How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Buffalo treehopper—Stictocephala bisonia
Treehopper adults are commonly greenish to brown and 0.5 inch long or shorter. Covering the body, they
have an expanded hood that may be formed into hornlike projections. Nymphs have numerous spines on the
back of the abdomen, and both immatures and adults jump readily.
Treehoppers suck plant juices. This feeding damage is slight, although the honeydew they produce supports
the growth of sooty mold, which may blacken leaves and stems when treehoppers become numerous. Treehopper
nymphs are commonly seen in clusters on plant stems.
The buffalo treehopper is easy to control with a forceful spray of water. High populations of nymphs
and adults may be reduced by spraying exposed insects with insecticidal