Fluffy Bum from Australia

Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: Marlborough sounds
January 17, 2017 2:00 pm
Hi bug man hope your having a good day.
I have found a bug with a furry tail usually appearing on my wetsuit or wood outside at night.
Signature: Jamie

Immature Planthopper

Dear Jamie,

This is an immature Planthopper in the superfamily Fulgoroidea, but immature specimens can be very difficult to identify to the species level.  Images on the Brisbane Insect site look very similar.

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.

We are amused by the common name Fluffy Bum and it is very descriptive for many nymphs in the superfamily.  According to Getty Images:  “the wax secreted from behind may serve to conceal this tiny creature from predators.”

1 thought on “Fluffy Bum from Australia”

  1. So, how do I get rid of them? I’ve got them in Geelong. Stacks of them. They seem to just jump, it’s more than a hop, to somewhere else when I spay the, with water or insecticide.
    Please help.

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