Hoppers of North Carolina:
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Cyrtolobus fenestratus - No Common Name

© Matthew S. Wallace- male

© Ken Childs- female
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: Females have a much higher, more pronounced crest than males; similar in appearance to C. tuberosus. Both sexes have a transverse pale band across the pronotum, with a clear 'window' in the middle of the pronotum. The rear of the wings has a small dark smudge. Females tend to have green bodies. Males are 5 mm long while females are 6.5 mm (FSCA).
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and Central North America
Abundance: Uncommon, recorded across the state. Seasonal distribution: 24 April-19 May (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest; where oak is present.
Plant Associates: Quercus falcata, Q. laevis, Q. margarettiae, Q. marilandica, Q. nigra, Q. palustris, Q. phellos, Q. rubra, Q. velutina, Q. virginiana (CTNC)
Behavior: To listen to the male courtship call for this genus, listen here. These courtship calls are not audible to the human ear, and the calls here are produced by recording the substrate vibrations that the treehoppers use to communicate through the plants themselves. The recorded call is then amplified so that it is now audible to human ears. Research has shown that treehoppers use vibrations to attract mates, to announce the discovery of a good feeding site, or to alert a defending mother to the approach of a predator (T.IM).
Comment: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Cyrtolobus fenestratus No Common Name

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male