Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
Nilaparvata lugens (courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida)
Most planthoppers are about the same size, and are seen as lovely pastel green, measuring about 1/4 inch long. The tiny insects have red eyes and are covered by a thick, fluffy, white, waxy secretion. These secretions are used to form the nest. Nymphs are wide and flat. The insect is known to jump 12 to 18 inches when disturbed. Acanalonia servilles (top) is the most common planthopper in this area. The egg is Vienna-sausage shaped with a tiny curly projection. Immature acanalonids are peculiar, gray insects that have wide thoraces and very small abdomens.