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False Records of Telamona in South America
2015-04-15
McKamey, S. H.; Wallace, M. S. 2015a. The identity of three South American “telamonine” treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 117(1): 22-26.

Telamona ruificarinata Fowler, from Colombia, is referred to the genus Alchisme, with A. insolita Creão-Duarte and Sakakibara as a new junior synonym. Also, two species of Telamona described from Brazil–T. celsa Goding and T. turritella Buckton–are confirmed to be junior synonyms of the Nearctic species T. monticola (Fabricius) and Heliria praealta Fowler, respectively, their original type-locality data being incorrect.

23rd Annual Treehopper Gathering: 5-7 June 2015, Little Orleans, Maryland
2015-04-07
Join the 2015 Treehopper Gathering, set for 5 to 7 June(arrive Friday, depart Sunday), at the Little Orleans Campground, Little Orleans, Maryland. This casual get-together provides a pleasant opportunity to meet, swap stories, and collect with others passionate about treehoppers and related insects.

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. Bring your collecting vials, insect nets, unidentified specimens, cameras, macro lens, and bathing suits!

Plea for Care in Pronouncing Treehopper Names
2015-03-31
It has come to our attention that the careless pronunciation of certain treehopper names may offend or confuse workers here and abroad. We are not talking about George Willis Kirkaldy’s generic names for many insects, such as “Ohchisme, Dolichisme, Elachisme, Florichisme, Marichisme, Nanichisme, Peggichisme, and Polychisme,” all of which are considered sweet because the suffix “-chisme” (Greek) is pronounced “kiss-me”--nor even his treehopper genus “Alchisme,” which was perhaps more provocative when first proposed in 1904. Rather we refer to the common American pronunciation of the genus “Heranice,” which, if carelessly pronounced, may sound just as offensive as the usual American pronunciation of the name of the seventh planet from the sun. Here, we endorse the Portuguese pronunciation, in which the initial “H” is silent and the final “ce” is pronounced like the English word “see.”

In contrast, Spanish speakers would do well to Anglicize the unfortunate genus name “Llanquihuea” (based on Llanquihue, a province in Chile), thus not pronouncing the double “L” as a “Y.” Apparently, in Spanish this name sounds either hilarious or vulgar, depending on one’s point of view.

To reduce the large number of useless petitions to the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature requesting the suppression of these names, we urge workers to preserve the dignity of treehoppers by pronouncing their names with care, decency, and good taste.

--Treehopper Specialists’ Declaration of 1 April 2015

Neotropical Treehoppers: Recent Discoveries
2015-02-09
Sakakibara, A. M. 2014. A new species of Oeda (Hemiptera: Membracidae: Stegaspidinae) from Madre de Dios, Peru. Zoologia 31 (6): 557–560. [available online]

This work describes a new Peruvian treehopper, Oeda (Oeda) mielkei.

Lencioni-Neto, F.; Sakakibara, A. M. 2014 . Registro da ocorrência de Enchenopa beebei (Haviland) (Hemiptera, Membracidae) para o Brasil. [Registration of occurrence of Enchenopa beebei (Haviland) for Brazil.] Revista Univap (São José dos Campos-SP-Brasil) 20 (35): 86-92. [available online]

Enchenopa beebei (Haviland, 1925), previously known from Guiana, is reported from remnants of the Atlantic Forest, State of São Paulo, Brazil.

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