leaf·​hop·​per | \ ˈlēf-ˌhä-pər How to pronounce leafhopper (audio) \

Definition of leafhopper

: any of a family (Cicadellidae) of small leaping homopterous insects that suck the juices of plants

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Recent Examples on the Web Workers harvest the tea leaves in the summer by hand, after the leafhoppers have their fill. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "How to Tea-Taste Your Way Through Taiwan," 26 Nov. 2019 In leafhoppers, pronotum cells flipped their genes on and off much like cells in the rest of the thorax. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Treehoppers’ Bizarre, Wondrous Helmets Use Wing Genes to Grow," 9 Dec. 2019 Green leafhoppers arrive each summer to feast on the sap of its growing tea leaf tips, and the insects’ tiny bites cause the leaves to become partially oxidized, resulting in their distinct scent and flavor. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "How to Tea-Taste Your Way Through Taiwan," 26 Nov. 2019 For the next 15 years, Baumann, Moran, and their colleagues used similar DNA analyses to document equally long-term relationships between bacteria and white flies, spittlebugs, cicadas, leafhoppers, and psyllids. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "A love of insects and their microbial partners helped this biologist reveal secrets of symbiosis," 14 Nov. 2019 Legions of professional entomologists fret about sawflies, ambrosia beetles, scale insects and leafhoppers. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "Learning to live with — even enjoy — insects in the garden," 7 Aug. 2019 Other species of true bugs include stink bugs, cicadas, aphids and leafhoppers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Milkweed offers great learning activity for kids," 10 Aug. 2019 Other leafhoppers and sharpshooters can also transmit the bacteria. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Why You Should Check Your Garden for "Cuckoo Spit" on Your Plants," 29 May 2019 Pests controlled: Yellow traps attract whiteflies, fruit flies, male winged scales, leafhoppers, fungus gnats, midges, male winged mealybugs and leafminers, thrips, psyllids, and winged aphids. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Leafhopper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leafhopper. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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