Jumping insect, Sydney, Australia
February 11, 2010
G’day, I live in Sydney Australia and my workplace is surrounded by bush, and every lunch time our lunch tables outside have these little brown bugs that jump when the long spikes/hairs/not sure what they are, are touched. They are well camouflaged, about 10mm long and fast (when they jump). Do you have any idea of what they are? Cheers, Angela
Angela, Bug enthusiast
Marsfield, Sydney, Australia
Your photos are of an immature Gum Hopper or Wattle Hopper in the family Eurybrachyidae. The Brisbane Insect Website has numerous species depicted, and all have similar nymphs or immature stages.