Spur-legged Planthopper
Cixiid Planthopper 1
Cixiid Planthopper 2 
Cixiid Planthopper 3
Cixiid Planthopper 4
Green and Black P'hopper
Green and Mottled P'hopper
Long-nosed Lantern Fly
Achilid Planthopper 
Derbid Planthopper 
Issid Planthopper
Mango Planthopper
Pink Planthopper
Green Mottled Planthopper 
Eurybrachyid Biology
Green Red Wattle Hopper
Green Face Wattle Hopper
Teeth-marked Gum Hopper 
Green Face Gum Hopper
White-marked Gum Hopper 
Ripple-marked Gum Hopper
Eye-patterned Gum Hopper
Dardus Wattle Hopper
Spider-face Wattle Hopper 
Unknown Eurybrachyid
Palm Planthopper 
Passion-vine Hopper
Brown Ricaniid Planthopper

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Lantern flies and Black Planthoppers- Family Fulgoridae

Order Hemiptera 

This page contains pictures and information about Lantern Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. 
There was the erroneous report that some species of Fulgoridae produce light when they mate, and hence their common name Lantern Flies. However this information is not correct.
The Australian species in this family are medium in size and usually brightly coloured abdomen covered by dark colours wings. They feed through bark on trees and woody shrubs. They lay eggs with wax-covered. 
Like other hoppers, they jump when disturbed. 

Subfamily Aphaeninae, tribe Aphaenini

Green and Black Planthopper
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Desudaba psittacus, body length 20mm
This Planthopper has the black head and black wings cover without any dots. Its abdomen is bright green in colour. We found the insect on a Citrus tree in early summer. When disturbed, it hided to the other side of the tree trunk. Check this page for more information.
Green and Mottled Planthoppers
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Desudaba aulica, body length 20mm
This hopper is similar to the Green and Black Planthopper  above but with slightly different body colour and with patterns on wings. We believed they are different species. Please visit this page for more infromation. 

Subfamily Amyclinae

Brown Lantern Fly
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Eurinopsyche obscurata, body length 30mm 
This insect has the prolongation on the head. It is brown in colour with camouflaged bark patterns. The insect found usually on gum tree trunk. Please also check this page for updated information.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 476, plate3,A.
2. Family Fulgoridae - Fulgorid planthoppers - Fletcher, M.J. (2009 and updates). Identification keys and checklists for the leafhoppers, planthoppers and their relatives occurring in Australia and neighbouring areas (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha). 

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Last updated: March 31, 2012.