Planthopper or Leafhopper Bug

Myra said she spotted this bug in her pasture and expressed concern over the safety of her horses. View the photo on Instagram here.

Question:

Is this bug harmful to horses, and what are ways to control it?

Answer: Planthopper or leafhopper

Lyle Buss, University of Florida entomologist, said that the bug is a planthopper/leafhopper. It usually sucks sap from plants.

If you would like your bug identified and additional information, a great place to start is your local County Extension Office. With an office located in every county, it has never been easier to partner with the University of Florida and your local County Government.

Send your question and bug photo to your local County Extension Office, and they will gladly answer all inquiries. To find an office near you, visit the Solutions for Your Life website, or contact us at sfyl@ifas.ufl.edu.

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