2015 Treehopper Aggregation at Little Orleans, Maryland
The 23rd Annual Treehopper Gathering (5 to 7 June, Little Orleans, Maryland) brought together treehopper enthusiasts from Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and South Dakota.

Fig. 1. Group photo of 2015 attendees., left to right (b= back; f = front): Charles Bartlett, Ruth Moscovitchf, Vinton Thompson, Mark Rothschild, Kelley Tilmon, Andrew Shortb, Dennis Kopp, Stuart McKameyf, Adam Bellb, Anthony Gonzon, Nate Nazdrowiczf, Lawrence Barringerb, Anthony Deczynski, Ashley Kennedyf, Yuri Park, Lewis Deitzb, Alexis Park, Duncan Parkf.

© Copyright 2015, by Nate Nazdrowicz.

The pleasant weather was slightly cooler than usual for early June, perfect for camping, socializing, and collecting in the woods of western Maryland. Our Saturday evening feast, always a highlight of the weekend, featured turkey (deep fried), steak, venison (all prepared by Anthony Gonzon), and teriyaki chicken (prepared by Yuri Park), as well as salads, various veggies (including baked potatoes and sweet potatoes), and desserts. Between meals, picnic tables were generally cluttered with drawers, boxes, and vials of treehoppers and other insects, including fresh insects being processed, hundreds of preserved specimens to be lent, returned, or donated to attendees or others at their home institutions, and an incredible display of treehoppers that Mark Rothschild collected this spring. (See photos 2-3).

While Vinton Thompson was off collecting spittlebugs, his wife Ruth Moscovitch sketched the valley view from Saint Patrick’s, a church surrounded by the Little Orleans Campground. Near this church, vines of Virginia creeper host a spectacular treehopper, Telamona ampelosidis. (See photos 4-6).

Figs. 2-7. 2, Adam Bell (left to right), Andrew Short, Charles Bartlett, and Lawrence Barringer collecting at the group campsite. 3, Charles Bartlett, Anthony Deczynski, and Lawrence Barringer under the picnic shelter. 4, Ruth Moscovitch with her sketch from Saint Patrick’s Church. 5. Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church and historic cemetery where a number of Irish workers involved in the construction of the C&O Canal are buried. 6, Telamona ampelosidis, a handsome treehopper that feeds on Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinguefolia (L.) Planchon. 7. Unexplained stick figures composed of small, dead wooden twigs tied together with waxed and unwaxed dental floss.

© Copyrights 2015, by Ashley Kennedy (photos 2 and 3), Lewis L. Deitz (photos 4, 5, and 7), and Mark J. Rothschild (photo 6).

Little Orleans is not far from Burkittsville, Maryland, where the terrifying movie “The Blair Witch Project” was allegedly filmed. This year, as in 2000 (following the film’s release in 1999), witchy stick figures mysteriously appeared around our campsite (Fig. 7), even in the absence of our beloved colleague and occasional mischief-maker Matt Wallace. Unlike the horror film, the Treehopper Gathering ended happily and without incident.

The 2016 Gathering will likely be scheduled for early June. We hope to announce the final dates 2 or 3 months before the event.

Reminder: June 2015 Treehopper Gathering in Little Orleans, Maryland
The 2015 Treehopper Gathering will be 5 to 7 June (arrive Friday, depart Sunday), at the Little Orleans Campground, Little Orleans, Maryland. To reserve a campsite with our group or to obtain further information, contact Charles Bartlett. Advanced registration with Charles is essential to assure that you have a campsite. Participants are expected to provide their own tents, food, and camping gear, and to share in the cost of the group campground registration and the group meal provided on Saturday evening.

Updates of Treehopper Photographers and Other Collaborators
We gratefully acknowledge the many generous individuals who provide digital images of treehoppers or assist in identifying images for us. While most of these collaborators are already included in our Acknowledgments, we list below new supporters since our last update. The most recent image contributed is this stunning photo of a Membracis species [identification revised on 26 May 2015], taken in Brazil by Weiwei Zhang.

© 2015, by Weiwei Zhang

Collaborating photographers: Matthew A. Bertone (Department of Entomology, NCSU, Raleigh); Adam J. Bell (University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York); Robert E. Clark (Wesleyan University, Connecticut); Ashley M. Dennison (East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania); Olaf H. H. Mielke (Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba-PR, Brazil); Dale Lee Denham-Logsdon (Dalesmicro, Toluca, State of Mexico, Mexico); Camilo Flórez-Valencia (Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia); Gustavo F. Morejón J. (Cuenca, Ecuador); Eli S. Wyman (American Museum of Natural History, New York); Weiwei Zhang (Chongqing, China). Other collaborators: Dawn J. Flynn (Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia, North Carolina); Ai-Ping Liang (Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing).

Umbonia crassicornis (Amyot and Serville) © 2013, by Matthew A. Bertone

Spiny Hopperling
This spiny treehopper nymph is one of Katja Seltmann’s new series of bug inspired drawings. We hope it makes you smile.

Copyright © 2015, by Katja Seltmann.

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