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Draeculacephala septemguttata - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view, female

© Kyle Kittelberger- note the 5 black triangles
and other marks on the thorax

© Ken Childs- note brown color

© Ken Childs- male, note shorter
head
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Cicadellinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A brownish species that has a yellowish "faded line" around the edge of the wings, along the costal margin. There is also a 'winter' form that is completely brown. This species is most similar pattern wise to D. balli and can be told apart (besides color) due to having 5 black 'triangles' rather than 4 (as in D. balli): 2 on the scutellum, 2 on the base of the head, and a smaller one farther up the head in the center. In addition, the head can show a thin black line through the center [and the center of the fifth, small triangle] as well as other black marks on the thorax. There is a black line around the sides of the body, and the face and underside are a light brown. Females have long pointed heads, while males have much shorter heads. The female pregenital sternite has a slight median projection on the posterior margin. Males are 5.3- 6.4 mm long while females are 6.3-7.8 mm (Young 1959).

For more pics of this species, see BG.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Found in the Southeastern United States, west to Texas (BG).
Abundance: Uncommon, recorded primarily in the state from the Coastal Plain with one record from the eastern Piedmont; possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy, brushy areas
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species is part of the D. balli complex.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Draeculacephala septemguttata No Common Name

Photo by: Tony DeSantis
Camden Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Washington Co.
Comment: open forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Washington Co.
Comment: open forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Washington Co.
Comment: open forest habitat
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Beaufort Co.
Comment: open, grassy habitat surrounded by pine and mixed hardwood forest