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Species-rich family (Auchenorrhyncha) of insects that are also known as "chirpers" because of their characteristic sound. Most of the approximately 40,000 species are very strikingly coloured. All of them have a proboscis and a suction pump for feeding, which is done by piercing and sucking out certain parts of the plant. Most species are restricted or specialised to certain food plants.

The body length is usually between 2 and 40 millimetres, in a few species up to 70 millimetres. Due to their enormous jumping ability (which is why they are also known as leafhoppers), they are often confused with grasshoppers, to which they are not related. They can jump up to 70 centimetres from a standing start, in comparison a human would have to jump 200 metres.

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