Bocydium Latreille, 1829

Synonyms (and unplaced invalid names)
Sphaeronotus Laporte, 1832
Selected references
Latreille 1829a
McKamey 1998a
Cryan and Deitz 1999a
Godoy, Miranda, and Nishida 2006a
Flórez-V. and Evangelista 2017a
Overview
Flórez-V. and Evangelista (2017a) presented an illustrated key to the 20 species of Bocyidium, including 6 n. spp.
Taxon images
Bocydium
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2.Bocydium
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Acoustic calls
[listen] Bocydium (Membracidae: Stegaspidinae: Stegaspidini), male courtship call. Copyright © 2008, by Reginald B. Cocroft
Distribution
Neotropical region.
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Diagnostic characters
Pronotum with central, vertical pronotal stalk, its distal section umbrellalike consisting of 2 primary lateral processes and 1 slender, elongate posterior process; each primary lateral process with at least 1 anterior projection expanded into an anterior bulb (secondary lateral projections with or without bulbs may also be present). [Modified from Flórez-V. and Evangelista 2017a]
Immatures
Immatures are often resemble the color and texture of their host plants. Their bodies are dorsally flattened, bearing leaf-like tibiae and abdominal lamellae (Flórez-V. and Evangelista 2017a).
Host plants
Hosts include members of the plant families Asteraceae, Hypericacae, Melastomataceae, and Onagraceae, with most records are from genera of Melastomataceae (Flórez-V. and Evangelista 2017a).
Behavior
Members of the genus Bocydium are generally solitary as adults, however, large aggregations of mating adults have been observed on a single plant (Flórez-V. and Evangelista 2017a).
Prepared by
Lewis L. Deitz, Mark J. Rothschild, and Stuart H. McKamey, 11 July 2017.