Subject: Tiny green bristly larva
May 29, 2016 3:03 pm
I live in NJ. This tiny green bristly larva of some kind was on a severely stressed tomato plant that had suffered tomato russet mite then aphid infestation when I decided to just plant it and let it survive or die.
I thought I should be able to recognize it, but am striking out with all my guesses. I would appreciate it very much if you could help.
I prefer to let the Garden Patrol take care of the pest issues, so I err on the side of the living — Not knowing what it was, I left it on the plant. (I found a ladybug larva on another plant)
Signature: Garden Patrol Squad Leader
Dear Garden Patrol Squad Leader,
This is the nymph of a Buffalo Treehopper in the genus Ceresa which you can verify by comparing to this BugGuide image. While they might not do too much damage to your plant, they do have mouths designed to pierce and suck fluids from the plant, which in the case of an already stressed tomato plant, does not seem like it will be doing the plant much good.
Yikes! that being the case, I will have to deploy a proper member of the Garden Patrol to protect that plant. Perhaps a treehopper nymph will be appreciated as a tasty assignment bonus. ^_^
Thank you for a speedy response! Much appreciated. :o)