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Scolypopa australis (Passionvine planthopper)

Synonyms: Flatoides australis; Pochazia australis; Scolypopa urbana

Wikipedia Abstract

Scolypopa australis, commonly known as the passionvine hopper is a species of planthopper (Fulgoroidea) in the insect family Ricaniidae found in Australia. Despite their name, they are found not only on passion vines, but on many different plant species such as the lantana. Brown with partly transparent wings, they are about 7mm long as adults and 5mm as nymphs. As an adult they look somewhat like a moth to the untrained eye, and walk "like a ballerina". The nymphs are wingless and are informally known as fluffy bums. When sufficiently aroused they will hop off their plant "with a 'snap'". Like all planthoppers they suck plant sap. This leaves a honeydew secretion which bees gather. They are also known to cause honey poisoning.
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Prey / Diet


Parasite of 
Griselinia littoralis (New Zealand broadleaf)[2]
Phormium tenax (New Zealand flax)[2]

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Plant-SyNZ™ database
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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