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Archasia belfragei - No Common Name

© Matthew S. Wallace

© Matthew S. Wallace

© Britta Muiznieks

© Matthew S. Wallace- nymph
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
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Description: A fairly distinctive species with a high-arched crest rising vertically from the head, helping distinguish this species from A. auriculata, which has a more rounded crest, and A. pallida, which has a much shorter crest. A. belfragei is typically green, with a characteristic thin but bold brown fringe to the crest. Adults are 9-10 mm long (BG). Nymphs are brownish, with a short crest rising from the pronotum.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern, central, and southwestern United States and adjacent Canada (BG)
Abundance: Uncommon with scattered records across the state. Seasonal distribution: 12 May-11 September (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Quercus alba, Q. phellos (CTNC); has also been collected from Quercus falcata, Platanus occidentalis, and Robinia pseudoacacia (CTGSMNP).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species may actually be most confused with Telamona extrema, as they both have similarly shaped pronotums. However, T. extrema tends to be brownish in color while A. belfragei is greenish. But there are also slight differences in the shape of the pronotum. With A. belfragei, the pronotum is either broad or moderate in width, but there is a somewhat even, gradual curve starting from the rear to the highest point of the crest itself. With T. extrema, the pronotum is always broad and there is a kink in the crest before it sharply curves upward. This kink is largely absent or heavily reduced in A. belfragei.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Archasia belfragei No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest edge, near the road
Photo by: Britta Muiznieks
Dare Co.
Photo by: Britta Muiznieks
Dare Co.
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Stanly Co.
Comment: Found dead by Bug Zapper
Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Photo by: B. Bockhahn
Stokes Co.
Photo by: Steve Hall
Orange Co.
Comment: Found at moth sheet