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Rose leafhopper can cause a course pale mottling to the leaves of roses and some other related plants.
Rose leafhopper (Edwardsiana rosae) on rose
Leafhoppers are small sap-feeding insects that feed on the undersides of leaves often causing a place mottling. Rose leafhopper adults are pale yellow adult insects are 3.5-4mm long and sit with their wings folded back over their bodies. When disturbed, they readily jump and fly short distances.
Pale, coarse, mottling is seen on the upper leaf surface of roses. Over time, the mottled area can expand leaving foliage looking blanched. Heavy infestations can cause leaves to turn brown and fall prematurely.
Although unsightly roses are usually able to withstand heavy attacks and control is not always necessary.
There are no non-chemical control methods.
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Rose leafhopper overwinters as eggs inserted in the leaves and young shoots which hatch in May. The creamy white immature stages, known as nymphs, then begin to feed on the lower leaf surface. They reach the adult stage in July and lay eggs which hatch to produce a second generation.
Overwintering eggs are laid in the autumn but in mild areas the adults may persist until late winter. Roses growing in warm sheltered positions are particularly at risk of attack.
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