Neon green bug
Location: Bonita, CA
September 7, 2011 1:22 am
I found this little guy while raking in my front yard today. I’ve seen ones like this hanging out on our tree (a podo carpus) a lot! I think it is a pretty common bug. Maybe some kind of katydid? I have no idea. I was just impressed by the brilliance of the color. Thank you!
Your insect is one of the Planthoppers in the superfamily Fulgoroidea, and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Torpedo Bug, Siphanta acuta, based on photos posted to BugGuide. The BugGuide information page indicates: “native to Australia, introduced to New Zealand, Hawaii (before 1898), and CA (1983); established in CA” and “in Hawaii, considered a pest of banana, citrus, coffee, guava, macadamia, and many ornamentals; not yet considered a pest in California.”