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Lucerne flea (Clover flea, Clover springtail)
Sminthurus viridis

Lucerne flea is a small (2.5 mm), wingless, light green hopping insect. It chews through leaves in layers resulting in "window-pane" like holes.

The adult lucerne flea is approximately 3 mm long with light green-yellow colouring and an irregular pattern of darker patches over the body. Lucerne fleas are wingless, have globular abdomens and can jump large distances relative to their size. Their mottled colouration, small size and elusive habits can often make detection difficult.