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Empoasca devastans Distant

Membracoidea : Cicadellidae
Diseases Transmitted

Distribution Map
(simplified continental distribution)
Geographical Distribution:

Recorded Distribution(s):
This species is common in many areas of India (Afzal and Ghani 1953 [6]). It has been reported from Burma (Mathur 1953 [499]). (Nielson, 1968)

Empoasca devastans Distant
Diseases Transmitted Pathogen Type
Crops Affected by Empoasca devastans Distant
Rice Citrus Carrot
Barley Apple Tomato
Maize (Corn) Pear Potato
Sugarcane Elm Strawberry
Wheat Palms Rubus
Sorghum Grapevine Papaya
Other (grasses/cereals) Ornamentals Peach

Thomas and Krishnaswami (784) first reported in 1939 this species as a vector of little leaf of brinjal (eggplant). However, only one of nine plants tested became diseased. There are no records confirming transmission, and it is unlikely that the Species will become important as a vector owing to its association with cotton.
(Nielson 1968)

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Species Description

Small, fragile species. Length of male 4.50—5.00 mm., female 5.00 mm.

General colour yellow. Crown yellow with two black spots on anterior margin; pronotum orange yellow; elytra light yellow with two black spots distad of middle.

Pygofer in lateral aspect about as long as wide, ventral margin with distinct long spine extending posterodorsad beyond dorsal margin of pygofer; aedeagus in lateral aspect with long basal process; aedeagal shaft curved, short, attenuated apically; gonopore apical; style in dorsal aspect simple, lateral margin of apices serrate; female seventh sternum in ventral aspect with caudal margin convergent apically.

Species Diagnosis

This species is similar to papayae in genital characteristics and can be distinguished by the male pygofer with a long, ventral, spinelike process.

(Nielson 1968)


Host Plant Activity Period (Months) Dormancy Generations
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Eggs -
Nymphs -
Adult -
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Empoasca devastans Distant

Higher taxonomy

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Superfamily Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Cicadamorpha
Membracoidea Cicadellidae
Subfamily: Typhlocybinae
Empoasca devastans Distant
Nielson, M. W. 1968b. The leafhopper vectors of phytopathogenic viruses (Homoptera, Cicadellidae). Taxonomy, biology and virus transmission. United States Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin . 1382 386 pp.
Record last updated - 12/09/2019