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Graphocephala teliformis - No Common Name



© Rob Van Epps- uncommon blue form

© Ken Childs- note pattern

© Ken Childs- note equal width of red stripes
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Cicadellinae
Identification
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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). A majority of adults are green with two contrasting bold red stripes of subequal (almost equal) width. However, some individuals can have bluish-green (seldomly, bluish) wings with 3 contrasting red stripes; the outer stripe is typically thin and/or incomplete. 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.
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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: Graphocephala can be a very difficult genus in which to differentiate some of the species from one another. G. teliformis can be very difficult to distinguish from the very similar G. coccinea, for bluish individuals that display a thinner, sometimes incomplete outer red wing stripe near the costal margin of the wings, and G. fennahi for green individuals that have two red stripes. 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 due to overlapping size ranges. The two largest Graphocephala in the region are G. fennahi and G. teliformis.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Graphocephala teliformis No Common Name

Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Comment: 8.75 mm
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Comment: 8.75 mm
Photo by: Vin Stanton
Buncombe Co.
Comment: wooded residential neighborhood
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Iredell Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping in weedy field. Female. Length 9.2mm.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Iredell Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping in weedy field. Female. Length 9.2mm.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: caught sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
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Photo by: B. Bockhahn
Alleghany Co.
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