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Keeled Treehopper

Entylia carinata is a common bug found in a wide range across the United States west of the Rocky Mountains and northern into Canada. Though it is a treehopper, it is actually a rather "weedy" species, and a generalist, feeding on a wide variety of herbaceous plants in the family Asteraceae. The species is multivoltine, having up to four broods a summer, apparently depending on the latitude and length of the season. Eggs are deposited by the female in the midrib of the host plant, and usually guarded by the female parent until and after hatching. Nymphs hatch in roughly two weeks after oviposition, and have five molts. Individuals overwinter as adults, and researchers have found them in the leaf litter beneath their host plants during the cold months. Like many treehoppers, E. carinata are often tended by ants, protected in exchange for the honeydew they secret from anal tubes. E. carinata is a highly variable species, with pronotum height and coloration patterns greatly disparate within a single aggregation. 


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