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BugBio: Treehoppers

August 19, 2014
Illustrations of Treehoppers

Illustrations of treehoppers.

We are kicking off Insect Thursday in the Naturalist Center starting at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 28, 2014, when we will have Olivia Evangelista from the Museu de Zoologis da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, discussing treehoppers. Dr Evangelista is a visiting postdoc in the genomics research lab in the Nature Research Center. She studies Membracidae, a group of true bugs which exhibits a vast diversity of crazy ornaments.

Treehoppers are a type of small winged insect. There are thousands of species of treehoppers, and they are widely distributed around the world. Treehoppers are of interest mainly because of their fantastic shapes. The prothorax, the body region between the head and the wings, is variously shaped. It often grows up and back over the body and wings, forming bulbs, spines, crescents, or circles. Treehoppers feed on plant juices and lay their eggs in plant tissues.Some treehoppers are called thorn bugs because the resting insects looks like thorns. They range in color from green and blue to bronze and are often marked with spots or stripes. Many treehoppers secrete honeydew, a sweet by-product of digestion. Most of these sap-sucking insects occur in the tropics.

Drop by and talk to our expert about the weird and wonderful world of treehoppers!

For more information contact Cindy Lincoln, coordinator of the Naturalist Center: cynthia.lincoln@naturalsciences.org.

 

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