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Orientus ishidae - Japanese Leafhopper



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view

© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A very distinctively marked and colored leafhopper, 4.3-6.5 mm in length. This species has an orange checkered appearance, with orange markings on the body and back amid black and white marks; the amount of orange can vary among individuals, with some mostly orange and others only partially orange. On the head there is an orange band extending between the eyes, followed by a white band at the edge before the head slopes downwards. The eyes can also be orange, and the legs are mostly orange except for a black base near the body. Nymphs are tan, yellow, or reddish in color, sometimes boldly marked, with a narrow head and elongate antennae and contrastingly white feet, characteristic of this species (BG).
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Native to eastern Asia, first recorded in the U.S. in New Jersey in 1919 and now widespread throughout North America, especially in the East (BG).
Abundance: Scattered records across the state with a majority in the Piedmont; likely more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Hardwood and mixed forests, forest edges/clearings, meadows and other grassy areas (BG).
Plant Associates: Various shrubs
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species causes a characteristic brown blotching with a bright yellow margin that merges with the green part of the leaf on affected plants (OI).
Status: Introduced
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Species Photo Gallery for Orientus ishidae Japanese Leafhopper

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Halifax Co.
Comment: grassy, field type habitat near mixed hardwood forest; a paler individual
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf, Patrick Coin
Halifax Co.
Comment: grassy area and mixed hardwood forest edge near pine forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest edge; an apparent male
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: open forest habitat, near mixed hardwoods; on a lawn
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: open forest habitat, near mixed hardwoods; on a lawn
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Attracted to porch light.
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: moth sheet - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: UV light - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Wake Co.
Comment: unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv lights - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: seemed green? - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6 mm female, forest and beaver dam edge
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6 mm female, forest and beaver dam edge
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6 mm female, forest and beaver dam edge
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27289609