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Passionvine hopper

Protecting New Zealand honey exports

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Passionvine hopper

The passionvine hopper, Scolypopa australis, is an insect pest found on many different plants. Adult passionvine hoppers grow to about 7mm long.

The passionvine hopper nymph feed on plant sap, leaving behind a honeydew secretion which can be collected by bees. When the nymph feed on the tutu plant, the honeydew contains a poison which, although harmless to bees, can contaminate honey and cause toxic poisoning of humans when ingested.