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Smilia camelus - No Common Name



© Britta Muiznieks- male

© Matthew S. Wallace- female

© Matthew S. Wallace- female without stripe
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Identification
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Description: This species has a high pronotum, extending forward over the head rather than in the middle of the pronotum. In females, the pronotum is higher than in males. Females have a brownish pronotum with a broad diagonal stripe that is either green or yellowish, followed by a parallel translucent band and a white spot; however, females can vary considerably in color, with some lacking the colored stripe all together. Males, smaller than females, have a dark brown to black pronotum with the same colored and translucent stripes as in the female. The head in this species is yellowish with some hair; the eyes are brown to red, and the ocelli are pearly. The forewings are hyaline with brown bases and apices. The undersurface of the body is brownish yellow and the legs are yellowish. Males are 7 to 8 mm long, while females are 9 mm. (Kopp)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central North America
Abundance: Seasonal distribution: 24 April-25 September (CTNC)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest; where oaks are present.
Plant Associates: Quercus falcata, Q. laevis, Q. nigra, Q. stellata (CTNC)
Behavior: To listen to the male courtship call for this genus, listen here. These courtship calls are not audible to the human ear, and the calls here are produced by recording the substrate vibrations that the treehoppers use to communicate through the plants themselves. The recorded call is then amplified so that it is now audible to human ears. Research has shown that treehoppers use vibrations to attract mates, to announce the discovery of a good feeding site, or to alert a defending mother to the approach of a predator (T.IM).
Comment: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for General Oak-Hickory-Maple Forests

Species Photo Gallery for Smilia camelus No Common Name

Photo by: Bockhahn, Scharf
Burke Co.
Comment: LAJA - 2014 BioBlitz- male
Photo by: Bockhahn, Scharf
Burke Co.
Comment: LAJA - 2014 BioBlitz- male
Photo by: Britta Muiznieks
Dare Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: K. Bischof
Beaufort Co.
Comment: GOCR