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forest flame
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 11:28 am    Post subject: bouncy flies on potatoes Reply with quote

hi all
i have potatoes in big pots and i noticed the last few days while watering these little green flies not greenfly but they seem to bounce and dart around.any idea what they are or should i just lay off the jack daniels
thanks in advance.
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PeterEnglish
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you sure they're flies? They sound like they might be froghoppers.

Also known as leaf-hoppers, these are the little "cuckoo spit" guys. If you disturb the cuckoo spit before they're fully adult, they are as green as - well, greenfly, though they turn more brownish when older. If you find another, touch its tail-end with your finger - a froghopper will ping away like a mini-grasshopper or a flea.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter is correct I think. the leaf hopper is of no great importance as it does no great damage and a feature of the weather rather than mismanagement. ignore it and it will go away.
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