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Two Passion Vine Hoppers

Two Passion Vine Hoppers

Scolypopa australis is their latin name. The passion vine hoppers are just starting to make their appearance, their nymphs having been around for over a month. The picture was taken in the garden/bush with flash against empty space, hence the illusion of night.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

Metamorphosed

Newly Hatched Passion Vine Hopper

Newly Hatched Passion Vine Hopper

Following on from the previous post, these pictures show a passion vine hopper that has just left its nymphal shell, resplendent in a beautiful white attire. After about half an hour, the wings and body will have hardened and the white will be replaced by brown.

Considering the number of these sap suckers (scolypopa australis), I am surprised that I have been able to observe the metamorphosis only on very few occasions — always with admiration.

Newly Hatched Passion Vine Hopper

Newly Hatched Passion Vine Hopper

Scolypopa Australis

Scolypopa Australis

Palm Leaf

Washingtonia Palm Leaf

Washingtonia Palm Leaf

Backlit by the sun and inhabited by passion vine hoppers.

Curly

Blechnum Fern

Blechnum Fern

Next to our front door we have a blechnum fern. Always enjoy seeing the unfurling fronds.

You might notice the bits of ‘fluff’ here: the nymphs (“fluffybums”) of the passion vine hopper are already out and about. I am puzzled how these teeny critters can appear in force on totally new vegetation (i.e. a long distance away from where eggs might have been deposited at the end of the previous season).

Scolypopa Australis

Scolypopa Australis

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