What is this ubiquitous bug? I've been calling it a
leafhopper. Can't find an exact match in my Texas bug book. Zillions
of them at our place near Medina Lake. Up to about 2" long.
harm flora? If so what can we do to abate? Sooooo noisy too.
Answer: It looks like the Central Texas Leaf
robustus) that is starting to invade areas in Central Texas in
like proportions. It's really interesting. Texas Parks and Wildlife
interested in tracking them, you can get more information at:
There is also a link to Mike
Quinn, Invertebrate Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
He has been the person who alerted me to the outbreak and who
me updates on where they have been reported.
I believe they may harm the flora, but there
really isn't any way to
control them (that I know of). You just kind of have to let them
their course. They seem to be cyclical, and the combination of
weather and their natural cycle has probably caused such a large
outbreak. They are actually around every year, they are just much
numerous right now. They should start to die off end of
August/September, but we have the rest of the summer to deal with
And he's right, they can be deafening! If he really wants to try
control them, he may want to get a permethrin liquid pesticide
the trees. It will only kill what it touches, and any new ones
come into the area will not be controlled - the pesticide breaks
rapidly in the UV light and will not leave a residual for longer
couple of days. Molly Keck, Extension Entomologist, Bexar County