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Scaphoideus pullus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view, female

© Kyle Kittelberger- female, note pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- male, note pattern
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A rather dark Scaphoideus species with a distinctive, characteristic contrasting dorsum color. In females, the crown is whitish with a thin dark brown anterior marginal line and a very thin orange-brown band between the eyes. The eyes are typically red and can show a white longitudinal line through them. The pronotum is mostly grayish white with dark brown areas on the sides and a thin, broken orange band in the middle. The scutellum is pale with a reddish-brown triangle in the upper corners and a couple black spots near the base. The wings tend to be dark brown to black with orange and white spots and a series of bold what patches in the middle (down the back); the wing venation is dark. Males are much darker than females, with darker lateral markings on the sides of the pronotum and scutellum, a darker transverse band across the head, and [typically] darker wings that lack the large pale areas of the female. The face is dark in both sexes, blackish in color. Male genital plates and valve are dark brown. The female pregenital sternite is anteriorly yellowish-white and posteriorly dark brown or black. Adult males are 5.0-5.9 mm long, while females are 5.2-5.7 mm. (Barnett 1976)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern North America
Abundance: Recorded recently from several counties across the state; probably more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Recorded in or near mixed hardwood and open forest habitat.
Plant Associates: Ulmus americana, Hicoria, etc. (Barnett 1976)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: A specimen for Scaphoideus melanotus from the mountains may in fact be this species, as externally it closely resembles S. pullus pictures here; see here for a BOLD specimen of S. melanotus.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Scaphoideus pullus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Ashe Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Paul Scharf, Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Ashe Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Ashe Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Gates Co.
Comment: open, grassy area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Gates Co.
Comment: open, grassy area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Gates Co.
Comment: open, grassy area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; female,
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; female, 5.2 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; female, 5.2 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; 3 male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; 3 male, 4.8 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; 3 male, 4.8 mm
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv lightrnhope this ID is right.
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv lightrnhope this ID is right.
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment: female, 5.4 mm
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment: female, 5.4 mm
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment: female, 5.4 mm