Jumping fluff...?!

Basye, VA(Zone 6a)

What is this weird bug? I keep seeing it on my night-blooming cactus, and every time I think I've killed it, it reappears again. It's literally just a piece of tiny white fluff with legs! Whenever I try to squish it or spray it, it jumps and/or flies away. Whenever it reappears, there's usually an oval of similar white fluffy stuff on one of the newer leaves, and the bug is sitting in an empty spot at the exact center of that oval. I keep wiping that fluffy stuff off the leaves because I'm afraid it's laying eggs and there will be thousands more next time. So when did dryer lint learn to fly and start attacking plants?!?

Thumbnail by VaMtnDude
Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Possibly one of the Mealy bug species....I do know that the males fly.



Basye, VA(Zone 6a)

I've had mealybugs before but they never looked this fluffy and I've never seen any jump or fly like this thing does. I sure hope it's not some kind of mealybug because every plant I've ever had that's gotten infested with them had to be thrown out because I could never get all of them killed. They're just relentless! That's why I'm so glad I'm only seeing just one of these things at a time so far.

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Try insecticidal soap, castile soap and water. It has to be sprayed directly on the insect as it has no effect when dried. With a trigger sprayer you can get a shot on it before it jumps/flies. Non-toxic to humans and other mammals except perhaps dirty little boys.

Minot, ND

Maybe a woolly aphid - http://www.flickr.com/photos/askop/5956614066/
Insecticidal soap still should work.

Basye, VA(Zone 6a)

Thanks. I just googled woolly aphid and on the Wikipedia page it sure sounds like the same thing. They even said one of the common names was "fluff bug" which is what I've been calling it. Most of the pictures I found online though show clear wings sticking up from the body. I can't see any wings on mine, but maybe it's just an immature that hasn't grown them yet. I did try to spray some soap on it last night but it jumped really fast and disappeared somewhere beneath the leaves so I'm not sure if I actually hit it or not.

Naga, Philippines

I just saw this kind of insect too, but i don't know either this insect. just happen a while ago my lil sister open a food called suman balisosu, then this insect come out. just one. and im curious so i put it in the transparent thing and try to search in the internet. the funny thing the first in my mind to came out is white spider with tail. but not appearing then i just remember that spider is not jumping like this kind of insect... so i search for white jumping insect.
just my short story. im just curious about the insect thats all😂😜

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

I had a similar one here in India.... I got it identified here some years ago as a nymph of some Leaf Hopper.

This message was edited May 9, 2021 8:01 PM

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Found a recent photo

Thumbnail by Dinu
Minot, ND

Looks like a nymph of a planthopper (superfamily Fulgoroidea) in the family Flatidae.

Post a Reply to this Thread

Please or sign up to post.