Amelia Taylor: Hemiptera 2
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.
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.