Haplaxius crudus is the putative vector of LBD and LY in Florida. This species is native to the southeastern United States and to the Caribbean basin. This species is polyphagous, feeding on a wide variety of palms as adults while nymphs develop on grasses. Current research projects focused on H. crudus include...
1) Life history studies
2) Population phenology
3) Genetic diversity throughout the Caribbean
4) Management of populations in nurseries
5) Nymph distribution
6) Development of sampling strategies