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Help with insect identification.

MrsJonesey Jul 9, 2012 11:02 AM

Something is eating my sunflower leaves. Besides a trail of ants on one (no sign of aphids), the only insect I've seen more than one of is a green hopping bug about 1/4" long. There are some smaller brown ones that seem to be the same kind of bug. I have looked in my insect identification books and googled to no avail. Suggestions?

  1. Cheese Boy Jul 10, 2012 11:37 AM

    It's likely a caterpillar chomping away at your leaves.

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    1. re: Cheese Boy
      MrsJonesey Jul 10, 2012 12:17 PM

      The damage does look like a caterpillar did the dirty deed but I didn't see any. I'll look again. Thanks.

    2. Novelli Jul 10, 2012 03:34 PM

      That is a leafhopper. Detrimental to plants as they suck out the sap and can impair your plant's production. They come in various colors, but a leafhopper none-the-less.

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      1. re: Novelli
        MrsJonesey Jul 10, 2012 05:58 PM

        I do believe you're right and I have seen some of the type of damage they do, though I believe the particular damage I was concerned about is due to some type of caterpillar. Guess I will use some diatamaceous (sp?) earth and hope it knocks out both pests. Thanks!

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