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Japananus hyalinus - Japanese Maple Leafhopper



© Ken Childs

© Ken Childs

© Rob Van Epps- paler individual

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: DeltocephalinaeTribe: Opsiini
Taxonomic Author: (Osborn, 1900)
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A distinctive looking leafhopper. Adults have transparent wings, which can have a bluish, yellowish, or white tint. The wings typically have two to three transverse rufousy bands across the wings, though the bands might not be as apparent in some paler individuals and instead will be replaced by large dots. The wing venation typically is reddish. The head is distinctly pointed, and both the thorax and head are yellowish-green. Some individuals can show a grayish head and wing bands. Nymphs are also distinctive: they resemble Scaphytopius nymphs shape wise, but Japanese Maple nymphs have a much longer head and tail (BG). Nymphs have a pale yellowish-green body with a reddish-tipped abdomen.

See here for diagrams of this species: 3i.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Native to Asia, introduced to North America where it is now common and found across the continent, from coast to coast. (3i)
Abundance: A locally common species, recorded primarily from the Piedmont and Coastal Plain.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Woodlands, mixed hardwood forests, shrubby areas, forest edge, open woodlands, etc.
Plant Associates: Maples, both native and non-native: Acer palmatum (Japanese maple), Acer circinatum, Acer rubrum (red maple), etc. (DL)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: First recorded in the U.S. in 1897 around DC (BG).
Status: Introduced
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Species Photo Gallery for Japananus hyalinus Japanese Maple Leafhopper

Photo by: Erich Hofmann
Craven Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/53480720
Photo by: Erich Hofmann
Craven Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/53480720
Photo by: Erich Hofmann
Craven Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/53480720
Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Photo by: T. DeSantis
Durham Co.
Comment: ENRI
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Hardwood forest, attracted to black light.
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Gates Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat and mixed hardwood, cypress forest; nymphs
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Gates Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat and mixed hardwood, cypress forest; nymphs
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: lots of them.
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: On moth sheet. Very small about 1/4 inch or less long. - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Amanda Auxier
Pender Co.
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Photo by: Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: sweep net
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Camden Co.
Comment: DISW
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: NYMPH, Spotted on Unknown Plant
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; maybe an old or young individual?
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; maybe an old or young individual?