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Common Jassid

Eurymela fenestrata


These were large leaf hoppers ( about 12-13mm long) bluish black with two white spots near the base of each forewing and a smaller patch near the apex.
Seen beside a solitary jassid, on the tree branch was a band of white (pics 1 & 2). A close look showed a rough waxy exterior to the patch and individual spindle-shaped units all covered by the "wax". This is an egg mass covered by waxy secretion. A similar band was seen on another narrow branch (pic3) where two jassids were seen mating.
An ant can be seen attending to the mating pair in pic 3.


Spotted on a young eucalyptus tree.


These jassids are so attractive but can become pests on occasion when they destroy large number of trees from sucking sap from young branches . Their honeydew also attracts sooty mold.
Family: Cicadellidae
Subfamily: Eurymelinae

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks Marta - they are really big ( for hoppers) and I am always amazed.

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

A very nice spotting!

StephenSolomons 9 years ago

Nice find

Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 6, 2014
Submitted on Nov 7, 2014

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