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

Other Hoppers


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Superfamily Fulgoroidea - Planthoppers

Order Hemiptera

This page contains pictures and information about Planthoppers in superfamily Fulgoroidea that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Chewobrachys sanguiflua
A planthopper is an insect in the group of Fulgoromorpha within the bug order Hemiptera. The group contains only a single superfamily Fulgoroidea.
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The superfamily Fulgoroidea contains large number of insects of very diverse forms. All of them are strong jumpers and commonly called Planthoppers. Their antennae situated beneath eyes. There is a unique character in this group: for all species, the base segment of the antenna is much thicker than the rest of the antenna. Wax plates common in females for producing wax to cover eggs. The nymphs usually have two long tails. Nymphs and adults are plant-feeders, feed by sucking the sap of the host tree.

Classification :

Family Delphacidae - Spur-legged Planthoppers
Planthoppers in this family Delphacidae are from small to medium size. They can be distinguished from other planthopper families that they have a large movable spur at the apex of hind tibia.
Family Cixiidae- Cixiid Planthoppers
Cixiid  Planthopper generally are brown or black with wings that are transparent with brown veins. Their nymphs are primarily root-feeders, some found in ants nest.
Family Fulgoridae - Lantern flies
The Australian species in this family are medium in size and usually brightly coloured. They feed through bark on trees and woody shrubs. We only found one species in this family, which was dull brown in colour.
Family Achilidae - Achilid Planthoppers
Planthoppers in this family are usually fungal feeding species. They can be found under log or among leaf litter. When rest, they held wings horizontally over abdomen. They are small in size and usually brown in colour.
Family Derbidae - Derbid planthoppers
Planthoppers in this family are from small to medium in size. They are usually creamy on colour with patterns.
Family Issidae - Issid planthoppers Issid Planthoppers are small in size and dull in colour with fore wings often shorten or convex. 
Members in this family usually have the triangular and broad fore wings. They look like green triangular plant spines when they rest on the tree trunk. Their broad triangular forewings held roof-like over their body make them usually easily recognized.
Members in this family are medium in size with broad body. They have mottled forewings and coloured abdomen, usually brown, red, yellow or orange in colour. All of them have broad frons (front part of head).
Family Lophopidae - Lophopid Planthoppers
The adults in this family have elongated transparent fore wings. This is a small hopper family. All of them jump, so is their common name planthoppers. 
This family contains the Passionvine Hopper. They are common in Brisbane bush. When disturbed, they jump away with a loud 'click' sound and disappeared in the air.

Reference and links:
1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 474.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p165.
3. Auchenorrhyncha keys - 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).
4. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009. 

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