Edwardsiana froggatti (Baker)

Apple leafhopper


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Edwardsiana froggatti (Baker 1925)

Common Name: Apple Leafhopper, Canary Fly (Tas.)

Subfamily/Tribe: Typhlocybinae: Typhlocybini

Distribution:NSW, Tas and probably also Vic.

Economic Status: A pest of pome fruit, particularly apples, in which it causes leaf mottling and distortion and, in large numbers, leaf drop and substantial loss of cropping. It has been easily controlled by broad spectrum insecticides applied for control of other apple pests, such as codling moth, but with the reduction in the use of such chemicals in favour of more targetted control measures, apple leafhopper is again becoming a problem. 

Notes: This species was first described from New South Wales despite its apparent European origin. It is closely related to the European Hawthorn Leafhopper, Edwardsiana crataegi, which has not been recorded in Australia and which it resembles. Its bright yellow colouring has led to it being known in Tasmania as the Canary Fly.