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Phera insolita - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Cicadellinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A large, slender leafhopper with a very distinct coloration. It has a mostly dark brown to black body with a large, bold yellowish to white band on the side of the abdomen. The head is speckled with small whitish spots, and the eyes are bicolored. The legs can have red or yellow bases. The underside of the body is reddish in color. Per Bugguide, the distinguishing feature of this genus is the elongate prothorax, with the sides (propleuron) edged with a ridge under the pale band (BG). The infrequently encountered nymph is pale overall, with a light green abdomen and tan thorax and head. Many stripes and dots run across the body, and the eyes are red with white dashes on the edges.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: A species found throughout the southern U.S., from Texas to the Southeast (BG).
Abundance: Apparently an uncommon species, as it has been recorded from only a handful of counties in the mountains, Piedmont, and coastal plain. Possibly more abundant in the state in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Recorded in the state in grassy, brushy habitats such as fields and power-line cuts.
Plant Associates: Acanthus, Solanum elaeagnifolium (DL)
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Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Phera insolita No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat
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: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Weedy area near a few trees.
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: The white bumps are a mystery to me? Or could it be another species not shown?
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: sweep through low vegetation
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: sweep through low vegetation