Bocydium globulare

Globe-bearing Treehopper

bocydium-globulare, Treehopper image from French Guiana (Guyane)



Family: Membracidae

Subfamily: Stegaspidinae

Tribe: Stegaspidini

Length: hopper in photo 6.7 mm including the pronotal balls


Members of the genus Bocydium are found only in the northern half of South America. The various species range from 4.6 to 7.5 mm in length (Godoy et al., 2006).

The purpose of the balls on the pronotal extensions has not been definitively explained.

Bocydium globulare is a solitary species. These hoppers are most often found feeding on the undersides of Glory Bush leaves (Miconia spp.) a couple of meters above the forest floor. The species is also attracted to lights.

Photo location: Montagne de Kaw, French Guiana.

Head of Bocydium globulare, photo from Guyane (French Guiana)