A mighty leap is what gave this insect its name. This remarkable ability ushers them quickly out of danger. Warnings to others nearby are given by vibrating the abdomen on a stem or leaf.
Adults can be found on their favorite plants, usually in the plant's 'elbows', where twig meets branch. They feed on the liquid from the plant, siphoning off what they want from the tender parts. Multiple Treehoppers feeding on a young plant can weaken the plant to death.
Females lay eggs in the tip of a twig, forcing them into small slits for protection. Because the tips of plants (apical meristems) are the site of continued growth, this damage can kill the twig, though the larvae will have long abandoned it before then.