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Leafhoppers in this genus have a characteristically rather flattened appearance, especially as nymphs. The forewings are wider across the middle than at the tip, the head is markedly narrower than the pronotum and the vertex lacks black markings. The exact pattern of dark markings on the wing veins separates three of the five UK species.
The critical feature in E. pulchella is the presence of a blackish round spot on the external apical vein, rather than a streak as in E. concinna. The ground colour is variable, ranging from pale yellow to orange-pink, sometimes with dark markings on the forewings, pronotum and scutellum.
In the similar but extremely local E. kirschbaumi, the dark spot near the apex is smaller and further from the closest vein junction. In that species, a white background colour is more normal than in E. pulchella.
Widespread and common on oak everywhere except the extreme north of Scoland.
Adult: July to October
Length 4 mm
south London (July 2007) ©Joe
|Adult: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: north London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Eurhadina sp nymph: south London (August
||Eurhadina sp nymph: north London (June
2008) ©Tristan Bantock