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Scaphoideus opalinus - No Common Name



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Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: Typically a gray to white species, paler than most Scaphoideus. The crown is mostly grayish-white, with a thin brown marginal area and a thin, sometimes faint orange band between the eyes. The eyes are brown to bold red, while the face is brown to golden tan with several white and brown lines below the crown. The pronotum is grayish-white, with either few markings except a couple black patches near the crown, or scattered orange-brown markings near the base and apex. The scutellum is whitish to a creamy orange color with dark brown upper corners and sometimes a reddish-orange patch in the middle. The wing color and pattern varies among individuals, but they are grayish to white with brown veins and some white, orange, and brown cells. The underside is a combination of white, brown, yellow, and gray areas; the valve is yellow and the plates are tan with an oblique brown bar. The female pregenital sternite (sternite number 7) is yellowish except for the dark brown or black posterior medial patch; there is no notch in this sternite, with the margins relatively straight. Adult males are 5.0-5.3 mm long, while females are 5.2-5.7 mm. (Barnett 1976)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern North America (BG)
Abundance: Uncommon, recorded from several counties in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, but probably more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been recorded from mixed to open hardwood forest habitat and maritime shrub; probably found in areas where Red Cedar is present.
Plant Associates: Various junipers, especially Juniperus virginiana (Red Cedar). Has also been taken from tall grass and pine (BG).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment:
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Scaphoideus opalinus 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
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Three Individuals , 15-18 Jul. All Attracted to Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Three Individuals , 15-18 Jul. All Attracted to Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Three Individuals , 15-18 Jul. All Attracted to Light
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: 5-6 mm long,
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimen; female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: female; 5.2 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: female; 5.2 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: female; tentative ID
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: female; tentative ID
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Carteret Co.
Comment: maritime shrub; collected by Bo Sullivan
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Carteret Co.
Comment: maritime shrub; collected by Bo Sullivan
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Carteret Co.
Comment: maritime shrub; collected by Bo Sullivan
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Carteret Co.
Comment: maritime shrub; collected by Bo Sullivan
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Carteret Co.
Comment: maritime shrub; collected by Bo Sullivan
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 4.9 mm
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 4.9 mm
Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: wooded residential
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: wooded residential
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: wooded residential
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: A dark individual of this species. Came to UV light in back yard.