Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Cercopis bicincta Say 1830
Adults are black with (typically) two red to orange lines crossing the wings. Eyes are red. Some adults lack the lines, are mostly black above:
Distinguish these from similar Prosapia ignipectus
by examining underside--ignipectus
has bright red coxae
Nymphs are usually concealed by the foam they produce, but are supposed to resemble adults but without wings.
e US (TX-FL-MA-SD) (BG data)
summer, but most reliably found in July (BG data)
In the immature (nymph) stage (surrounded by the "spittle" foam which protects them, and which they produce from juices they suck from the plant) they feed on centipedegrass, bermudagrass and other grasses, including occasionally corn.
Adults feed on hollies - they feed on the underside of leaves, and damage shows up as pale mottling not usually visible from above.
Two broods, overwinter as eggs (2)
Considered a pest of grasses and hollies, though damage is usually relatively minor.
Adults may exude a smelly chemical in defense if disturbed.