Flatormenis proxima

Flatormenis proxima , (sometimes known as the Northern Flattid Planthopper) is a large white planthopper in the family Flattidae. They have sucking mouthparts and are related to aphids and cicadas. Flatormenis proxima is common in the Midwest including Indiana. This one was in Wisconsin. Flatormenis proxima is polyphagous, feeding on a variety of plants and trees including walnut and mulberry. They do not appear in large enough numbers to be considered pests but they are quite common.

Flatormenis proxima

Flatormenis proxima

They are camera shy. When approached, they will stay on the plant stem, but go to the side opposite. Scientists who wish to study them have reared them on green beans. Look for them on foliage during August.

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Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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2 Responses to Flatormenis proxima

  1. Pingback: Cape Ann Campsite Insects » Skinny in a Land of Plenty

  2. Paula Tisdale says:

    How do I eradicate Flatormenis proxima from my plants? Prefer natural products please.

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