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Buffalo Treehoppers are large for treehoppers. They grow up to 3/8 inch long. They are bright green and triangle-shaped. They have clear wings. Buffalo Treehoppers mate in the summer. Females lay eggs from July through October. Each female has a knife-like ovipositor that she uses to cut slits into a twig. In each slit she then lays up to 12 eggs. Eggs overwinter in the twigs. The following Spring, in May or June, treehopper nymphs hatch from the eggs. Nymphs look somewhat like adults, but are more spiny and don't have wings. Nymphs crawl down from their tree and feed on grasses and weeds. Over the next six weeks, nymphs shed their skins several times as they eat and grow. Each time, they look more and more like an adult. At the end of six weeks they have become adult Buffalo Treehoppers and return to trees. Both nymphs and adults suck sap for food. Favorite plants include: willows, elms, cherry, Black Locust, clovers, goldenrods, and asters.
Buffalo Treehoppers live in woods, meadows, and fields.
Male treehoppers call females with a song that humans can't hear.