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melissae Sage Leafhopper
E. melissae is the commonest leafhopper to occur on sage, (but see also E. decemotata) and in the southern part of England is virtually ubiquitous on it. It also feeds on a variety of other labiates such as mallow, lemonbalm and catmint.
There are three large more or less rounded spots on the vertex and six smaller spots along the anterior of the pronotum, with an irregularly-shaped greyish area behind this.
Compare: E. decemnotata
Adult: May to October, may overwinter
Length 3 mm
|Adult on sage : north London (November 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult on sage: Leics (September 2008) ©David Gould
||Adult on sage: Berks (September 2007) ©Jonathan Michaelson
south London (September 2007) ©Joe
||Adult: north London (February 2008) ©Tristan Bantock|
|Nymph: north London (February 2008) ©Tristan Bantock|