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Erythroneura elegans - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- note coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger- a more colorful individual

© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Typhlocybinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A somewhat distinctive species with a yellow or white dorsum and a red to dark grayish brown overlaying color pattern. There are two large white spots on the back along the fissure of the wings (one circular near the scutellum, the other clover-shaped near the wing tips), and white block-shaped patches on the costal margins of each wing; these white spots give this species a distinctive color pattern. The mesonotum is dark, with two dark red lateral triangles in each upper corner. The pronotum is dark, sometimes a bluish or greenish color, with a red bar on each margin and a red Y-shaped mark in the middle. The head has orange parallel lines that extended from the thoracic red Y; in darker, more colored individuals, the markings on the mesonotum, thorax, and head may not be as well defined and may blend together. There is a dark mark on the costal margins of the wing, and four black spots near the rear of the wing (if the wing is closed, only "3" spots may be visible; 2 of the spots are on the wing tip); the rear of the wing itself is dark. Note that there is a diagonal line extending upwards from the costal margin to the dark tips on each wing. Length is 2.7-2.9 mm. (Dmitriev & Dietrich, 2007)

For more images of this species that includes some variation in color and pattern, see: BG.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Found throughout North America, with a concentration of records in eastern and central United States and southern Canada (3I)
Abundance: Recorded recently from several counties across the state, where it can be locally common in the Piedmont; likely more abundant throughout the state in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in mixed hardwood and open pine forest habitats.
Plant Associates: Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia); also Vitis spp. (Grape) (3I)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment:
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Erythroneura elegans No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
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: 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: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Durham Co.
Comment: ENRI
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Came to UV light.