First reports of the invasive grass-feeding leafhopper balclutha rubrostriata (Melichar) (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) in the United States

James N. Zahniser, Steven Joseph Taylor, Jean K. Krejca

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Abstract

The invasive leafhopper Balclutha rubrostriata (Melichar) was found in abundance in Bexar County, Texas. An arthropod diversity study along highway right-of-way in September and October, 2008 identified B. rubrostriata as the single most abundant species. This is the first peerreviewed published record of this invasive species in the mainland United States. Other records of this species in the U.S. are discussed. Diagnostic characters of the adults are provided and illustrated, and the nymph is described and illustrated for the first time. Genomic DNA was extracted from one adult and one nymph specimen, and the mitochondrial COI gene was sequenced for each and yielded identical sequences, thus confirming the association of the nymph and adult. Sequences are deposited in GenBank for future use in diagnostic or other studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-138
Number of pages7
JournalEntomological News
Volume121
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

Keywords

  • COI
  • Deltocephalinae
  • Macrostelini
  • PCR primer
  • Texas
  • invasive species
  • leafhopper

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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