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Common Name:  Treehoppers

Description: Treehoppers can be observed in a variety of different colors.  Their pronotum extends beyond the abdomen and encloses the wings.  The pronotum is often armed with spines and needles that serve as a defense mechanism.  Some species of tree hoppers have a distinctive ‘humpbacked’ appearance.   They are herbivores, and can be seen feeding on shrubs and grass blades.  Similar to Cicadellidae, they also deposit their eggs into the tree branches, doing considerable damage.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Large pronotum covers the head and extends backwards over the abdomen
  2. Short, bristle-like antennae

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Order:  Hemiptera, suborder Homoptera

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