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Smilia fasciata - No Common Name

© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© David Guzman- male

© Brian Bockhahn

© Stan Giliam
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: This species resembles S. camelus, but the pronotal crest peaks in the middle rather than above the head. As in S. camelus, the pronotum is higher in females rather than in males. Females have a brownish pronotum with a broad diagonal stripe that is either green or yellowish, followed by a white spot; however, females can vary considerably in color, with some having rather broad stripes and others lacking the colored stripe all together. Males, smaller than females, have a dark brown to blackish pronotum with the same colored stripe (ranging from white to yellowish-green) as in the female, which can also vary in width or be absent. The forewings are hyaline with brown bases and apices. The undersurface of the body is dark and the legs are yellowish. Males are 7 to 8 mm long, while females are 9 mm. (FSCA)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Mainly the Southeastern United States, west to Texas (BG)
Abundance: Uncommon in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. Seasonal distribution: 2 April-5 September (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest; where oak is present.
Plant Associates: Carya illinoinensis, Quercus coccinea, Q. falcata, Q. nigra, Q. palustris, Q. phellos, Q. stellata, Q. velutina (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 Forests

Species Photo Gallery for Smilia fasciata No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: David Guzman
Wake Co.
Photo by: Stan Giliam
Guilford Co.
Photo by: B. Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: MARI