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Sanctanus cruciatus - No Common Name



© Ken Childs- note coloration and pattern

© Ken Childs- side view

© Ken Childs- top view

© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: DeltocephalinaeTribe: DeltocephaliniSubgenus: Cruciatanus
Taxonomic Author: (Osborn, 1911)
Identification
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Description: A distinctively marked leafhopper with a broad, bluntly rounded vertex. The wings are mostly colored with large brownish patches outlined in black, on top of a white background; there is a small yellowish patch on the bottom middle of the wing. The head is mostly white while the pronotum has two large transverse brownish "bricks"; the scutellum has several small black marks. The face has two black transverse bands. The legs are bicolored with black bases and the rest pale. The male subgenital plates are broad at the base, convexly rounding to blunt apexes. The female pregenital sternite has the posterior margin concavely, roundedly produced, forming a broad median tooth. Adults are 4.5-5.25 mm long (Oman 1934), (DeLong & Hershberger 1946)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern North America, particularly coastal states (BG)
Abundance: Recorded from several counties in the Piedmont and coastal plain; probably more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in grassy areas and mixed hardwood forest edge.
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: There is a similar species, S. fasciatus, which could be found in North Carolina. It differs from cruciatus in having paler, less bold marking on the head and thorax.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Sanctanus cruciatus No Common Name

Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Beaufort Co.
Comment: open, grassy habitat surrounded by pine and mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Washington Co.
Comment: open forest habitat, at visitor center
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Washington Co.
Comment: open forest habitat, at visitor center
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Halifax Co.
Comment: grassy area and mixed hardwood forest edge
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Halifax Co.
Comment: grassy area and mixed hardwood forest edge
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light