Graphocephala fennahi D.A. Young, 1977

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English Rhododendron leafhopper Status LU: established. 1st record: 1999.
Lëtzebuergesch RhododendronZikad Status Eur.: established.
Français Cicadelle du rhododendron RA: ISEIA: C1. Harmonia+: n/a.
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Report Graphocephala fennahi to the National Museum of Natural History.

Brief description

Graphocephala fennahi (aka)Graphocephala fennahi D.A. Young, 1977 is a species of leafhopper native to the United States. Its common name derives from it feeding on the sap of rhododendrons. The species was introduced to Great Britain in the 1930s and continental Europe in the 1970s. There has been suggestion that the rhododendron leafhopper contributes to the spread of a rhododendron fungus through Europe (Wikipedia contributors 2020).

Status and distribution in Luxembourg

Records of Graphocephala fennahi D. A. Young, 1977 in Luxembourg. Data source: Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2024-07-14.

In Luxembourg, Graphocephala fennahi D.A. Young, 1977 has been first recorded on 1st January 1999 in Aarnescht, municipality of Niederanven.

10 occurrences of the species are documented in the MNHNL-mdata portal ranging from 1999 to 2014 (MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF 2020).

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol

C1 (2+1+1+1) (Ries et al. 2017: 68).

Harmonia+ protocol

Not assessed yet.

Worldwide distribution


  • GBIF, 2020. Graphocephala fennahi Young, 1977 in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset [accessed 2020-03-14]
  • MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2020. Graphocephala fennahi in MNHNL-mdata, online portal combining species observation from Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist and GBIF. National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg. URL: [accessed 2020-03-14]
  • Ries, C., A. Arendt, C. Braunert, S. Christian, A. Dohet, A. Frantz, G. Geimer, M. Hellers, J. A. Massard, X. Mestdagh, R. Proess, N. Schneider & M. Pfeiffenschneider, 2017. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of invertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 119: 63-70. [PDF 360 KB]
  • Wikipedia contributors, 2020. ‘Graphocephala fennahi’, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2 January 2020, 06:50 UTC, <> [accessed 2020-03-14]

 Page content last updated on 2020-03-14. Last proofread by Caroline Grounds on 2019-12-10.