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Leaf Hopper

Scientific name - Ciculifer tenellus

This pest thrives in the semi–arid regions of the western United States. While direct feeding on sugarbeet plants causes only minor damage, its pest status derives from the transmission of beet curly top virus (BCTV). The beet leafhopper is approximately 1/8” long, wedge shaped, and pale green to brown in color. Beet leafhopper overwinters on rangeland weeds (mustards, desert plantains and other weeds) and migrates to sugarbeet and other crops in the spring as its hosts die.  

There are no symptoms of infestation in the plant, other than those resulting from BCTV.  

Planting curly top tolerant varieties is the best control method to reduce infestations of BCTV. Significant variety performance has also been seen with the use of seed treatment insecticides such as Poncho® Beta.