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Osbornellus limosus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger

© John Rosenfeld

© John Rosenfeld- female; note
shallow notch in 7th sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A golden yellowish-orange species with a broad reddish-orange band in front of the eyes. There are three dark brown to black lines on the vertex: one in front of the reddish band, and two others on the crown margin. There is a reddish band at the anterior end of the pronotum, and a broken band near the posterior edge; otherwise, the pronotum is yellowish with some black marks. The scutellum is yellow and orange, with a bold orange triangle in the anterior corners. The wings are yellowish with some dark brown to black and white marks; the venation is dark brown to black. The underside is a pale yellow color. The female pregenital sternite (sternite number 7) has the posterior margin roundedly produced on either side
of a moderate/shallow notch. Male plates are long and tapered to acute tips. Adults are around 5.0-6.0 mm long. (DeLong 1948)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern United States
Abundance: Recorded from the Piedmont; likely extremely abundant and common, but under reported since need to look at the underside to determine species.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Mixed hardwood forest; open habitat.
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species is one of several that occur in the eastern United States that are visually very similar in both color and pattern. These three species are: auronitens, limosus, and rotundus. The only way to distinguish between these species is with a view of the underside (easy to distinguish with a female, harder with a male). Female pregential sternites vary among the three species, with auronitens having a noticeably deep notch, limosus having a moderate/shallow notch, and rotundus having no notch at all.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Osbornellus limosus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; 5mm long
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; 5mm long
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; 5mm long
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; "this individual has a less deeply cleft female pregenital sternite, more so than in O. auronitens" AH
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: females
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: females
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: females