Mottled White Leafhopper
Yellow and Black Leafhopper
Brown Leafhopper 2
Green Horned Treehopper
Cixiid Planthopper 1
Cixiid Planthopper 2
Cixiid Planthopper 3
Fulgoridae- Lantern Flies
Green and Black Lantern Fly 1
Green and Black Lantern Fly 2
Long0nosed Lantern fly
Green Mottled Planthopper
Green Red Wattle
Green Face Gum Hopper
Eye-patterned Gum Hopper 1
Eye-patterned Gum Hopper 2
Gum Hopper 1
Gum Hopper 2
Ripple-marked Gum Hopper
Green Face WattleHopper
Dardus Wattle Hopper
Brown Ricaniid Planthopper
This page contains pictures and information about Banksia Treehoppers that we found in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Body length 7-10mm
- Mid summer in Alexandra Hill, all the Swamp Banksia plants had the new
shots. On every new shot there were the treehoppers. Those Banksia Treehoppers were black in colour with bright
orange and yellow on their body and wings. The black pronotum extending back over
the abdomen and cover between wings.
insects mimic the leaf buds of the plants so they hardly be noticed. They insert their mouth part into the young stem and
suck the plants juice.
- The black pronotum extends from head to back over
the abdomen. It gives the protection from head to tail. When disturbed, they first
move to the other side of the stem. If we put a figure close to them, they
jump away with a 'click' sound.
- In most other treehopper species, adult and nymph can be found
feeding on the same plant. We tried to find the nymph and see how they look
like. We looked for most of the plants and did not find any. This species
could have the annual life cycle. To see their nymph we need to come back
earlier next year.
- What we did find was the empty shell as shown above. It was a Banksia
Treehopper adult coming out from the last instars shell but part of the body
was missing. We guessed the treehopper was attacked by predator during its
- In Jan 2009, we find this treehopper in the bushland near Tingalpa Reservoir.
They are also found on Swamp Banksia. Those found in this area were a little
bit smaller with colour slightlt different, could be different
- Most other treehoppers jump then fly in a straight line. This treehopper
also jump but fly in a small circle, like a fly, although they only fly for
one to two seconds.
The Host Plant
- Swamp Banksia, Broad-leaved Banksia
- Banksia robur, family Proteaceae
- The insects feed on the Banksia by sucking juice from the plant's young
shot, however, we did not notice any damage to the plants.
- The plants can be found in Alexandra Hill and Karawatha Forest, which
usually grow in large group. Each plant is about one meter high. The
larger leaves than other Banksia species. Flowers are greenish-yellow in
- Reference and link:
- 1. Crito festivus
- Fletcher, M.J. and Larivière, M.-C. (2001 and updates).
- 2. Wild
Plants of Greater Brisbane - Queensland Museum, 2003, p57.
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