Aster leafhopper

Macrosteles fascifrons

Several species of leafhoppers feed on rice plants in California, but the only one known to be of economic importance is the aster leafhopper. The adults are about 0.125 inch long, with transparent wings that are strongly veined, and body background colors of gray and black. The nymphs have small wing pads in their last instar and range in color from yellow to dark green.
Leafhoppers usually pass the winter in the egg stage, although nymphs and adults may be found all year round. The leafhopper inserts its eggs into tender plant tissues. Wingless nymphs hatch from the eggs and go through four to five molts before reaching maturity. Up to six generations may be completed between spring and fall.

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