Subject: Strange bug on tree in Florida
Location: Naples, FL
October 19, 2013 4:45 pm
Hello there, in the yard of my friends in Florida, they discovered a strange bug in their tree, they went to multiple places but couldn’t find out what it is. Do you know?
These are Thorn Treehoppers, Umbonia crassicornis, which we identified thanks to images posted to BugGuide. There are many Treehoppers from around the world that escape visual detection because they mimic thorns and twigs. Your photo contains both adults and nymphs. According to BugGuide: “The female actively tends her brood or colony of 15-50 individuals” and “U. crassicornis has been the subject of studies on parental care and communication.”