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Dardus Wattle Hopper - Dardus abbreviatus

Family Eurybrachyidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Dardus Wattle Hoppers that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia
Body length 6mm 
Dardus Wattle Hoppers are dark brown in colour. They are small in size. Their antenna base is exceptionally thicken and look like small horn under each eye. The abdomen is bright red but fully under cover by forewings. The forewings are dark brown, some individuals have prominent transverse, slightly oblique, pale greyish-white spot before middle of costal area. All legs are dark brown. 
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They are found on young Black Wattle during late winter in Alexandra Hill. Nymphs and adults can be found on the same plants. Usually a number of them can be found on one plants.
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Above two pictures taken in the same place during mid-summer. We did not see any nymph.
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On Mar 2009, we also found this little fellow on Queensland Silver Wattle in Anstead Forest. Although one of them has the white dots on each wing-cover, we believe they are the same species. 
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They usually found resting on young stems. 

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The abdomen is bright red in colour. 


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The nymph also has this two little horns under eyes and with two long tails. Nymphs and adults can be found on the same plants. Usually a number of them can be found on one plants.

The Host Plants 

Black Wattle
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Acacia leiocalyx subsp. leiocalyx, family Mimosaceae 
Queensland Silver Wattle
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Acacia podalyriifolia  

1. Genus Dardus - Fletcher, M.J. and Larivière, M.-C. (2009 and updates).
2. Species Dardus abbreviatus (Guérin-Méneville, 1838) - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study 

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