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New Tex-Mex Treehopper Celebrates M. S. Wallace and Selena
2016-04-26
Music lovers and entomologists are abuzz with news of Selenacentrus wallacei, new treehopper genus and species, recently described from Texas and northern Mexico by Brendan O. Morris and Christopher H. Dietrich (2016, "Hidden in plain sight: a remarkable new genus of Nearctic treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae)," Annals of the Entomological Society of America [advance access published 29 March 2016; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aesa/saw008]. The new genus name honors Selena Quintanilla, beloved Queen of Tenjano [or Tex-Mex] music. The species names honors esteemed treehopper specialist Matthew S. Wallace. Additional work is needed to clarify the phylogenetic position of this new membracid relative to other taxa within the subfamily Centrotinae. The treehopper feeds on a few members of the plant family Fabaceae (Prosopis, Pithecellobium, and Acacia).

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© 2016, by Brendan O. Morris. Selenacentrus wallacei Morris and Dietrich. 1-2, female; 3-4 male.

Read more at EntomologyToday, Science Daily, and Phy.org.

24th Annual Treehopper Aggregation: 3-5 June 2016, Little Orleans, Maryland
2016-04-04
Join the 2016 Treehopper Gathering, set for 3 to 5 June (arrive Friday, depart Sunday), at the Little Orleans Campground, Little Orleans, Maryland. Nicknamed “treehopper camp” by some, this casual event provides a pleasant opportunity to meet and collect with others passionate about treehoppers and related insects in scenic western Maryland. 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.

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.

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

Gonoconophora Awareness Month
2016-04-01
This month we focus on the little known Brazilian genus Gonoconophora Fonseca 1950, which is of uncertain position within the subfamily Darninae (Deitz 1975). The genus is known only from the holotype of its type species – G. funkhouseri Fonseca – which is apparently lost (Evangelista, Santos, and Lamas, 2014a, Zootaxa 3895(1): 1–30). Consequently, everything we known of Gonoconophora is based on its original description by José Pinto Fonseca, 1950a, "Contribuição para o conhecimento dos membracídeos neotrópicos (V)" [Contribution to the knowledge of the Neotropical Membracidae (V)] (Arquivos do Instituto Biológico, São Paulo, 19: 111-116, Plate 8). Except as noted otherwise, the contents of the Arquivos do Instituto Biológico, São Paulo, are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). We here reproduce Fonseca’s 1950 original illustrations along with a generic diagnosis translated and modified from Fonseca’s original. Our hope is that increased awareness of Gonoconophora might lead to the discovery of additional material, either in collections or by stimulating efforts to find this treehopper in the wild.



Gonoconophora funkhouseri Fonseca, female holotype. A, lateral aspect; B, dorsal aspect, C, anterior aspect. ©1950, by Arquivos do Instituto Biológico, São Paulo.

Diagnosis: Head transverse, more than four times broader than high. Forewing with five apical cells, in repose, half its width concealed by pronotum. Hind wing hyaline with four apical cells. Pronotum: humeral angles prominent, nearly acute apically; frontal horn directed anterodorsally, laterally compressed, without lateral keels; posterior process well developed, strongly spine-shaped apically, slightly surpassing apex of forewings in length. Body glabrous. Measurements (female holotype): overall length of pronotum 13mm (apex of anterior process to apex of anterior process); length from base of head to wing tip 8mm; between humeral angles 2mm.

Holotype (female): Onda Verde, State of São Paulo, Brazil, 20 January 1946, Frederico Lane (originally deposited in the Collection of the Department of Zoology, State of São Paulo, Brazil).

Prepared by Lewis L. Deitz and Olivia Evangelista.

Update on Treehopper Types at North Carolina State University
2016-03-07
Since our posting of 2014-02-03 titled "Membracid Types at North Carolina State University," links to NCSU's Insect Museum have been changed and the collection now holds type material of 49 membracid species. For primary types, the listing includes the original binomen, author(s), and literature citation, along with information quoted from the data labels. For some species, images of the type and its labels are available online, as shown below for the holotype of Aconophora elongata (photos Copyright © 2013, by Robert L. Blinn).



Aconophora elongata Dietrich In Dietrich & Deitz 1991. N. C. Agric. Res. Ser. Tech. Bull. 293:112.
Holotype: "PERU/Chancha/mayo; 21-vii-60/J. Salazar; on/Leguminosae; DIETRICH/RESEARCH/4-84-373c; HOLOTYPE/Aconophora/elongata/Dietrich"
Paratypes, 8: Peru

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