Rose: Rose leafhopper

categories: Flowers Ornamentals Rose Rose Insects

revision date: 2024-06-05 02:07

White spots on tops of rose leaves due to leaf hoppers.
Rose leafhopper damage
Photo by: A.L. Antonelli


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

Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.

Non-chemical Management

Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

  • 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.

Chemical Management

IMPORTANT: Visit Home and Garden Fact Sheets for more information on using pesticides.

  • 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.

Approved Pesticides

Listed below are examples of pesticides that are legal in Washington. Always read and follow all label directions.

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