Athysanus argentarius

Alternative names
Silver Leafhopper

Length 6.5 to 8 mm.  A large and distinctive straw-coloured species with a dark line parallel to the front of the vertex, continuing across the eyes. There is a narrow longitudinal line along the scutellum and posterior half of the pronotum, with intermittent lateral lines parallel to that. The corio-claval suture is narrowly darkened.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Can be identified by external features at 5-10X magnification.


Can be found in a variety of grassland habitats.

When to see it

Adult: June to September.

Life History

Feeds on grasses.

UK Status

Historically considered scarce and confined to coastal areas in the south-east, this species has now become established inland across parts of central and southern England.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
23/08/2018 (Timms, Sue)
Last record:
05/09/2023 (Timms, Sue)

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