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Passion Vine Hopper, Scolypopa australis
I found a small insect with a fluffy, upright white 'tail', and they seem to
have matured to a brown lacy winged insect. They can be found mainly on the
underside of leaves or at the tips of new shoots. I imagine treating them
would be difficult as they fly away quickly & settle somewhere else. I
first noticed them on a grape vine, & while trying to find out what they are
called & a possible cure, they seem to have spread to the ivy, & I've seen
the odd adult on the nearby tomato & capsicum plants. I get the impression
they're not too plant specific, & are rapidly spreading throughout the
The description of 'Passion Vine Hoppers' in the book by 'Yates' called
'Simply Gardening' matches, but unfortunately there is no pic.
- The illustration & description of Passionvine hopper on the site
http://www.hortnet.co.nz/publications/hortfacts/hf401035.htm matches the
pests I need to find a treatment for.
However, in a book by Bill Ward called 'edible garden', he describes passion
vine hoppers as 'green with bell shaped wings' & has a pic. This is NOT the
pest I'm talking about. Are these two related in any way?
This is a very useful site, & I wonder if it would be possible for you to
add pic's of garden pests & diseases, along with their names & the organic
treatment somewhere on your site for easy identification.?
I think the above pest could also be the one you're trying to identify in
"Bug identification, fish fertiliser spray"
Thank you in anticipation
From the description given, you pest would almost definitely be the Passion Vine Hopper, in two stages of its lifecycle, the nymphal stage - "small with a fluffy upright tail" and the adult stage "brown with lacy wings".
You question whether or not the insect with "green and bell shaped wings" would possibly be the Green Vegetable Bug, Nezura viridula - this bug is also a hemiptera, so they are related.
Try introducing parasitic wasps and predatory mites to control your pest. These are available from Zonda. Praying mantis are also good predators of S. australis as they also are for most garden pests.
In winter, remove all infected shoots and twigs, etc, that show signs of the past.
More detail on the Passion Vine Hopper can be found here.
Also see Hortnet's HortFACT page.
Re providing id pics, we will investigate doing this at sometime in the future.