White apple leafhopper

White apple leafhopper

Typhlocyba pomaria McAtee

Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae


Adults are creamy white with short antennae, translucent wings, and a long wedge-shaped body (A). Usually found on the underside of leaves, they jump and fly with great agility. Nymphs (B) are yellowish, wingless and very mobile; they generally move in a back-and-forth motion.

  • Damage

    Attacks apple mainly. Feeding causes white mottling of leaves, particularly on the interior of the canopy (C); shiny black excrement on leaves and fruit (D) occurs when adult populations are abundant. Can be a nuisance to pickers at harvest by flying in nose, mouth, and eyes.

    Management

    Monitor the population on leaves (fruit cluster leaves for the 1st generation); when necessary, apply a selective insecticide against immature stages.

    Crops Affected

    • Apples
Michigan State University Michigan State University Close Menu button Menu and Search button Open Close