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Excultanus excultus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: DeltocephalinaeSynonym: Texananus excultus
Identification
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Description: A distinctive species with a yellowish body (head and pronotum) and dark wings that have 3 small white discs along the wing edges where the wings meet on the back (BG). The head is also narrower than the thorax (visible from above), with the vertex about 1/4 longer in the middle than next to the eyes. The wings have a dark checkered appearance to them; the outer rear edge of the wings has small white dots along a black border. The underside of the body and back is dark, contrasting with the pale body. The female pregenital sternite is broadly excavated about 2/3 of the way to the anterior margin; the sides of the sloping lateral margins are slightly produced and rounded. The male plates are broad and triangular, with the apexes bluntly pointed. Adults are 6.0-6.5 mm long. (DeLong & Hershberger 1949) For diagrams of the genitalia of this species, see: Dmitriev.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central United States, into the Southwest
Abundance: Uncommon, scattered records across the state.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been recorded in grassy, field-type habitats, as well as in open, mixed hardwood, and pine forests.
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a black light
Comment: This species is very similar visually to Texananus superbus, but is typically darker; the genitalia is also distinctive and different between the two, particularly for males.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Excultanus excultus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf, Patrick Coin
Halifax Co.
Comment: grassy area and mixed hardwood forest edge near pine forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat near lake edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat near lake edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat with microstygium among mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat with microstygium among mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: moth lights
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Open area near woods. Attracted to black light.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Open area near woods. Attracted to black light.
Photo by: Amanda Auxier
Pender Co.
Comment: Attracted to white CFL porch light in semi-wooded residential neighborhood.
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
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Photo by: FKW
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv light
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv light
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6.9 mm
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6.9 mm
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: UV light
Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28583374
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28583374
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28583374
Photo by: Steve Hall
Orange Co.
Comment: Observed at moth sheet