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CICADELLIDAE Members: NC Records

Cuerna costalis - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger

© Paul Scharf

© Paul Scharf

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Cicadellinae
Identification
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Description: A large, dark, black and red species with longitudinal stripes on forewing. There is a conspicuous white stripe running from the dark eye along the side of the abdomen and both the black head and thorax are sprinkled with orangish marks. The tip of the abdomen has a red spot and this is the only species in the genus with red on the legs (BG). Nymphs are pretty distinctive, having repeated black and yellowish-white stripes over their bodies and dark eyes. However, the nymphs do show the red-black legs (the red on the inner part of the leg) that are characteristic of the adults. Click here for more images of the adults and nymphs.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Found from the Southeastern U.S. to Mexico (BG).
Abundance: Uncommon to locally common, with scattered records across the state.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Found in fields, meadows, and other habitats with tall grass such as open forest.
Plant Associates: This species has dozens of host plants, including Rudbeckia and Monarda. Click here for a list of host plants: Host Plants.
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: There are normally two generations per year, with adults overwintering under matted grass in fields (BG).
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Cuerna costalis No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: open forest habitat near pond
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Several along with nymphs in tall uncut grass. Caught while sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Several along with nymphs in tall uncut grass. Caught while sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Nymph, with adults in uncut grass. Caught while sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Nymph, with adults in uncut grass. Caught while sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Halifax Co.
Comment: grassy, field type habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Halifax Co.
Comment: grassy, field type habitat; a nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Halifax Co.
Comment: grassy, field type habitat; a nymph
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: NYMPH, Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: brushy habitat near mixed hardwood forest; adult and nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: brushy habitat near mixed hardwood forest; adult and nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: brushy habitat near mixed hardwood forest; adult and nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: brushy habitat near mixed hardwood forest; adult and nymph
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Steve Hall
Brunswick Co.
Comment: Perched on a dead twig; roadside right-of-way