Haplaxius crudus

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Haplaxius crudus, syn. Myndus crudus (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): J.D. de Filippis, University of Florida
Source: IPM images

Haplaxius crudus (Van Duzee, 1907) - (American palm cixiid)

This plant hopper is found in Central America and is a vector of the lethal yellowing disease of coconut palms. However, the feeding activities do not leave any visible damage.

The adults are around 4-5 mm long and feed on the leaves of palm trees while nymphs develop on the roots of grasses. The average development period of nymphs is around 2-3 months, during which time they pass through 5 instars.

Myndus crudus