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Liburniella ornata - Ornate Planthopper



© Kyle Kittelberger- macropter, common form

© Kyle Kittelberger- brachypter, side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- brachypter, top view

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph
Taxonomy
Family: DELPHACIDAESubfamily: Delphacinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: Highly distinctive, there is no other species that looks like this. The wings have an ornate color pattern of black, white/gray, and orange, and the body itself is colored like the wings. The top of the head and thorax are orange with a bold white line down the middle, extending onto the frons (face) which is dark with light carinae (ridges). The non-flattened antennae are pale with a dark ring at the juncture of the two antennal segments. Nymphs are pale with two bold black bands down the sides; there are white spots speckled on the part of the dark band on the frons.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central United States and Canada, plus California; also Bermuda and British Columbia (UDEL)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy and brushy habitat, as well as near forests
Plant Associates: Reported from the sedge Rhynchospora globularis, but probably polyphagous on sedges and maybe grasses (UDEL)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Brachypterous (short-winged) adults are uncommon in this species. (UDEL)
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Liburniella ornata Ornate Planthopper

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, 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: grassy, field-type habitat
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Male, Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge; female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge; female
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: brushy vegetation surrounded by forest; nymphs present
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: brushy vegetation surrounded by forest; nymphs present
Photo by: Bockhahn, Scharf
Burke Co.
Comment: LAJA - 2014 BioBlitz NYMPHS, There were many adults in the area
Photo by: Bockhahn, Scharf
Burke Co.
Comment: LAJA - 2014 BioBlitz NYMPHS, There were many adults in the area
Photo by: Paul Scharf, K.Kittelberger
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Female. Caught sweeping and released
Photo by: Paul Scharf, K.Kittelberger
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Female. Caught sweeping and released
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Weedy/grassy open area. Caught sweeping.
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Durham Co.
Comment: ENRI
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 4.4 mm, sweep of bushes along athletic field edge, primarily Groundsel Bush
Photo by: F. Williams, S. Williams
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv light
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv light
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: UV light