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"Animals of Costa Rica": Images of 107 Treehopper Species
2018-04-16
Treehoppers collaborator Gernot Kunz has released a new app titled "Animals of Costa Rica" that has 107 photos of treehoppers (105 membracids; 2 aetalionids) plus several hundreds more of related groups such as leafhoppers, planthoppers, and spittlebugs. Many other insects, as well as crustaceans, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals found in Costa Rica are also featured. Below are screen shots from the app showing (1) the title page, (2) several Costa Rican treehoppers, and (3) the page leading to treehoppers and related groups.

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Screen shots from "Animals of Costa Rica" © Copyright 2018, by Guernot Kunz

Join the 26th Annual Treehopper Gathering, Little Orleans, Maryland, 31 May to 3 June 2018
2018-04-16
The 2018 Treehopper Gathering is arranged for the first weekend in June, Little Orleans Campground, Little Orleans, Maryland. Most activities will begin on Friday, 1 June, and end Sunday morning, 3 June, but attendees are welcome to set up their tents and start collecting treehoppers on Thursday, 31 May. “Treehopper Camp,” as old timers call it, provides a casual opportunity to meet and collect with others passionate about treehoppers and related insects in scenic western Maryland. Located in the Upper Potomac River valley, the campground occupies 222 acres of beautiful woodlands. At least 56 treehopper species (in 23 genera) have been collected in this vicinity.

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, and bathing suits! Don’t forget to flaunt your treehopper t-shirts.

"There's a Million of Them!... Hurry! Get Inside!"
2018-04-11
Witness frantic video footage of treehoppers besieging a Dallas family and their car. The mood quickly swings from amazement and laughter to horror and panic. Filmed during a time of such excitement, it is not surprising that the images of many individual treehoppers are a bit out of focus; however, Mark Rothschild, a member of our Treehoppers Team, believes specimens of Smilia camelus (Fig. 1) are well represented, along with perhaps a few S. fasciata, Cyrtolobus tuberosus, and probably C. fenestratus. But fear not! We suspect no one was seriously injured in this extraordinary encounter. The video is from a posting entitled "Treehoppers" (by Mike Merchant, 9 April 2018) on the Texas A& M AgriLife Extension Blog: "Insects in the City." Closeup images of the four species listed here can be seen on the checklist of Texas treehoppers, as well as on our genus pages for Cyrtolobus and and Smilia.


Fig. 1. Smilia camelus, female. © 2015, by Matthew S. Wallace and Lewis L. Deitz.

Invasion of Bocydium Treehoppers
2018-04-04
Please remain calm! Recent rumors (1 April 2018) of Bocydium treehoppers invading Japan are highly “inflated.” We believe these accounts may be traced to the incredible Japanese balloon artist Masayoshi Matsumoto (see also: instagram isopresso treehopper balloon and twitter isopresso treehopper balloon).

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