Kybos lindbergi (Linnavuori)

The birch leafhopper


Many of the insects depicted on these pages are outwardly similar and you should not use photographs as the sole means of identification. These pages form part of a scientific key which will assist a trained entomologist to identify the species accurately.

Kybos lindbergi (Linnavuori 1951)

Common Name: Birch Leafhopper

Subfamily/Tribe: Typhlocybinae: Empoascini

Distribution: Northern Europe, NSW 

Economic Status: The species is restricted to ornamental birch trees, particularly the silver birch, to which it causes extensive chlorosis giving the trees a mottled appearance.

Notes: This European species was only discovered in Australia early in 1998 on silver birch, Betula pendula, in Orange, on the New South Wales Central Tablelands (Fletcher and Knight 1998). A comparison with a New Zealand record (identified as Kybos betulicola) from 1964 (Dumbleton 1964) indicates that the species in New Zealand is identical.