Rhododendron Leafhopper - Graphocephala fennahi

    Alt Name
    Scarlet and Green Leafhopper.
    Description

    Length 8 to 10 mm. This large and striking species is native to the USA, where it is known as the Scarlet and Green Leafhopper.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Where Rhododendron is present.

    When to see it

    Adult: July to November. Adults can be found from mid-summer until quite late in the autumn, laying eggs in the leaf buds which hatch the following spring.

    Life History

    Both adults and larvae feed on Rhododendron sap, and it is one of the few insects to use this shrub as a foodplant.

    UK Status

    It was introduced to Europe in the early 1900s, and can now be found widely in southern Britain in areas where the food plant is present.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland with only 5 records to 2015, although it may be numerous where it occurs.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map