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A genus of three rather variable species, usually with short wings and a broad outline. Care must be taken over identification due to some inconsistency and confusion in past identification guides.
S. sordidus normally has lateral dark lines on the front part of the vertex, curved near the front margin, but no central transverse streak. The vertex is also less sharply pointed than in S. marginatus, but more so than S. aemulans. Wing length has been used to separate species in this genus in the past, but this appears to be unreliable.
A common deltocephaline leafhopper of (usually damp) grassy places throughout the UK.
Adult: July to September; may overwinter
Length 4.5-6 mm
|Adult: north London (August 2008) ©Tristan
|Adult with genitalia: Merseyside (October 2009) ©Steve Tomlinson
||Adult: north London (August 2008) ©Tristan
|Adult: Cheshire (October 2009) ©Steve Tomlinson