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Membracid Types at the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo
2014-12-15
Evangelista, O.; Santos, G. I. M. dos; Lamas, C. E. 2014a. An annotated catalogue of the Membracidae types in the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadomorpha). Zootaxa 3895(1): 1–30.

This useful catalogue documents 106 primary and 171 secondary membracid types held at the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo (MZSP). These specimens represent 82 nominal species in 17 treehopper tribes (8 subfamilies). The authors include notes on taxonomy, extensive literature sources, and for each type: precise label data and notes on the condition of the preserved material.

Wild, Weird, and Wired
2014-12-10
Check out treehopper facts, images, videos, and sounds featured in Absurd Creature of the Week: This Is an Actual Insect. This Is Not a Joke, by Matt Simon (Wired.com: 5 December 2014).

Master of Science Thesis on the Membracidae of Colombia
2014-11-20
González Mozo, L. C. 2014. Sinopsis de Membracidae (Hemiptera: Membracoidea) de Colombia, relacionados con ecosistemas agrícolas. Maestria en Ciencias Agrarias--Entomología, Universidade Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia. [iv] + viii + 145 pp. [M.S. thesis; available online]

Immatures and Host Plants of Telamonine Treehoppers
2014-10-24
Wallace, M. S. 2014a. The host plants of the Telamonini treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae: Smiliinae) and the first diagnoses of nymphs for 14 species. Zootaxa 3878 (2): 146–166.

Owing to their cryptic shapes and coloration, nymphs of the treehopper tribe Telamonini (with 68 species) closely resemble parts of the plants on which they feed and develop. Wallace’s work provides the first comprehensive list of telamonine host plants along with useful morphological diagnoses and color photos for identifying the fifth instar nymphs of 15 species. The cryptic nymph of Archasia belfragei, below, is hidden in plain view (photo © 2013, by Matthew S. Wallace).



Members of this tribe are recorded from 80 host plant species in 41 genera and 22 families. The total number of hosts species/treehopper ranges from a single host (in 12 telamonine species) to 29 different hosts (in Telamona monticola). Indeed, many telamonines are recorded from more than one plant genus. The genus Quercus serves as a host for 45 of the tribe's 68 species.

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