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Graphocephala teliformis - No Common Name

© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view

© Ken Childs- note pattern

© Ken Childs- note color
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Cicadellinae
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Description: A large member of this genus, with males 7.2- 8.5 mm long and females 8.0- 9.1 mm long (though longer individuals can occur). There are two color forms. Typical individuals resemble G. fennahi and have contrasting bold red stripes of subequal (almost equal) width on green wings; there are only 2 stripes. Individuals of the other color form look like G. coccinea, with contrasting red stripes (3 possible stripes) on blue wings. Wing stripes can be blue-green but are seldom bright blue (BG). The crown is yellow and the scutellum is yellowish to orange, while the underside of the body is yellow. There is a bold black line going around the side of the face between the eyes. (Hamilton 1985)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Found in southeastern Canada and the Northeast, ranging down into the Southeast and west to the Midwest (BG).
Abundance: Recorded from several counties in the Piedmont and mountains, but probably more abundant in the right habitats; uncommon. Likely not to be found in much of the Coastal Plain.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: A common understory species found around the edge of forests; has also been found in the state within mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Adults are polyphagous, found on choke cherry and other woody plants (BG)
Behavior: Can be attracted with a black light at night.
Comment: This species can be very difficult to distinguish from the very similar G. coccinea, for bluish individuals, and G. fennahi for green individuals. Exact measurements of body length and determination of sex (or photos that allow a sex to be determined) are essential in being 100% certain which species you have, although even then it may not be possible to conclusively determine a species. The two largest Graphocephala in the region are G. fennahi and G. teliformis.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Graphocephala teliformis No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; shows greenish blue lines, which eliminates G. coccinea I believe
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Comment: 8.75 mm
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Comment: 8.75 mm