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Aphrodes bicinctus

Aphrodes bicinctus is a small cicada. Males measure about 5 to 6 mm, females are slightly bigger measuring 6 to 8 mm. The ground colour is brownish. Males have two distinct white lines running over the upperside of the body. Females do not show these lines. They are however dotted all over. Like in other members of this genus the snout is very pointed. Adults are seen from July to September. Eggs are laid on numerous plants, including dandelions, thistles and clover.

Aphrodes bicinctus is found in Europe, Russia, Canada and the USA, but it does not occur in the Southern States of the USA. The animal is well studied, for it may transfer viral plant diseases, such as Phyllody. Especially clover and strawberries are perceptive to this virus. The disease may cause considerable damage to the plants, especially when young.

Even though we do believe the animal in the picture to be Aphrodes bicinctus, we can not be absolutely sure. There is another very similar species, Aphrodes makarovi. In this picture not all particulars needed for a certain identification are visible.