Hyalesthes (genus)

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Hyalesthes obsoletus (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Michael F. Schönitzer
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Hyalesthes Signoret, 1865

This genus of planthoppers contains about 30 species and is found mainly in the Mediterranean region. Several species are known or suspected vectors of phytoplasma diseases. The most important one being Hyalesthes obsoletus which transmits stolbur phytoplasma diseases.

The species of Hyalesthes have patterns of black and white or brown and yellowish. The genus is characterized by 5 weakly developed keys on the mesonotum, and a vertex with a single transverse keel. The styles of the male genitalia are sickle-shaped.

Type species: Hyalesthes obsoletus

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: