Rhododendron Leafhopper in my yard (Netherlands)
Today is a rare tropical day in the Netherlands, with temperatures soaring. Whilst trying to guide our suffering cat through the day I noticed a small bright speckle in the garden, which turned out to be this Rhododendron Leafhopper.
I'm surprised it is a species intro, yet quite happy with that, also because it is the first leafhopper I ever photographed.
The Rhododendron leafhopper , so named as it feeds on the sap of rhododendrons, is native to the USA. The species was introduced to Great Britain in the 1930s and continental Europe in the 1970s. There has been suggestion that the rhododendron leafhopper contributes to the spread of a Rhododendron fungus through Europe.