A Newly Described Pest of Soybeans in Brazil
Two species of the genus Ceresa are associated with soybeans in Brazil: Ceresa brunnicornis (Germar 1835) from the southern region and Ceresa atlantica Andrade 2015, n. sp., from the east and northeast (Andrade 2015a). The latter species has been called the “soybean buffalo treehopper” in the applied entomological literature (Zanella 2007a). Andrade (2015a), who formally described this economically significant treehopper, kindly provided an original map (below), which summarizes the known distribution of C. atlantica in northeastern Brazil. [Map © 2015, by Gabriel Simões de Andrade]

Andrade, G. S. de. 2015a. A new species of Ceresa Amyot & Serville (Hemiptera: Membracidae) associated with soy culture in Brazil. Entomological News 125 (1): 47-51.

Zanella, M. 2007a. Búfalos na soja. Cultivar Grandes Culturas 97: 24-26.

Recent Papers
Harvey, A.; Wheeler, A. G., Jr. 2015a. Vanduzea segmentata (Fowler) (Hemiptera: Membracidae): seasonality and habits in the southeastern United States, with review of its U. S. distribution and host plants. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 117(2): 135-150.

The authors present a wealth of information on the life history and taxonomy of V. segmentata, including new host plant and state (Alabama and Georgia) records. Described from Neotropical Mexico (Guerrero, Tabasco, Veracruz), the species also occurs in Guatemala and Panama and was introduced to Hawaii (Harvey and Wheeler 2015a). Nearctic records now include: [? MEXICO (Nearctic): Nuevo León, Tamaulipas]; USA: Southwestern States: AZ, TX; Central & Eastern States: AL, FL, GA, LA (Deitz and Wallace 2012a; Harvey and Wheeler 2015a).

Hamilton, K. G. A. 2015a. Anatomy: the poor cousin of morphology. American Entomologist 61(2): 88-95.

This paper includes brief notes on Membracidae.

2015 Treehopper Aggregation at Little Orleans, Maryland
The 23rd Annual Treehopper Gathering (5 to 7 June, Little Orleans, Maryland) brought together treehopper enthusiasts from Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and South Dakota.

Fig. 1. Group photo of 2015 attendees., left to right (b= back; f = front): Charles Bartlett, Ruth Moscovitchf, Vinton Thompson, Mark Rothschild, Kelley Tilmon, Andrew Shortb, Dennis Kopp, Stuart McKameyf, Adam Bellb, Anthony Gonzon, Nate Nazdrowiczf, Lawrence Barringerb, Anthony Deczynski, Ashley Kennedyf, Yuri Park, Lewis Deitzb, Alexis Park, Duncan Parkf.

© Copyright 2015, by Nate Nazdrowicz.

The pleasant weather was slightly cooler than usual for early June, perfect for camping, socializing, and collecting in the woods of western Maryland. Our Saturday evening feast, always a highlight of the weekend, featured turkey (deep fried), steak, venison (all prepared by Anthony Gonzon), and teriyaki chicken (prepared by Yuri Park), as well as salads, various veggies (including baked potatoes and sweet potatoes), and desserts. Between meals, picnic tables were generally cluttered with drawers, boxes, and vials of treehoppers and other insects, including fresh insects being processed, hundreds of preserved specimens to be lent, returned, or donated to attendees or others at their home institutions, and an incredible display of treehoppers that Mark Rothschild collected this spring. (See photos 2-3).

While Vinton Thompson was off collecting spittlebugs, his wife Ruth Moscovitch sketched the valley view from Saint Patrick’s, a church surrounded by the Little Orleans Campground. Near this church, vines of Virginia creeper host a spectacular treehopper, Telamona ampelosidis. (See photos 4-6).

Figs. 2-7. 2, Adam Bell (left to right), Andrew Short, Charles Bartlett, and Lawrence Barringer collecting at the group campsite. 3, Charles Bartlett, Anthony Deczynski, and Lawrence Barringer under the picnic shelter. 4, Ruth Moscovitch with her sketch from Saint Patrick’s Church. 5. Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church and historic cemetery where a number of Irish workers involved in the construction of the C&O Canal are buried. 6, Telamona ampelosidis, a handsome treehopper that feeds on Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinguefolia (L.) Planchon. 7. Unexplained stick figures composed of small, dead wooden twigs tied together with waxed and unwaxed dental floss.

© Copyrights 2015, by Ashley Kennedy (photos 2 and 3), Lewis L. Deitz (photos 4, 5, and 7), and Mark J. Rothschild (photo 6).

Little Orleans is not far from Burkittsville, Maryland, where the terrifying movie “The Blair Witch Project” was allegedly filmed. This year, as in 2000 (following the film’s release in 1999), witchy stick figures mysteriously appeared around our campsite (Fig. 7), even in the absence of our beloved colleague and occasional mischief-maker Matt Wallace. Unlike the horror film, the Treehopper Gathering ended happily and without incident.

The 2016 Gathering will likely be scheduled for early June. We hope to announce the final dates 2 or 3 months before the event.

Reminder: June 2015 Treehopper Gathering in Little Orleans, Maryland
The 2015 Treehopper Gathering will be 5 to 7 June (arrive Friday, depart Sunday), at the Little Orleans Campground, Little Orleans, Maryland. 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.

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