Unknown Planthopper Nymph

What on earth is this bug?
Location: Orlando, FL
May 13, 2011 4:07 pm
I found this guy on my gardenia [not more than 1/8″ in total length]. One person says it’s beneficial, but can’t recall the name. All I know is my gardenia is dying a slow death and this is the only bug [and a snail] I can find. There are white slightly fuzzy patches near the bud bases as well… Help! I don’t want to kill a good bug, but I want to save my gardenia! Many thanks 🙂
Signature: Suki

Planthopper Nymph

Dear Suki,
This is some species of Planthopper Nymph in the superfamily Fulgoroidea, but we haven’t had any luck trying to identify the species on BugGuide.  Nymphs are often very difficult to identify to the species level.  There are many Nymphs in the family Issidae pictured on BugGuide, but none matches your specimen.  While Planthoppers can cause problems to plants if they are numerous, a single individual is probably not responsible for your Gardenia’s slow death.

Thank you SO much for your assistance! I will do some research on this species and investigate other plants in my yard and see what I find… Have a great weekend!!!

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