Register for the 2014 Treehopper Gathering, Little Orleans, Maryland
The 22nd Annual Treehopper Gathering is scheduled for 27 to 29 June 2014 (arrive Friday, depart Sunday), Little Orleans Campground, Little Orleans, Maryland. This casual event offers an exceptional opportunity to meet 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 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 cameras, macro lens, collecting vials, unidentified specimens, and bathing suits!

Treehopper News of 1 April 2014
What time is it? It's Treehopper Time!

© Copyright 2014, Stuart H. McKamey.

Was the Secretary of Defense trying to identify treehoppers?… as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know.” Donald Rumsfeld, February 2002

What Charles Darwin would have said on this first day of April:Had the Treehoppers Website been available when I was alive, I would have used it every day.

Observing Treehoppers in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil
Chris Dietrich recently returned from a 7-week trip to South America (Brazil, Chile, and Argentina) where he collected and photographed many interesting treehoppers, including members of the family Melizoderidae, restricted to Chile and Argentina, and the strange nicomiine genus Holdgatiella, a Chile endemic. Other highlights of the trip were visits to national parks in and around Rio de Janeiro that preserve remnants of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, home to many interesting treehoppers, including the heteronotine genus Iria.

Nymphs and adults of Melizoderes spp. (first row: left, nymph; right, adult; second row: left, adult), Llanquihea pilosa Linnavuori and DeLong (second row: right, female; third row: left, nymphal female; right, male), and Holdgatiella chepuensis Evans (fourth row: right, adult; left, nymph), all photographed in Chile - © Copyright 2014, by Christopher H. Dietrich.

Treehoppers on Stamps
Leafhopper specialist Paul Freytag kindly provided the following data related to three known postage stamps that depict treehoppers. A zealous collector of Auchenorrhyncha on stamps, Paul is an emeritus professor at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. As indicated on the images, the stamps are in the collections of John R. Meyer and Paul H. Freytag.

Family Membracidae

1978 Ivory Coast: issued 26 August 1978: Centrotus cornutus (Linnaeus). 60 fr., Scott #478. Also known as imperforate & deluxe sheet.

1998 Tanzania: issued 27 November 1998: Umbonia sp., labeled thornbug on stamp. 1500 sh., Scott #1748.

1999 Republic of Guinea: issued 11 November 1999: Umbonia crassicornis (Amyot and Serville), male, not labeled on stamp. 450 fr., Scott #1563.

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