Cottony fluff from flatids

This time of year many species of plants host flatid plant hoppers that produce a cottony mass. These are very evident as you look around most yards, forests, and other habitats. Just look for bright white stems then go dig in and you will find plant hopper nymphs that are yellow, white, or green. They really do not do any damage but do attract a lot of attention. In some cases they are tended by ants.

2017-06-30T09:25:26-04:00 June 9th, 2014|Categories: Landscape IPM, Natural History and Scientific Adventures|Tags: |

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Steve Frank
I am broadly interested in the ecology and management of arthropod pests. Herbivorous arthropods cause extraordinary damage to plants in agricultural, urban, and natural ecosystems. Understanding interactions between pests and their environment, plant hosts, and natural enemies can improve management practices and reduce pesticide applications.