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2014 Treehopper Gathering: Little Orleans, Maryland
2014-07-14
The 2014 Treehopper Gathering (27 to 29 June) attracted entomologists from Brazil, Ecuador, and as far as Florida, Kansas, New York, and Connecticut in the United States. See group photo, below, left to right (b= back; f= front): Charles Bartlett, bAnthony Deczynsk, fAlexis Park, bAndrew Short, Yuri Park with son fDuncan, bAdam Bell, Robert Clark, bKeith Bayles, fLuis Camacho, bLewis Deitz, Stuart McKamey, bMike Hennessey, Olivia Evanelista, fLogan Fish, Matt Wallace, fCamille McKamey, bCorey Janusz, Cera Fisher, bGlenn E. Miller, Gretha dos Santos, bStephen Kloiber, Dawn Flynn, bMitchell Porter, Mark Rothschild, bMichael (Drew) Sheaffer, Nat Nazdrowicz, bAnthony Gonzon [Lawrence Barringer, not shown]. Smaller images show selected shots from the Little Orleans area. Images © Copyright 2014, by Robert E. Clark.





Attendees were among the first to see printed copies of "A review of the Planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) of the United States,” by Bartlett, O’Brien, and Wilson. "Hot off the press," this impressive and richly illustrated volume includes: a checklist of the 12 families, 167 genera, and 914 species occurring in the contiguous United States, plus 5 further genera (26 species) occurring in Canada and Alaska; keys to the families and genera; summaries of distribution; and an update to Metcalf’s bibliography. Another hot topic of discussion was the status of the genus Campylenchia, recently placed as a junior synonym of Enchenopa (Strümpel and Strümpel 2014a), but supported as a distinct genus in a prior molecular study (Lin, Danforth, and Wood 2004a). Attending systematists noted the need for sound phylogenetic analyses, as well as an examination of evidence from studies of life history, behavior, immatures, male mating calls, and host plant associations.

Participants collected a variety of insects at lights in the evenings. Images © Copyright 2014, by Luis Camacho.


This year’s gathering was purposely timed in order to sample species that occur a little later in the collecting season. Thus some later season species were found including a few immatures of the tribe Telamonini. Recognizing the importance of features of immatures in treehopper systematics, Stu McKamey is preparing an identification key to the nymphs of the New World tribes and genera, while Matt Wallace is focusing on the nymphs of the Telamonini. As it stands, the 2015 Gathering will likely be scheduled for early June. We hope to announce the final dates 2 or 3 months before the event.

New World Treehopper Introduced to Control Lantana in Australia Damages Fiddlewood Trees
2014-06-05
Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. 2013a. Aconophora on fiddlewood trees: Aconophora compressa. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland, [Australia]), Biosecurity Queensland Fact Sheet, Pest Animal PA27: [1-3]. [available online]

Introduced from Mexico in 1995 to control lantana in Queensland and New South Wales, Aconophora compressa may cause die-back and even defoliate fiddlewood trees.

27- 29 June 2014: Treehopper Gathering: Little Orleans, Maryland
2014-06-05
This is a reminder that the 22nd Annual Treehopper Gathering is scheduled for 27 to 29 June 2014 (arrive Friday, depart Sunday), Little Orleans Campground, Little Orleans, Maryland. This 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 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 cameras, macro lens, collecting vials, unidentified specimens, and bathing suits!

Two New Umbelligerus from Panama
2014-06-05
Flynn, D. J. 2014a. Review of the genus Umbelligerus Deitz with descriptions of two new species from Panama and key to adults (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 116(2): 145-154.

This work describes Umbelligerus stockwelli<> and <>U. convergens, n. spp. With a total of five Neotropical species, Umbelligerus is reported from Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

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