The Oak Treehopper serves as the name for an insect species common to parts of North America. They occur almost exclusively on oak trees.
The insect appears to inhabit both evergreen and deciduous oak trees with equal enthusiasm. They also tend to congregate in large numbers. At times, their numbers on a given tree engender concern among the owners of the trees.
However, actual physical damage caused by the Oak Treehopper to the trees remains extremely rare. Any physical damage inflicted upon a tree by their presence generally stays limited to minor scarring on the smaller limbs.
Oak Treehopper Distribution
Within the United States, their habitat continues to be primarily restricted to a narrow, U-shaped swathe. This swathe primarily extends through the coastal regions of Oregon, California, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and New Jersey.
However, smaller groupings also appear in Pennsylvania and Arizona, as well. Within this range, they may be found anywhere large groupings of oak trees are present. This includes forests and parks.
Oak Treehopper Physical Characteristics
The Oak Treehopper is a larger treehopper species, though still diminutive. They are heavy bodied and generally triangular in shape. Individual traits vary, but most individuals display a variety of stripes. Some individuals also possess a frontal horn, as well.
The Oak Treehopper attains an average length of roughly 0.35 in (9 mm), not including any horn present. Both the colors displayed and the length of the horn varies significantly among individuals. The horn occasionally grows to a length of as much as 0.16 in (4 mm).