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Taro Planthopper Detected in Polk County, Florida

The Taro Planthopper, Tarophagus colocasiae, has been detected in Polk County, Florida. The Taro Planthopper is a known pest of taro and elephant ears in Asia. Related plants, such as caladiums, are also possibly host. The Taro Planthopper damages plants through direct feeding and virus transmission. For more information, read the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry Pest Alert by Dr. Susan Halbert and Dr. Charles Bartlett.