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Discussion of 2018 gathering

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Family Derbidae - Derbid Planthoppers

Our first Otiocerus! - Apache degeeri Hopper with fuzzy coating - Neocenchrea heidemanni Light blue cedusa on foliage - Cedusa White Fly? - Anotia Cedusa obscura - male Apache degeeri? - Shellenius schellenbergii Fulgoroidea - Cedusa Long-winged planthopper - Anotia
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 Fulgoroidea (Planthoppers)
Family Derbidae (Derbid Planthoppers)
Explanation of Names
Derbidae Spinola 1839
70 spp. in 14 genera in our area(1), ~1700 spp. in ~160 genera worldwide(2)
8-11 mm(3)
Derbids generally can be recognized by having the row of spines on the second hind tarsal segment and having the apical segment of the beak short. The head is compressed – slightly or greatly(1)
woody fungi on rotten logs(3)
immatures feed on fungal hyphae(1)
Nymphs feed on fungi. Adults just seem to hang around on vegetation waiting on others passing by. --Andy Hamilton
Internet References
Derbidae of North America - Univ. Delaware(1)