Aphrodes bicinctus

    Description

    Length 6-7 mm. The appearance of this leafhopper genus is quite distinctive with its duck-billed head, but there are a few quite similar species, and the patterning does vary. Look for the distinctly pale rear wing veins, the lack of any broad pale bands across the forewings and (in a microscope) fine granulation of the forewing cells. This species often has a pale transverse band each on the vertex and pronotum, but not always.

    Aphrodes are one of the most difficult groups of species, relies on size ratios of various characters, including the ratio of the length of the aedeagus to the whole-body length and the shape of the aedeagus. Of the four closely-related species of Aphrodes (makarovi, bicinctus, diminuta and aestuarina), most are likely to be A. makarovi (the commonest) unless good evidence can be provided otherwise. Where a photograph is surrounded by a red box it means the subject is likely to be this species but has not been definitively identified as such.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Detailed examination of the specimen is needed to identify this species. A photograph alone is not normally sufficient because key features are not obvious and there are one or more similar species.

    Habitat

    Found on grasses.

    When to see it

    Adult: June to October.

    UK Status

    It is common across Britain, with regional variations depending on precise habitat.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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