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Rare leafhopper found in shipment in Delaware

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist confirmed Wednesday that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at Washington Dulles International Airport discovered a new pest in the Washington area when they intercepted, Agallia constricta cubana, a leafhopper, while inspecting an air cargo shipment of basil from Mexico on December 17.

The leafhopper belongs to a family of cicadellidae. Leafhoppers are known to transmit viruses and bacteria to other plants that can affect plant growth, fruit production, and can make the plant susceptible to infections by other pathogens.

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