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Compendium Spot ID Tutorials Labs Glossary NC Pests

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Spot ID Characters for the Family

Membracidae

Treehoppers


Key Characters:

  • Large pronotum covers the head and extends backwards over the abdomen

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Tree hoppers can be observed in a variety of different colors.  Their pronotum extends beyond the abdomen and encloses the wings.  The pronotum is armed with spines and needles to use as a defense mechanism.  Some species of tree hoppers have a distinctive ‘humpbacked’ appearance.  They are herbivores, and can be seen feeding on shrubs and grass blades.  Similar to Cicadellidae, they also deposit their eggs into the tree branches, doing considerable damage.