Athysanus argentarius

Silver Leafhopper

Athysanus argentarius, Silver Leafhopper

Family: Cicadellidae

Subfamily: Deltocephalinae

Length: 7.1-8.0 mm


Johan Christian Fabricius called this species "silver" in its original description and naming. Beirne (1956) referred to it as "stramineous," or straw-colored. Ivory seems like an apt descriptor as well.

The commissure and claval suture are brown, while there is a broad, dark transverse stripe forming a shallow arc that joins the two eyes.

Athysanus argentarius, Silver Leafhopper, lateral photo


Beirne noted that Athysanus argentarius is a European import of the twentieth century that quickly become a common species in grasses.

Insects of West Virginia