Diagnostic studies of mango leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) from India
Srinivasa N, Naresh Meshram M and PR Shashank
Mango leafhoppers were causing main threat to yield of mangoes. Lack of sophisticated and well-illustrated photographs to identify them is creating the problems to identify a species. The study was conducted to survey and collection of mango leafhoppers from major mango growing areas in India during the period of 2013-15 to develop diagnostic keys to identify them. Twelve species of mango leafhoppers were found in survey and collection they belongs to family Cicadellidae with two subfamily Idiocerinae and Typhlocybinae were studied. The characters were studied are head, thorax and abdomen where colour, shape, spot and wing venation variations were studied along with emphasis was laid on male genitalia variation for the development of diagnostic keys with well-illustrated photographs were provided for easy identification.