Subject: Black and red bug found in Louisiana grass
Location: Covington La in the garden
May 15, 2017 11:22 am
Can you tell me what this bug is and how to rid them?
This is a Two-Lined Spittlebug, Prosapia bicincta. According to BugGuide: “In the immature (nymph) stage (surrounded by the ‘spittle’ foam which protects them, and which they produce from juices they suck from the plant) they feed on centipedegrass, bermudagrass and other grasses, including occasionally corn. Adults feed on hollies – they feed on the underside of leaves, and damage shows up as pale mottling not usually visible from above.” We do not provide extermination advice.