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Species Thelia bimaculata - Locust Treehopper

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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)
Family Membracidae (Treehoppers)
Subfamily Smiliinae
Tribe Telamonini
Genus Thelia
Species bimaculata (Locust Treehopper)
Explanation of Names
Thelia bimaculata (Fabricius 1794)
Size
Female 11 mm, or 14 mm including the horn. Male somewhat smaller.
Identification
Males sport a bright yellow band along the lower lateral margins of the pronotum
Range
e. NA except Gulf States (QC-SC to ON-WI-IA-UT-OK)(1)
Habitat
lives its entire life on Locust, usually on younger trees, and seems to prefer trees that get some sunshine, avoiding trees in the deep woods
Food
host: Locust tree; a single tree may host close to 500 individuals
Life Cycle
Eggs laid near ground in slits in bark. From hatching to emergence as an adult takes about a month. Nymphs gradually move up the trunk as they mature.
Remarks
Often protected by ants. Damage to the host is practically non-existent.
Works Cited
1.Richness of the Nearctic treehopper fauna (Hemiptera: Aetalionidae and Membracidae)
Deitz L.L., Wallace M.S. 2012. Zootaxa 3423: 1–26.