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Hoppers on Grape - Ormenoides venusta

Hoppers on Grape - Ormenoides venusta
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
May 16, 2005
Size: ~ 5 mm

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Hoppers on Grape - Ormenoides venusta Hoppers on Grape - Ormenoides venusta

Flatid nymphs
Possibly Ormenaria rufifascia, which has been reported as infesting "sea grape" (which is not grapevine). Please verify the host.

Definitely grape (Vitis)
- we don't see Sea Grape (Coccoloba) this far north (too much frost).

I wondered if this could be Metcalfa pruinosa, as that is reported on grape, and this looks somewhat similar to Tony's (below)

Flatid nymphs
Nope, right family, wrong genus. The immatures are more slender, with pointed heads and a distinctive color pattern.

My friend the planthopper specialist is baffled by this photo. She STRONGLY recommends you keep revisiting this site until adults appear. The nymphs won't go away unless you shake them off the plant. You may have a newly introduced species.

It's about a mile from my house and I think I can find it again. How long does it take before nymphs become adults?

I was so sure this was going to be Metcalfa, because yesterday I found similar nymphs on my Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus) with an adult M. pruinosa nearby. I'll try to get a good shot of them for comparison - you're right, though, they do look a little different.

Adults now posted


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