Tag: homoptera

Hoppers, Hats, and Homology

An incredibly exciting paper came out in Nature last week about my favorite group of insects–the treehoppers, Membracidae. This group is instantly recognizable by their enlarged pronotum, or  thoracic shield. It’s usually big and strangely […]

They. Are. NOT. Beetles.

I don’t know why this irritates me so much, but it really does. I have been fighting with Snopes about this for years. (And they were really snotty and rude about my pointing out their […]

The Happy Hopper

I’ve been thinking about hauling records around with me ad infinitum (see earlier post), which made me think of the plant hoppers, or Fulgoroidea. Their youngsters sometimes cart around a surprising amount of wax: The […]