Insects Damaging my potato plants #580366 - Ask Extension


Insects Damaging my potato plants #580366

Asked July 15, 2019, 4:40 PM EDT

Hello, Could you please help me identify these insects that on my potato plants? Are they leafhoppers? Could you please recommend some strategies to get rid of them? I think they are damaging my potato plants. Thank you for your consideration, Brenda Kelly

Montgomery County Maryland

Expert Response

Hi- this is a species of planthopper. Leafhoppers are smaller, pale green and wedge-shape. They ususally occur in greater numbers than planthoppers, fly off the plants when disturbed, and cause browning ofthe leaf margins:

Planthoppers are extremely common, but not so much on potato. You can wipe off the clusters of nymphs and their waxy, fluffy protective cover if you feel they are causing a problem:

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