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Passionvine hopper nymphs

Scolypopa australis

Description:

Fireworks coming out of their rears hundreds of tiny flatid planthopper nymphs have appeared on our Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare) About 4-5mm long with have mottled brown and white bodies. Sometimes the sunlight catches their crystalline tails to display a rainbow spectrum like a tiny fireworks display.

Habitat:

Suburban back yard on Kangaroo Apple stems.

Notes:

Also known as 'Fluffy Bums' in Australia. Family Ricaniidae. I will be following these to see which species they prove to be.... I'm 99% sure they will turn out to be Passionvine thopper, Scolypopa australis, like these... http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/830... Much detailed info is available at... http://www.ozanimals.com/Insect/Passionv... http://www.ces.csiro.au/aicn/name_s/b_37... http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Scolypopa+... http://grahamenz.com/Fauna/Land/Insects/... http://www.flickr.com/photos/42758436@N0...

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Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 14, 2012
Submitted on Dec 16, 2012

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