Megamelus scutellaris (weed bioagent)

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Megamelus scutellaris (weed bioagent) Berg

The planthopper has been used as a classical biological control agent against the aquatic weed water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes). It is native to South America and has been released into Florida starting in 2010. In total more than 700,000 planthoppers have been released over several years and the species has become established. It feeds on the leaves and can produce several generations per year.