Subject: Identify bug please
Location: Sydney, Australia
January 19, 2017 9:41 pm
We saw this unusal bug that sometimes walked like a crab with the antennae pointing up and we also saw it with them down on the surface. They seemed to be at the rear too.
It was about 10mm long and a bit hairy.
See attached photo. Not that crisp a shot as it kept moving!
Many thanks!
Signature: Mark B

Board-frons Planthopper Nymph

Dear Mark,
We knew this was an immature Hemipteran, and we quickly located this matching image of two Board-frons Planthoppers from the family Eurybrachyidae on the Brisbane Insect website where it states:  “The Australian Eurybrachyidae are  quite distinctive from the world fauna. All Australian species belong to the subfamily Platybrachyinae. Members in this group are small to 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). Like other members in the Hemiptera order, Planthoppers have their sucking mouth-parts to feed on host plants by sucking up the sap.  They can be found resting on the main tree trunk or stems of their host plants, usually Eucalyptus or Acacia. They are not easily noticed because of their camouflaged colours. When come closer to them, they will walk to other spots, either up, down or sideway, then stop moving. If come even closer and try to touch them, they will jump with a ‘tick’ sound and fly away. ”  The site also states:  “Planthopper nymphs can be found on leaves, stems and tree trunks. They are usually dark brown in colour, becomes lighter-brown colour when grown. Most planthopper nymphs look very similar. The two long upwards pointing “tails” are the characteristic.”  There is not enough detail in your image for us to attempt a species identification.

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