Definition of beet leafhopper in US English:

beet leafhopper


  • A North American leafhopper found west of the Mississippi River and considered a serious pest to beets and members of the gourd family. It is a principal carrier of the virus that causes curly top.

    Circulifer tenellus, family Cicadellidae

    • ‘The beet leafhopper avoids dense plants, thus densely planted fields are less attractive to this insect.’
    • ‘They also serve as shelter and food for the beet leafhopper that carries the virus from plant to plant.’
    • ‘The beet leafhopper is an introduced pest and migratory by nature.’
    • ‘This is because the beet leafhoppers migrate long distances and don't reproduce in the garden.’
    • ‘We go out and collect insects in a horseradish field, looking for beet leafhoppers.’
    • ‘The beet leafhopper is the only important vector of curly top.’
    • ‘Given their size, beet leafhoppers are very hard to detect, but there are things you can do to limit their contact with your plants and thus prevent the spread of the disease.’
    • ‘Once the weeds died, beet leafhoppers went in search of other hosts.’
    • ‘Standardized collection methods must be used to accurately monitor beet leafhopper populations and determine sources of virus.’
    • ‘This virus is transmitted only by beet leafhoppers.’
    • ‘The disease is incurable and is spread by beet leafhoppers, so it is vitally important that the garden be thoroughly cleaned each fall with all crops removed and composted.’
    • ‘The disease was then already recognized as a virus transmitted by the beet leafhopper.’
    • ‘Results of the present study prove that the beet leafhopper is a vector of the potato purple top disease.’