Oak Treehopper (Platycotis vittata)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Oak Treehopper.
Updated: 6/19/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
With or without a horn, the Oak Treehopper still charms with its bright colors and giant leaps.
Oak Treehoppers are a light blue with red stripes or yellow speckles. There is some variation within the species and as individuals mature. They may or may not have a horn at the head region. Their bodies are shaped somewhat like an isosceles triangle, narrowing at the tip of its wings.
The Oak Treehopper lays its eggs in the mighty tree, but it rarely damages it. Females typically leave small, speckled scars on soft twigs where the eggs are implanted, but leave a minimal impact on their namesake. Broods can have between 50 and 100 eggs and females have been observed standing guard over the young nymphs just a hop away on another branch.