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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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 Pests controlled: Use horticultural oils to combat aphids, mites, beetles, leaf miners, caterpillars, thrips, leafhoppers, and whiteflies. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 Damsel Bugs Damsel bugs feed on aphids, small caterpillars, leafhoppers, thrips, and other pesky pests. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Insects You Should Actually Want Around Your Plants," 11 May 2016 Corn + Beans The beans attract beneficial insects that prey on corn pests such as leafhoppers, fall armyworms and leaf beetles. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "26 Plants You Should Always Grow Side-By-Side," 3 Feb. 2017 The white apple leafhopper closely resembles white flies. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cool, rainy spring prompts alert for fire blight on Valley trees, plants | Idaho Statesman," 26 Apr. 2018 There was one group in the study, the leafhoppers, whose numbers actually increased in the presence of a compressor. Veronique Greenwood, The Atlantic, "Is Noise Pollution Making Desert Bugs Disappear?," 2 June 2017 The researchers found that male leafhoppers optimize the process by first accurately identifying a potential mate and then finding her as quickly as possible. Mary Bates, WIRED, "Lustful Leafhoppers Locate Each Other Through Good Vibrations," 18 Sep. 2014

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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