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Stictocephala bisonia

Stictocephala bisonia
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-10-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-10-18 7:48
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Points: 12
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Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Membracidae
Genus: Stictocephala
Species:S. bisonia

The buffalo treehopper (Stictocephala bisonia) is a species of treehopper belonging to the subfamily Membracinae.It is also sometimes classified as Ceresa bisonia.
This species is native to North America, but now it is widespread throughout southern Europe and it is also present in the Near East and in North Africa.
Buffalo treehoppers are a bright green color and have a somewhat triangular shape that helps camouflage them so as to resemble thorns or a twiggy protuberance. It gets its name from the vague resemblance of its profile to that of an American bison.They grow to 6 to 8 millimeters (0.24 to 0.31 in) long and have transparent wings.
S. bisonia mates during the summer months.Males attract females with a song that, unlike similar songs used by cicada and crickets, are outside the sonic range audible to humans.Females lay eggs from July to October using a blade-like ovipositor. Up to a dozen eggs are laid in each slit made by the female.
Nymphs emerge from the eggs the following May or June. The nymphs, which resemble wingless adults, but have a more spiny appearance, descend from the trees where they hatched to feed on grasses, weeds, and other nonwoody plants.
They molt several times in the following month and a half until they have reached adulthood.Then they return to the trees to continue their life cycle.Both adult and immature buffalo treehoppers feed upon sap using specialized mouthparts suited for this purpose.Black locust, clover, elm, goldenrod, and willow are among their favorite food sources.It is also an occasional pest of fruit trees and is harmful to young orchard trees, especially apple trees. It has become an invasive species in some parts of Europe.

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Hello Luciano,
Looks like African Buffalo!
Attractive species! Well captured even in such difficult light from back. Good details and not OE light in the BG.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-10-19 17:08]

Hello Luciano,
Great shot of this neat looking tree hopper. I have never seen one in the wild, yet I can definitely see how it obtained its name. Excellent detail and lovely colors. Well done!!

Hello Luciano,
Indeed it looks very strange like a buffalo.....The details and colors are excellent. I like the light from the back. Not easy to take a good exposure.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2017-10-20 13:40]

Hello Luciano!
Thanks for your comments in my last pic it was very kind of you! Thanks also for remember me afte ages ehehehee
As always your pic here is terrific! It made my day!!! Very clear and net...the little insect is very cool.TFS
BH from Ana

hi Sir
a beautiful macro..nice sharpness...a new species...
a good note also on it.

Bonsoir Luciano,

La feuille cadre bien l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de l'insecte Cicadelle bison. La lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


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