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Black Eurybrachid Planthopper



very powerful jumper. 2cm planthopper


on a vine hanging from a Red Gum along with a surprising number of Flatids. The vine has not been identifies yet


possibly a Teeth-marked Gum Hopper; Platybrachys barbata. The dearth of images is down to having to work with a covered container

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Great clues you two. I'm off to get some containers.

StephenSolomons 6 years ago

Yes Sckel, same here. Most of the things I catch are caught with a hundred metres of the apartment and are caught and handled as gently as possible and released immediately. The containers must not be knocked about. Things in the field are only rarely contained and they are photographed in situ. The art is not getting them upset. They are all released back where caught and usually just walk out of the containers

Sckel 6 years ago

Sometimes, I put some bugs in temporary trap, tupperware. Is a good idea, if for a short time, insects panic when they realize they are enclosed; Leafhoppers can not get stuck for too long, they die in an attempt to escape, they will hit several times with the head in the container.

StephenSolomons 6 years ago

I camo'ed the front of the camera!

StephenSolomons 6 years ago

The containers are round so the bug never knows it has gone as far as it can go :-D I tend to leave the bug in the lid and hold the base loosely over it so if it jumps it gets collected in the area of the base. If they are really feisty refrigerate them. The containers I use are cheap ones from a discount store and have twist lids because the other kind tend to come off with a shudder. Probably TMI right?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Chunky bug. Actually covered container is a great idea. I'm tired of everything running away. Maybe a camo container and nobody will know any better.

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jan 8, 2014
Submitted on Jan 8, 2014

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