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Eye-patterned Gum Hopper - Platybrachys vidua

Family Eurybrachyidae

This page contains pictures and information about Eye-patterned Gum Hoppers that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. 

Body length 15mm
Eye-patterned Gum Hoppers are brown in colour. The frons is greenish-brown. Abdomen is mostly black. All legs are brown. Forewings are reddish-brown with two black spots near the wing tip. Each black spot encloses with either two or three tiny white dots. The fore-wing tip margin is even in darker brown colour. Hind wings are smoky dark colour.
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This planthopper rests on tree trunk heading either upwards or downwards. When moves, it moves backwards-forwards so sideway. Together with the eye-patterns on it forewing tips, it gives the impression of the tail is its head. This make the insect looked lager. 
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We noticed that some other species, including the Platybrachys decemmacula, also have the same behavior and wing eye-patterns. Since the eye-patterns are four eyes in a row, which make us think that they may mimic the face of a Huntsman Spider. Huntsman Spider has four eyes in a row at the front of its face and wait for prey on tree trunk.   
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We found many of them on gum tree trunk in Alexandra Hill during later summer. 
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This planthopper is mostly found on smooth bark gum trees. 
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Early summer in Karawatha Forest, we found the above planthopper nymph on Bottlebrush Callistemon stem. We noticed it was a large nymph and could be turn into adult very soon. We brought it home. A few days later, it turned into a Eye-patterned Gum Hopper adult.
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1. Platybrachys vidua - Insects of Townsville, Australia - Graeme Cocks,2004.
2. Species Platybrachys vidua Stål, 1863 - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study. 

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