Common Name: Leafhopper

Order Name: Homoptera

Family Name: Cicadellidae

With an exclusive diet of plant juices, leafhoppers produce a sweet byproduct known as honeydew. This substance often inspires mutually beneficial relationships with ants where honeydew is traded for a little ant protection. Some species of leafhoppers are pests of cotton and wine plantations and damage their plant hosts with a digestive liquid they inject in order to dissolve chlorophyll. They are elusive insects capable of impressive jumping and flight if needed.