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Chlorotettix tergatus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view

© John Rosenfeld- note coloration

© John Rosenfeld- female; note
shape of pregenital sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: This species has a uniform dark fulvous green color, with dark green to blackish wings and a yellowish-green pronotum, scutellum, and front; the dorsal surface is black while the underside is yellow. The vertex is about twice as wide as it is long, and is slightly longer in the middle than near the eyes. The female pregenital sternite is quite long, with a broad V-shaped notch extending half way on the posterior margin toward the base; the lateral lobes are rounded. The male plates are large and broad, with the sides slightly sinuated; the apexes are broad and obtuse, not pointed like in many other species; this gives each plate a trapezoidal appearance. Adults are around 7.0 mm long. (DeLong 1948), (DeLong 1918) For diagrams of the genitalia of this species, see: Dmitriev.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Primarily Eastern North America, but does extend as far west as Washington (DeLong 1918)
Abundance: A widespread species, recorded across the Piedmont and Coastal Plain; likely more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Sedgy meadows and other grassy, brushy areas; open woodlands, forest edge
Plant Associates: Cut-rice grass (Leersia oryzoides), tall coarse grass and sedge association
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: NOTE: Chlorotettix is a notriously difficult genus to identify to species visually; a majority of the species are various shade of yellow and green, and they can only be reliably distinguished by looking at genital features. Therefore, it is very important for all Chlorotettix species other than necopinus and tergatus to obtain a picture of the underside.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Chlorotettix tergatus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: microstygium in clearing among mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: microstygium in clearing among mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Opening in woods. Attracted to black light.
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female