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Passion Vine Hopper in NY?

Posted by tastefullyjulie Lewiston, NY 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 23, 13 at 17:45

I have a large number of these bizarre bugs on my zucchini and cucumbers this summer. I have never seen it before but research says it's a passion vine hopper. I can't find any evidence of them existing outside of Australia and New Zealand. Has anyone heard of these before? I'm afraid if they have no predators here I will be infested with them.

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RE: Passion Vine Hopper in NY?

It is such a cute little fluffy blob on the photo, I can't really be sure, but please check out wooly aphid. I have seen them here lately and they don't seem to be very host specific, and will gladly suck the life out of a variety of plants. Not bashing your photo, but there is just so much detail a camera can take and is sure better than just a description. You have seen it from various angles and we haven't.

RE: Passion Vine Hopper in NY?

It's the nymph of one of the many plant hopper insects, but not the Passion Vine Hopper. There are oodles of them, all plants pests.....most of a minor category.

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