A tiny brown hopper about 8mm long with black and white patterns on the back. the prominent eyes showed black markings. Abdomen was a peach colour.
Spotted on a swamp gum tree ( Eucalyptus ovata)
This was an exciting find for me ! This little hopper was on his own -probably the first one out this spring. He was a different colour to the other eurymelids spotted around these parts last year. These hoppers produce microscopic granules called "Brochosomes" that protect them from parasites and water. For some interesting reading have a look at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brochosome and for more on Eurymelids - http://www1.dpi.nsw.gov.au/keys/leafhop/... Thanks to lori.tas for bringing this information to our attention.