Subject: Two-striped Planthopper (Acanalonia bivittata) nymph ?
Location: Naperville, IL
July 9, 2013 7:51 pm
From what I’ve read here, planthopper nymphs can be nearly impossible to identify to the species level, but could these fuzz-dragging little creatures be two-striped planthoppers? They remind me of miniature crustaceans or snails, and I almost always overlook them by mistaking them for dried-up flower detritus. I’ve been inspecting my milkweed patch very carefully these past weeks, however, in the hopes of finding some Monarch eggs. Although a few females have visited my milkweed lately, they seem interested only in nectaring and not laying. So I have to content myself with the other abundant life forms thereupon. Have a lovely week!
Signature: Dori Eldridge
We can neither confirm nor deny the species identity of this Planthopper nymph, but we suppose it might be the Two-Striped Planthopper based on photos posted to BugGuide.