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Observations on Treehopper Behavior (Homoptera, Membracidae)

Clifford J. Dennis
The American Midland Naturalist
Vol. 71, No. 2 (Apr., 1964), pp. 452-459
DOI: 10.2307/2423304
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2423304
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Observations on Treehopper Behavior (Homoptera, Membracidae)
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Abstract

Observations were made on one or more aspects of the behavior of 36 species at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, and Ada, Oklahoma, 1960-62. The treehoppers did not show decided preference for any particular height or for the "shady" or "sunny" side of trees. No daily vertical migration was detected. Thirty-two of 77 Enchenopa binotata responded to lights, more so to either white or black than to various colors. Thirteen species came to both black and white light traps, three to a black light trap only, four to a white light trap only. A discussion of observations on righting, response to mechanical stimuli, protective coloration and shape, resting time, feeding, minor movements, and defecation is included.

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