- Beet leafhopper
Beet leafhopper Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Hemiptera Family: Cicadellidae Genus: Circulifer Species: C. tenellus Binomial name Circulifer tenellus
The beet leafhopper (Circulifer tenellus) is a species of leafhopper with a longer, thinner build than most. It is found across much of the United States and Mexico, in South Africa and from the countries around the Mediterranean Sea to Central Asia .
The beet leafhopper is the carrier of the dreaded curly top virus. A single feeding from a beet leafhopper can infect a nightshade plant like tobacco, tomato, chili pepper, or eggplant, infecting it and rendering it useless for agriculture.
- ^ "Distribution maps of quarantine pests for Europe: Circulifer tenellus". European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization. 2006-09-19. http://pqr.eppo.org/datas/CIRCTE/CIRCTE.pdf.
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