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Potato Leafhopper

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K.A. Delahaut
Revised:  3/26/2012
Item number:  A3723-E

In Wisconsin, the potato leafhopper (Empoasca fabae) is a serious annual pest of snap beans and potatoes. Damage caused by leafhoppers includes stunted plants, brown leaves, and reduced plant vigor.

A wide range of plants serve as hosts for the potato leafhopper, including alfalfa, apples, all types of beans, clover, dahlia, eggplant, potatoes, rhubarb, soybeans, strawberries and other bedding plants. Find out more about this insect’s life cycle and how to best control it in your garden.


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