Subject: Spiked beetle
Location: Long Beach, CA
June 23, 2017 1:13 pm
Found with ants on a Bell pepper plant. Grouped in clusters on stem. Lots of ants interacting with them. I thought it was an aphid being farmed by ants?
This is the spiny nymph of a Keelbacked Leafhopper, and they are classified with Aphids in the order Hemiptera. Like Aphids, they have mouths designed to pierce and suck, and they rob plants of vital fluids. Like Aphids, they exude honeydew which makes them attractive to Ants.