The straight white or pale yellow bar crossing the back is distinctive to this species (zig-zagging or broken into dots in other congeners)
e. US to CA (NY-IA-TX-CA) to Costa Rica(3)(4)
; most common on thistle in FL, and on Yucca in KS(5)
Eggs are cylindrical and are laid end to end in a line, often along the midrib of a plant leaf. Bug molts several times with each successive nymph becoming more similar to the reproductive adult. Leaf-like projections on legs do not develop until later stages.
may damage a number of crops (esp. citrus, tomatoes) and ornamentals(6)
- Mead, 2010 [Cite:185010]