Taro Planthopper Tarophagus colocasiae (Matsumura) (Insecta: Hemiptera: Delphacidae: Delphacinae)
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Taro planthopper
Tarophagus colocasiae
taro pest

How to Cite

Tasi, Alexander, and Adam Dale. 2021. “Taro Planthopper Tarophagus Colocasiae (Matsumura) (Insecta: Hemiptera: Delphacidae: Delphacinae)”. EDIS 2021 (2). https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-in1294-2020.


The taro planthopper, Tarophagus colocasiae (Matsumura), is a sap feeding insect in the family Delphacidae. It primary host plant is taro (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott) Originally native to Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and islands in the Pacific Ocean, Tarophagus colocasiae was first discovered in the continental United States at a garden center in Winter Haven, FL in 2015. The economic impacts of Tarophagus colocasiae in Florida are currently unknown, but it may affect the aesthetic value and saleability of nursery and landscape plants.

Also published on the Featured Creatures website at http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/tarophagus_colocasiae.html

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