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Edwardsiana tersa
Family: Cicadellidae

Perhaps the most difficult of all leafhopper genera, with 21 UK species, of which only two are easily identified; the other 19 cannot be identified based on external features alone.


E. tersa
is one of numerous pale yellowish species with no markings. It appears to be generally paler in colour than most Edwardsiana, and is camouflaged against the white undersides of Osier leaves. The aedeagus is distinctive.

A Notable B species recorded widely (but rarely) from, particularly, central England; the host plant is Salix viminalis (Osier), and possibly also S. pentandra.

Adult: July to September
Length ~4 mm
Edwardsiana tersa
Adult: Hereford (August 2012©Joe Botting

Edwardsiana tersa Edwardsiana tersa
Nymph: Hereford (August 2012) ©Joe Botting
Adult: Hereford (September 2007) ©Joe Botting
Edwardsiana tersa aedeagus
Male aedeagus: Hereford (September 2007) ©Joe Botting