- This page contains pictures and information about The World's Largest Leafhoppers
that we found in the Brisbane area,
- Body length
This is the world's largest leafhopper. It is a female and the abdomen is greatly elongated by the large
ovipositor. It is believed that there is only the female (yes, no male, also
known as parthenogenetic) in
this species. The leafhopper has the head largely expanded towards the front. It is
brown in colour with varies patterns on body.
- On Feb 2009, We found this large leafhopper the first time in the bushland near
Tingalpa Reservoir. It was on tree trunk of a large Scribble-bark gum tree. We thought we saw something
interesting on the tree trunk but checked carefully it was just a pieces of small bark. We
were about to go away but just to make sure by disturbed it with a stick. It
held tight on the tree
trunk and we thought it could be a spider underneath. Checked again very very
carefully and found that it was a leafhopper. The large leafhopper did not
move a bit even it was disturbed.
- This species is transfer from
Ledrinae, tribe Ledrini to subfamily Tartessinae, Stenocotini by Jones, J.R. & Deitz, L.L.
- Reference and links:
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 470.
- 2. Species
Ledromorpha planirostris (Donovan, 1805) - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study,
- 3. The leafhoppers and froghoppers of Australia and New Zealand (Homoptera: Cicadelloidea and Cercopoidea) - J W Evans, Australian Museum,
1966, p96, Fig.2.
- 4. Phylogeny and systematics of the leafhopper subfamily Ledrinae (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) - Jones, J.R. & Deitz, L.L. (2009), Zootaxa 2186:
1-120, plate 5G.
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