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Cyrtolobus pallidifrontis - No Common Name



© Matthew S. Wallace- male

© Paul Scharf- male

© Matthew S. Wallace- female
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: Males are dark, with a blackish-brown pronotum with two white transverse bands and a white mid-dorsal mark. Females are reddish-brown with some greenish-gray mottling. The pronotum is low, with a minimal crest. The apices of the wing in both sexes is dark brown. Eyes are prominent and brown, and the ocelli (light-sensing organ) are large, reddish, and prominent as well. The legs and underside of the body are a grayish-yellow color. Adults are around 5.8 mm long. (Kopp)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central North America, as far west as Colorado (Kopp)
Abundance: Recorded across the state, with most records from the Piedmont. Seasonal distribution: 29 April- 26 July (CTNC)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest; where oak is present.
Plant Associates: Quercus alba, Q. stellata (CTNC); also on Q. rubra (CTGSMNP)
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 pallidifrontis No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; a dark individual, but has characteristic dark patch on middle of wing
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Stanly 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: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Female. Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Female. Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Female. Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female