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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkOur centre is available for visits on a pre-booked basis on Wednesdays between 10am - 4pm. The Club’s activities and displays are also usually open to the public on the first Saturday of the month 11am - 4pm.

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Rhododendron Leafhopper

Graphocephala fennahi Copyright: Peter Harvey
© Peter Harvey
The Rhododendron Leafhopper Graphocephala fennahi is a true bug of the Cicadellidae family (leafhoppers), and as you can see from the photo, is strikingly patterned in green and red, and is very easy to identify. 

Originally from the USA, it was introduced to Europe early in the last century, and has now spread over southern England.  The adult and nymph feed on the sap of rhododendrons.

The adult, 7-9mm long, can be found on rhododendrons from late spring to late autumn, and overwinters as eggs.  Please let us know if you see this bug in gardens or the countryside; a date and grid reference or full postcode are important.  You can add the record directly onto the Essex Field Club website below.  Good hunting.

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