These treehoppers, Entylia carinata
have been feeding on my Frostweed (Verbesina virginica
) all summer, attended by what I believe are Black Carpenter Ants, Camponotus pennsylvanicus
. They keep to the underside of the leaves, and if you flip the leaf over, the ants rove onto your hand, sometimes stinging. The hoppers are all adults now, and I brought some leaves inside on a stable surface for detail shots. The ants, unfortunately, run off. The hoppers don't like the exposure either, and begin to move after a bit. As they warmed up, they would walk, then hop, and sometimes fly.