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Large Board-frons  Planthoppers - Tribe Platybrachini

Family Eurybrachyidae

This page contains pictures and information about Large Board-frons Planthoppers in Tribe Platybrachini that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. 
Newly hatched instars 
The Australian Eurybrachyidae are  quite distinctive from the world fauna. All Australian species belong to the subfamily Platybrachyinae, most are in this tribe Platybrachyini and a few in tribe Dardini.
Members in this tribe are medium in size with broad body. They have mottled brown forewings and coloured abdomen, usually brown, red, yellow or orange in colour. All of them have broad frons (front part of head). 
Planthoppers in this tribe are usually dimorphous, male and female looked different. 
They can be found resting on tree trunk of host plants, usually Eucalyptus or Acacia. They are not noticeable because of their camouflaged colours. When we come close to them, they will walk to other spots, either up, down or sideway, and stop moving. If we come even closer and try to touch them, they will jump with a 'tick' sound and fly away. 
Females usually lay eggs on tree trunks. The eggs are covered with a white waxy secretion produced by the ovipositing female. Nymphs are usually brown to dark brown in colour. Nymphs habit are about the same as the adults. Like other members in the Hemiptera order, Planthoppers have their sucking mouth-parts to feed on host plants by sucking up the sap. 
We summarized the general information of Board-frons Planthoppers in this Biology page

Genus Chewobrachys - Wattle Hoppers

Chewobrachys is the new genus of family Eurybrachyidae. This genus include two species, the C. sanguiflua and C. limbourgi. The Platybrachys insignis is a synonym of C. sanguiflua. They are found in Eastern Australian. The C. sanguiflua species can be found in Brisbane on Acacia
Green Red Wattle Hopper
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Female                                                                         Male                                                                           Nymph
Chewobrachys sanguiflua (former Platybrachys sanguiflua), body length 15mm
The Green Red Wattle Hoppers are usually found resting on large wattle (Acacia) tree trunk. Wings and head resemble the colour and texture of the tree barks. It abdomen is bright-red in colour and the face is green. The genus name of the species, Chewobrachys, is the same as our surname Chew!! Check this page to find out why.

Genus Hackerobrachys - Wattle Hoppers  

Green Face Wattle Hopper
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Hackerobrachys viridiventris, (former Olonia viridiventris), body length adult 11mm, nymph 7mm 
Green Face Wattle Hoppers were found on wattle and have a bright yellow-green frons and pale green abdomen. More pictures and information please click on here.

Genus Platybrachys - Gumtree Hoppers

We found quite a number of different Platybrachys Genus in Brisbane. They are usually found on the main trunk of trees of the Eucalyptus. They are usually found resting or walking up and down or sideways around the tree trunks. The nymphs can also be found on the same tree. 
Jerôme Constant suggested that the species in this Platybrachys genus represent a number of different genera. Once he has completed his revision, the genus Platybrachys will be more strictly defined and several new genera will be created.
Teeth-marked Gum Hopper
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Platybrachys barbata, adult body length 20mm, nymph body length 10mm
The adult and nymph pictures are taken on the same gum tree trunk early summer. This species is somewhat variable in colour. Females are paler in colour with the "teeth pattern band" across middle of forewings. This pattern make the planthopper looks like a width-opened vertebrate mouth when watching from behind. Please click here for more pictures and information.
Green Face Gum Hopper
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Platybrachys decemmacula, body length 20mm
This Green Face Gum Hopper can be found on gum tree truck, leaf and stem. They are common in the Eucalyptus forest in Brisbane. Their broad frons (front part of head) is pale to bright green in colour. More pictures and information can be found in here.
White-marked Gum Hopper
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Platybrachys leucostigma, body length 20mm
This Gum Hopper is brown in colour with white cloud patterns on wings. Its head and legs are all brown in colour. We usually found this planthopper resting on smooth bark gum or gray gum tree trunk. More pictures and information can be found on this page.  
Ripple-marked Gum Hopper
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Platybrachys signata, body length 20mm
The patterns on the wings of all individuals in this species were different, although all the had the dark brawn face. The about pictures were taken in Karawatha Forest on June 2007. Please click on here for more information.
Eye-patterned Gum Hopper
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Platybrachys vidua, body length 15mm
This planthopper rests on tree trunk heading downwards. When moves, it moves backwards. Together with the eye-patterns on it forewing tips, it gives the impression of its tail is its head. It looked lager. More information and pictures can be found in this page.  

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 479.
2. Family Eurybrachyidae - Fletcher, M.J. and Larivière, M.-C. (2009 and updates).
3. Genus Platybrachys Stål sensu lato - By Murray J. Fletcher, 08 April 2007. 
4. Species of Eurybrachidae known to occur in Australia - By Murray J. Fletcher, 2009. 
5. Checklist for Platybrachyini Schmidt, 1908 - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study, 2008.  
6. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009. 

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