WSU Extension


Rose : Rose leafhopper
(revision date: 3/22/2021)

Rose leafhoppers are small, active, whitish-green insects which hop when disturbed. The nymphs (immature) are white with red eyes. Rose leafhoppers feed on the leaves, causing white or pale blotches that resemble, but are larger than, spider mite stippling. Cast skins can be found on the underside of leaves. The adults lay eggs in the bark, causing small dark spots on the canes. The emerging nymphs cause wounds to the bark which may provide a site for fungal infections. Leafhoppers are rarely a serious concern.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
  • Several natural predators feed on leafhoppers, including damsel bugs and assassin bugs. Avoid use of broad-spectrum insecticides which may kill these predators.
  • Leafhopper damage is mainly aesthetic. Tolerate it, if possible.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

Chemical Management

Apply when leafhoppers and nymphs are noticed. Avoid using Sevin (carbaryl) if there is any possibility of pesticide drifting onto nearby blooming plants. These products are toxic to bees.

Listed below are examples of pesticides that are legal in Washington. Always read and follow all label directions.
  • GardenTech Sevin Conc Bug Killer
    Active ingredient: carbaryl  |  EPA reg no: 264-334-71004
  • This list may not include all products registered for this use.
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Caption: Rose leafhopper damage
Photo by: A.L. Antonelli
Caption: Rose leafhopper
Photo by: Unknown