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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Superfamily Cicadoidea - Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers

Treehopper - Ceresa basalis Cyrtolobus cicada - Neotibicen canicularis Grand Western Cicada - Megatibicen dorsatus Cicadetta kansa - Cicadetta Ceresa Dog-day Cicada - Neotibicen winnemanna hopper120516 - Graphocephala versuta
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Taxonomic treatment of the families in this superfamily varies. See, for instance, the Tree of Life's treatment of these families under Auchenorrhyncha:
-Cicadomorpha
Cicadoidea (cicadas, tettigarctid cicadas)
Cercopoidea (froghoppers, spittlebugs)(1)
Membracoidea (leafhoppers, treehoppers)(2)
-Fulgoromorpha (planthoppers)(3)(4)
Numbers
data on NA treehopper fauna summarized in(5)
Identification
Characters of the Cicadoidea are (Folz, 2001):
antennae short and bristlelike (aristate), arising in front of or between the compound eyes
tarsi with three segments
middle coxae short and contiguous
no Y-vein in the anal area of the forewing

Superfamily Cicadoidea as used here is comprised of four families:
Aetalionidae - Aetalionid Treehoppers
Cercopidae - Spittlebugs
Cicadellidae - Leafhoppers
Cicadidae - Cicadas
Membracidae - Treehoppers