and can replicate within the leafhoppers' salivary glands.

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