The occurrence of a member of theCirculifer tenellus species complex (Homoptera: Cicadellidae: Euscelini) in Israel
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Among leafhoppers of the genusCirculifer, there are several important pests of several crops and vector agents of plant diseases. In this report, we describe the occurrence of a leafhopper species closely related to theCirculifer tenellus group, with characteristics that may classify it asC. dubiosus. This insect was found in nature breeding onAtriplex halimus L., a weed belonging to the Chenopodiaceae, mainly in the Jordan Valley. In captivity it produced one generationon A. halimus over a period of almost 45 days at 25°C. The variations of observed structural differences among members of this taxon and their biological significance are discussed.
Key WordsCirculifer spp. beet leafhoppers Chenopodiaceae
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