Some kind of Cicada?
Location: Carlingford (western sydney), Australia
March 18, 2012 8:49 pm
While out photographing some bugs in my backyard, i stumbled onto this guy sitting on one of my window sills, i have no idea what he is. Looks a little bit like a cicada, but quite a bit smaller (probably 1/3 the size?). I didnt get many photos of him before he jumped, and i didnt see where he went after that.
Signature: Paul J R
The reason this Leafhopper reminds you of a Cicada is that they are in the same insect order, Hemiptera. We have not been able to find a matching image for your individual, however, it reminds us of the Gum Tree Hoppers in the subfamily Eurymelinae that are pictured on the Brisbane Insect website.
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Hello Daniel and Paul. Take a look at this fulgorid family portrait: http://www1.dpi.nsw.gov.au/keys/fulgor/fulgorid/desudaba.htm. I’m thinking perhaps D. maculata because of the light eyes. Unfortunately mounted specimens just don’t do justice to the real things, do they?
That does appear to be a match. Thanks so much for the link.
You are most welcome, Daniel.
Hi, I live in Campbelltown NSW. I found the same species of Treehopper you once found. I thought it was a Small Cicada too. I will try to post some pics soon.
Thanks for the input.
Hi Bugman, I posted the similar Treehopper pics yesterday. Just search “Leafhopper”.
Definitely a species of *Desudaba* but the eyes and spots look too pale to be *Desudaba maculata*. Might be *D. circe*.