Leafhoppers and Treehoppers

Posted Jun 19, 2006
Last Updated Nov 9, 2011

These are some leafhoppers and treehoppers I photographed while tromping around the forests around Kansas City, Missouri. I especially enjoyed the large black leaf treehoppers that have evolved to look like black thorns.

treehopper thorn

I originally labeled this a leafhopper, but thanks to Dawn Flynn, I learned this:

It is actually a treehopper. The species is Enchenopa binotata. It feeds on butternut and honey locust. Their pronotal horn mimics the thorn on a honey locust helping them to hide from predatory birds.

Dawn Flynn
Entomologist and Curator of Life Sciences
Schiele Museum of Natural History

Thanks Dawn!

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Lisa Douglas

Apr 20, 2012

Thank you, I'm glad you like the photograph. You probably originally labeled it LEAFHOPPER -- 3554_1_1290_4.jpg -- because that is what I called it when I TOOK THE PHOTO.

Tsk, tsk Mr. Olson. If you didn't take the photograph and don't know who did, it's probably best -- and more honest -- to not take credit for it yourself. There is a copyright on this photo. Please give me proper credit or remove the photograph from your site.

Lisa J. Douglas

Shawn Olson

Apr 27, 2012

I'm sorry but these are all my own photos. I can imagine that since all of these kinds of treehoppers look alike... many macro shots of them are probably similar.

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Silhouette of a treehopper that resembles a thorn.

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An immature red leafhopper.

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An immature yellow leafhopper.

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