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Subject: Actionable insect (Draeculacephala tucumanensis Dietrich) intercepted on Colombian roses at Miami port of entry
Date posted: February 19, 2003
Source: PPQ
Dietrich, C.H. 1994. Systematics of the leafhopper genus Draeculacephala Ball (Homoptera: Cicadellidae). Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 120: 87-112.
The actionable insect Draeculacephala tucumanensis Dietrich (Homoptera: Cicadellidae) was intercepted for the first time in the United States on an air cargo shipment of roses arriving in Miami from Colombia. D. tucumanensis was previously only known to occur in Argentina (Dietrich, 1994). Species of Draeculacepahala typically inhabit wetlands and prefer to feed upon grasses and related monocots, but are able to feed on many other plant types (Dietrich, 1994). Interestingly, another species within this genus, D. minerva, is a vector of Pierce’s disease, a disease that devastates grapevines.