White lint and white winged bugs on cone flowers

Asked July 6, 2019, 6:16 PM EDT

I have had these cone flowered for years and have just noticed this week that there is white lint like fuzz on the stems. Upon further inspection, there are little white linty insects roaming up and down the stems. Can you tell me what this, and if it kill the cone flowers, how to get rid of it without hurting the many butterflies, finches and bees that come to the flowers? I’ve attached some photos. I hope they help. Thanks so much

Baltimore County Maryland coneflowers insect or spider id planthoppers flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials

1 Response

Those are called plant hoppers and they will not hurt your flowers, birds or other insects. There is nothing that you need to do.
Think of them as bird food.

Here is our page on them:

https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/planthoppers-flowers


Christine