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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jun 13, 2016 9:20 PM CST
Large white bugs that hop like fleas when disturbed. Cottony web on underside of leaves. Any ideas what it is and what to do?
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 14, 2016 7:26 AM CST
Arlene, I think that you might be dealing with "Flatid Planthoppers." Here's an article from the Univ. of Florida: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/crea...

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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 14, 2016 3:44 PM CST
Hi Arlene. Sandy is correct, Flatid Planthoppers...but there is good news, According to this info from Bugwood at the Univ. of Georgia, you shouldn't have to do much to get them under control.

http://wiki.bugwood.org/Archiv...
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Jun 14, 2016 3:49 PM CST
Great! Thank you for identifying. I sprayed insecticidal soap but haven't checked on they yet today.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jun 14, 2016 3:53 PM CST
You are very welcome. I figure the natural predators should come help you cause you have enough other things to keep you busy.

Thumbs up Smiling

Jean

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