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Gyponana octolineata - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- typical coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- bold color

© Kyle Kittelberger- pale color
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Iassinae
Identification
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Description: A fairly distinctive but variably colored red and green species. Adults are typically green overall with red longitudinal bands on the pronotum (8 lines on the pronotum, hence octolineata) and red lateral corners on the scutellum. In some individuals, the whole pronotum is reddish, whereas in other individuals there is only a faint reddish tint to the pronotum. The red coloring on the scutellum can also vary, from only the lateral angles to the whole scutellum, and the head can vary from green to red. In most specimens, the red does not extend onto the wings. However, in extremely boldly marked individuals the red can extend onto the wings, typically on the inner edge but sometimes across them; the red does not cover every wing vein though, and some green is still present. The wing venation is moderately complex, being somewhat densely reticulate. Adult males are typically 8.5-9.5 mm long; the size range for the species is 7.5-11.0 mm long. (Hamilton 1982)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Transcontinental, found across North America
Abundance: Fairly common with scattered records across the state, likely more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in mixed hardwood forest, where pines are present; also open woodlands.
Plant Associates: Pines (Pinus spp.), willows (Salix spp.) (Hamilton 1982)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Most Gyponana species cannot be conclusively identified to species level through analyses of the genitalia, in particular the male genitalia. Gyponana species can vary in venation (i.e. degree of reticulation), wing width, overall length, and even color. Therefore, images identified to a Gyponana species are determined due to having characteristics that are generally indicative of a particular species, and are tentative unless the specimen has been analyzed.

In the case of G. octolineata, this species is most similar to G. gladia as they both have pinkish-red coloration. In octolineata, the red is typically restricted to the pronotum or portions of the wings, while in gladia the specimen is typically completely red (and darker too). However, this is a generalization and not key character, as there is variation among these two species.

Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Gyponana octolineata No Common Name

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 Black light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: attracted to Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: attracted to Light
Photo by: FKW
Camden Co.
Comment: DISW - Behind shop fence.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: open habitat near mixed hardwood forest edge; on a lawn
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: open habitat near mixed hardwood forest edge; on a lawn
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: open grassy area within mixed hardwood forest habitat; slight hint of orange on pronotum
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: stayed near the mercury light.
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: stayed near the mercury light.
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: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
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Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: maybe a Gyponana - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: K. Bischof
Beaufort Co.
Comment: GOCR
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment: forest edge with small lawn and meadow nearby
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: LED light
Photo by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin
Madison Co.
Comment: