Leafhopper – Cicadellidae

Athysanus argentarius

A large and distinctive straw-coloured species with a dark line parallel to the front of the vertex, continuing across the eyes. There is a narrow longitudinal line along the scutellum and posterior half of the pronotum, with intermittent lateral lines parallel to that. The corio-claval suture is narrowly darkened.
Historically considered scarce and confined to coastal areas in the south-east, this species has now become established inland across parts of central and southern England and can be found in a variety of grassland habitats. Further records are of interest to Ledra the Auchenorrhyncha Recording Scheme for Britain & Ireland. My first record for this species was September 2008.


Author: Mick Talbot

Besotted with nature in all its wondrous formats.

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