Notes and Photos from the 24th Annual Treehopper Gathering
Treehopper enthusiasts representing 10 of the 50 States, as well as China, Colombia, and Russia, attended the 24th Annual Treehopper Gathering, 5 to 7 June 2016, Little Orleans, Maryland. Attendees (photo 1, left to right) included: Dmitry Dmitriev, Ashley Kennedy, Charles Bartlett, Andrew Short, Nate Nazdrowicz, Anthony Gonzon, Yang Wang, Anthony Deczynski, Laura Catalina González-Mozo, Matt Wallace, Lawrence Barringer, Dawn Flynn, Vlad Dmitriev, Lewis Deitz, Jason Owens, Mark Rothschild, Kelley Tilmon, Karen McGowan, Kerry McGowan, Stuart McKamey, Hava Amsbury, Dennis Kopp, Eli Wyman, and, in photo 2, Felipe Gonzalez-Mozo (he napped during the group photos).

2 Photos 1-2 © Copyright 2016, by Dmitry Dmitriev.

Aside from one torrential downpour, the weather was fine. As usual, base camp activities centered around the picnic shelter and ranged from treehopper mounting, sorting, and identification (photo 3 [left to right Laura G.-M., Stu McK., and Yang W.]) to lending and exchanging specimens, trading literature, socializing, playing Frisbee, showing off prized treehopper t-shirts (photo 4, shirt presented to Dennis K. from friends at North Dakota State University, 1990), and enjoying the Saturday evening feast of meats and veggies (photos 5-7: 5, Charles B. grilling steak; 6, Ashley K. grilling veggies; 7, Anthony G. smiling over his fried turkey). An exciting development was that Dmitry Dmitriev (Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign) will be collaborating with our existing Treehoppers Teams to assist in developing the Treehoppers Database in TaxonWorks. Thus, Dmitry is now officially part of our Taxa Content Team, Nomenclatural Database Team, and References Database Team.

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Photos © Copyright 2016: 3, 5-7 by Dmitry Dmitriev, 4, by Lewis Deitz.

Many participants also had fun collecting (photos 8-11: 8, Dmitry D.; 9, Matt W. with beating sheet and Vlad D. with sweep net; 10, Mark R., Kerry McG., and Karen McG.) and exploring areas around the campground (photo 11, Vlad D. and Yang W. at Fifteen Mile Creek). Notably, Matt W. collected his first nymph of Heliria excelsa, which he reared to the adult stage, thus filling a significant gap in his ongoing research on the nymphs of the tribe Telamonini. Among numerous other specimens collected were Telamona ampelosidis [male] (photo 12), Entylia carinata (13), and a fine-looking nymph of the genus Glossonotus (photo 14).

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© Copyrights 2016, by Dennis Kopp (photo 8), Dmitry Dmitriev (photos 9-11). Photos 12-14, by Stuart McKamey, are NOT IN COPYRIGHT.

Because 2017 will mark our 25th Annual Treehopper Gathering, we will likely extend next year’s gathering by an extra day or two! We hope to announce the final dates 2 or 3 months before the event, most likely it will include the first weekend of June. Already folks are thinking about special t-shirt designs to celebrate our Silver Anniversary.

Short Film Featuring Animated Treehoppers
Treehopper fans, enjoy this wonderful animation entitled Invisible Nature: Code of the Treehopper, produced for the Cal Academy! It stars Enchenopa and Umbonia, as personified by Rafa Rodriguez and Carol Miles, with some background and recordings provided by Rex Cocroft.

Funkhouser’s 1951 “Homoptera Fam. Membracidae.” Genera Insectorum, Fascicle 208
With great pleasure, we provide a Biodiversity Heritage Library link to “Funkhouser 1951a,” William D. Funkhouser’s final and most comprehensive contribution (of many) on treehoppers. Although the classification and nomenclature are out-of-date for many taxa, this remains a valuable reference. Funkhouser’s Plates 1-27 precede fascicle 209 on Diptera by E. Séguy in this online copy.

Celebrating 1 May 1885: Z. P. Metcalf’s Birth
Below we feature a clever plaque presented to Dr. Zeno Payne Metcalf on his 65th birthday by the “Membracids” (friends, faculty, students, and family at NC State University). Among the distinguished signatories is Virginia Wade, who assisted in compiling Metcalf’s invaluable catalogue of the Auchenorrhyncha. Although Metcalf died on 5 January 1956, his legend lives on as documented on the NCSU Libraries’ Website "DrMetcalf: a Resource on Cicadas, Leafhoppers, Planthoppers, Spittlebugs, and Treehoppers." We thank Micou M. Browne (Metcalf’s grandson) for sharing this long forgotten historical plaque with all who treasure treehoppers and Metcalf’s remarkable contributions.

© Copyright 1950, by the Membracids. Facsimile by Matthew A. Bertone.

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