Sugarcane plant hoppers

Planthopper. Image National History Museum, London

  • In exceptional circumstances high populations can reduce yield and sugar content.
  • Perkinsiella vastatrix and P. vitiensis can act as vectors of Fiji leaf gall.

Description and symptoms

  • Similar to the sugarcane planthopper (Perkinsiella saccharicida) in size and appearance, being a 4-6 mm long, brown coloured, leafhopper.
  • Copious excretion of honeydew may cause development of sooty mould.


  • Insects can fly many kilometres.
  • Insects and eggs can be carried on sugar-cane stalks and leaves.

High priority pest of: Sugarcane

Scientific name: Perkinsiella bicoloris, P. diagoras, P. lalokensis, P. papuensis, P. rattlei, P. saccharivora, P. vastatrix, P. vitiensis
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Stink bugs, aphids, mealybugs, scale, whiteflies & hoppers (HEMIPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol