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Aliens of the Amazon: Treehoppers

  • Mar 21, 2014 · 8:00 PM

Maryland Entomological Society - Meeting and Documentary Viewing

Dr. Stuart H. McKamey will introduce the award-winning documentary “Aliens of the Amazon: Treehoppers.” Dr McKamey was a key scientist on this expedition to the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in eastern Ecuador. Yasuni is one of the greatest biodiversity hotspots in the world, indigenous peoples’ homeland, and target for oil production. This Mona Lisa Productions film has received an award for Best Science Documentary in Italy. The documentary covers general information on tropical leafhoppers, species diversity, and habitat, as well as communication within species and with bees and ants. 

MES meeting at 8:00 pm; Lecture begins 8:15 pm.

Bioscience Building -  Room 004   Find a campus map at:

Cost: FREE

Speaker:  Stuart H. McKamey, Ph.D. - Research Entomologist, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

Dr. McKamey has collected extensively in the tropics, including Trinidad, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, other locations in Central America and northern South America, and the Eastern Arc rainforests of Tanzania.  Since 1997, Dr. McKamey has been at the USDA’s Systematic Entomology Laboratory specializing in leafhoppers (Cicadellidae), treehoppers (Membracidae), froghoppers (Cercopidae), and planthoppers (Fulgoroidea).


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  • Siobhan

    Very interesting having the "star" there to speak & comment on actual happenings during filming. Amazing creatures - surely their pronotum, being hollow, must be used to amplify the sounds that they make for other bugs.

    March 22, 2014

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