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Polyamia weedi - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger

© John Rosenfeld- note wing pattern

© John Rosenfeld- note sharp,
pointed head and pattern

© John Rosenfeld- female; note shape of
pregenital sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: Adults are yellowish-brown overall, marked with black and fuscous. The wing cells are a dark brown to black, with a white border. There are extra crossveins in the wing and lots of tiny cells (important characteristics); however, the number of extra crossveins and small cells varies among individuals. There are four black dots on the margin of the head, with the central pair triangular; there is also an irregular brown band between the anterior margins of the eyes. The pronotum is faintly and longitudinally striped with brown, with darker marks on the anterior edge, and the scutellum has a large dark brown to black triangular spot in the anterior corners and at the apex; the apex mark looks more V-shaped, and there are two small black dots between the anterior corner triangles. The underside of the abdomen is dark and the female pregenital sternite is broadly concave and has a darkened edge on the posterior margin, characteristic of this species. The male genital plates are short and broad, triangular in shape with bluntly angled apexes. Adult males are 3.0-3.1 mm long, females are 3.0-3.2 mm. (DeLong 1948)

For diagrams of this species, see: Zahniser. For additional images of this species, see: BG.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern North America
Abundance: Recorded across the state, common where found.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy, brushy, field-type areas and forest edge
Plant Associates: Grasses
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species is very similar pattern wise to P. interrupta. However, there are some differences that can help. First, the female pregenital sternites are extremely different, with interrupta having a rounded sternite and weedi having a broadly concave sternite. P. weedi also has a more complicated wing pattern, with extra crossveins and small tiny cells; these are largely not present in P. interrupta, which tends to have a more simplistic pattern. However, there may be some cases where the pattern is in the middle of the two species and an ID is not readily attainable. Additionally, interrupta tends to have a more boldly marked and contrasting pattern on the head (and darker overall); there are also slight differences in the pattern of the scutellum, with a V-shaped mark in the posterior half of weedi and a circular mark for interrupta. Having detailed, clear pictures will make an ID much easier and more likely.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Polyamia weedi No Common Name

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Fairly Common while sweeping short cut grass
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Fairly Common while sweeping short cut grass
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Found in grassy field/forest edge habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Found in grassy field/forest edge habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood, open forest near lake edge
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: male, 3 mm
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: male, 3 mm
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Weedy area near a hardwoods.
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
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
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv lights. - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping; note sharp head
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28327113
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28327113
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28376545
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28696155