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This book is composed of 19 chapters written primarily. by U.S. authors but enriched in 9 of the chapters by contributors from Great Britain, Egypt, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Italy. The chapters have sprung primarily from a symposium in honor of Dwight M. DeLong at the 1983 Entomological Society of America meeting in Detroit, Michigan. Practically all aspects of science concerning leafhoppers (Cicadellidae) and planthoppers (Fulgoroidea) are treated. The beginning chapters are on the life and contributions of Dr. DeLong and on the systematics and morphology of leafhoppers and planthoppers. Following that are a variety of contributions which utilized many of the new tools available to science, such as electron microscopy, sound recording, and audiospectrographs of the weak sounds produced by leafhoppers and planthoppers. These contributions emphasize ecology, genetics, evolution, plant resistance, parasites and pathogens, and transmission of plant diseases. Each chapter ends with "Literature Cited" that often lists 50-100 or more references. There are abundant drawings, tables, photographs, and charts reproduced with good detail and contrast. The paper and binding are of good quality, and in the review copy the pages stayed flat at almost any place to which the book was opened.