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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] goshdarn leaf hoppers
  • Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 11:44:11 -0500

Just received the latest Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News that has some good info on leafhoppers. 
The current available natural predators for tarnished plant bug are praying mantid, ladybeetles, and green lacewings.  They are available at which is where I get them from.  Hope this helps. 
----- Original Message -----
From: Alan Haigh
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 7:45 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] goshdarn leaf hoppers

Every season just as my apple grafts begin to emerge they are pounced upon by leaf hoppers, those tiny chlorophyll vampires that seem devoid of natural predators here.  They are my main cause of graft failure.  Lady bugs usually eventually control the aphids but weekly applications of Sevin have been my only solution for hoppers.  Does anyone out there have another idea?  Something requiring less work. 
On another pest subject, a few years back at a NAFEX meeting a lecturer spoke of a natural predator for tarnished plant bugs.  Has this predator become commercially available?

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