Length 7.0 - 9.0 mm
Loye (1987) noted that species in Microcentrus have been neglected in favor of studies of more brightly colored treehoppers that live in groups tended by ants, and taxa that show parental guarding of the young.
Loye believed Microcentrus species have evolved a successful defensive strategy that does not involve tending by ants. Their coloration is cryptic, while their shape mimics a bud. They have a habit of sitting with their abdomen against a twig, thus making difficult any attack by parasitic species on their undersides. The autumn breeding season may also reduce attack by predators and parasites, which are more numerous in the summer.
The specific epithet derives from the Latin word for lost.
A related treehopper pictured on this site is a Stylocentrus sp.