Acanalonia conica

(Say, 1830)



BL ♂♀: 7-11 mm. Body bright green, this color fades to yellow in dead specimens. Vertex produced conically. Forewings with whitish veins, apical margin darker; ventral margin of forewings rounded. A description of the nymphal stages can be found in Wilson & McPherson (1981).


  • See for a detailed description of the male and female genitalia Freund & Wilson (1995).

Extremely polyphagous. The species is regarded as a potential pest.


A Nearctic species which was first collected in northern Italy in 2003 (D'Urso & Uliana, 2004). Up till now, the species is recorded from four countries in southern Europe: Italy, Switserland (Trivellone et al., 2015), Romania (Chireceanu, Teodoru, Gutue, Dumitru & Anastasiu, 2017) and Slovenia (Seljak, 2018).

  • Chireceanu, C., A. Teodoru, M. Gutue, M. Dumitru & P. Anastasiu 2017. Two new invasive hemipteran species first recorded in Romania: Orientus ishidae (Matsumura 1902) (Cicadellidae) and Acanalonia conica (Say 1830) (Acanaloniidae). Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 5(2): 824-830.
  • D'Urso, V. & M. Uliana 2004. First record of Acanalonia conica (Issidae) in Italy. Third European Hemiptera Congress, Abstracts, St. Petersburg: 26-27.
  • D'Urso, V. & M. Uliana 2006. Acanalonia conica (Hemiptera, Fulgoromorpha, Acanaloniidae), a Nearctic species recently introduced in Europe. Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Zoologische Reihe 53: 103-107.
  • Freund, R., & S. W. Wilson 1995. The planthopper genus Acanalonia in the United States (Homoptera: Issidae): male and female genitalic morphology. Insecta Mundi 9(3-4): 195-215.
  • Say, T., 1830. Descriptions of new north American Hemipterous insects, belonging to the first family of the section Homoptera of Latreille. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 6: 235-244. (Description)
  • Seljak, G. 2018. Notable  new findings of Auchenorrhyncha (Hemiptera) in Slovenia. Acta Entomologica Slovenica 26(2): 181-194.
  • Trivellone, V., E. Knop, T. Turrini, A. Andrey, J.-Y. Humbert & G. Kunz 2015. New and remarkable leafhoppers and planthoppers (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha) from Switzerland. Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 88(3-4): 273-284.
  • Wilson, S. W., & J. E. McPherson 1981. Life Histories of Acanalonia bivittata and A. conica with Descriptions of Immature Stages. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 74(3): 289-298.


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