Restricted. Asia, Africa (Mauritius), North America (Hawaii), Oceania. In Australia, Fiji, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu.
A mirid bug that preys on eggs and young nymphs of leaf and plant hoppers on rice and wild grasses. Eats up to 20 eggs and five nymphs a day.
Adults are light green, green winged, with black head and thorax, and long antennae. Eggs are laid inside plant stems. Short flights in early mornings and evenings; longer flights of hundreds of kms in India following the white-backed planthopper (see Fact Sheet no. 423).
Control: The recommendation of IRRI is that if natural enemies out-number leaf or plant hoppers, insecticides should not be used as the risk of 'hopperburn' is low. This applies even to crops already damaged by brown plant hoppers.