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Agallia constricta - Constricted Leafhopper



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view; note long, slender
wings

© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- male
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Megophthalminae
Identification
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Description: A species with long, narrow wings. Adults are 3.5 to 4.0 mm long roughly. It differs from the similar A. quadripunctata in having slender wings, sometimes lacking the two dark spots on the pronotum (A. quadripunctata tends to have pronotal spots but they can sometimes appear faint or not present at all) and having a slightly different shaped pronotum. When viewing the underside, females show a narrow, apically truncate pregenital sternite characteristic of this species (BG). A. constricta is typically light brownish but can also appear fairly dark (typically males) with defined wing venation; while males are typically dark, they can on occasion appear quite pale. The female pregenital sternite is somewhat truncated with rounded apical margins; it extends OVER the base of the genitalia rather than stopping near the base as in quadripunctata. The male plates are long and slender (longer than wide) and are tapered in appearance; they get gradually less wide towards the apex. Nymphs are variable in color but show the 'ear tufts' characteristic of this genus: probable nymph. (DeLong 1948), (Oman 1933)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: A very common and widespread species in eastern North America, ranging into the central part of the country (BG). Not the most widespread Agallia in North America, but likely the most common.
Abundance: A common species, recorded across the state in a variety of habitats; the most common Agallia in North Carolina.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: A very widespread species, found in grassy, field-type habitat. Also common on some lawns.
Plant Associates: Festuca grass, clover, Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), Ambrosia, Helianthus, Impatiens, Medicago, Trifolium pratense, Trifolium repens, Gossypium, Cynodon, Lolium, Paspalum notatum, Sorghum halepense, Sorghum sudax, Triticum, Fragaria, Populus, Salix DL. A legume feeder.
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: In the right grassy habitat, such as lawns and fields, this species can number in the hundreds to thousands (depending on habitat size).
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Agallia constricta Constricted Leafhopper

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Long wings
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: The narrow, apically truncate female pregenital sternite characteristic of this species can be seen. Found in a field with a sweetgum edge.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: The narrow, apically truncate female pregenital sternite characteristic of this species can be seen. Found in a field with a sweetgum edge.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: The narrow, apically truncate female pregenital sternite characteristic of this species can be seen. Found in a field with a sweetgum edge.
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B. Bockhahn,C. Mitchell
Durham Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV light
Photo by: Harry Wilson
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood and pine habitat
Photo by: Harry Wilson
Wake Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy field-type habitat in old christmas tree farm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy field-type habitat in old christmas tree farm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy field-type habitat in old christmas tree farm
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Burke Co.
Comment: Attracted to light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Burke Co.
Comment: Attracted to light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Weedy area near hardwood forest edge.
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 3.7 mm
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 3.7 mm
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment: forest edge with small lawn and meadow nearby, 3.4 mm male
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment: forest edge with small lawn and meadow nearby, 3.4 mm male
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment: forest edge with small lawn and meadow nearby, 3.4 mm male
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27289618
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28333836
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28333836
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28333836
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28970635
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29030078
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29030078
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29673685
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29673687
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29673671
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29673671
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31209191
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31209191
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31209214
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31209214
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31017952
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31017952
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31319232
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31319232
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31319217
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31319217
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31209236
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31491213
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31491213
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31017957
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31017957