Horiola sp.

Smiliine Treehopper

Horiola sp., Treehopper image from French Guiana (Guyane)

Family: Membracidae

Subfamily: Smiliinae

Length: 2.5 - 5.0 in genus


Members of the genus Horiola are found southern Central America and in the northern half of South America. The colors are typically yellow, brown, or black, often with light markings. The surfaces are punctate and often glossy in appearance.

The posterior process is large and hides the wings almost completely; this process is sharply pointed at its apex.

Horiola treehoppers are gregarious.

Their eggs are often parasitized by species of small wasps. On the other hand, other members of the order Hymenoptera, specifically ants, tend the hoppers and offer them some protection. The ants benefit from the "honeydew" produced by the treehoppers.

Photo location: at lights, Montagne de Kaw, French Guiana.

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