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Spangbergiella quadripunctata - No Common Name



© Paul Scharf- side view; male

© Paul Scharf- top view; male

© Rob Van Epps- male

© Rob Van Epps- female
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: DeltocephalinaeTribe: Hecalini
Taxonomic Author: (Lawson, 1932)
Identification
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Description: A greenish, distinctive leafhopper with a bluish tint to the green; it has a flat, somewhat pointed head. There are bold red lines across the wings, angling outwards, as well as on the pronotum and head. The wings have reddish-brown tips, and there are four small black dots towards the rear of each wing. A bold yellow-white line can be found around the sides of the body. Females have the abdomen extending past the wing tips, while males do not; females are also not as boldly colored as the males. Adult males are 4.6-4.9 mm long, while females are around 5.3 mm. Nymphs are completely green with two parallel lines down the middle of the abdomen. The bold yellow-white line found in the adults is present in the nymphs.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Found in the Southeastern United States, with recent records north to New Jersey (BG)
Abundance: A somewhat uncommon to rare species, with scattered records across the state; probably more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in open mixed hardwood forest. Likely preset in grassy areas.
Plant Associates: Grasses (such as Muhlenbergia schreberi) (BG)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Old collection records of S. mexicana actually refer to this species. S. mexicana was initially believed to range much further into the U.S. but is now restricted to near Texas.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Spangbergiella quadripunctata No Common Name

Photo by: Erich Hofmann
Craven Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52956797
Photo by: Erich Hofmann
Craven Co.
Comment: Active in the afternoon; https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51717827
Photo by: Erich Hofmann
Craven Co.
Comment: Active in the afternoon; https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51717827
Photo by: Erich Hofmann
Craven Co.
Comment: Active in the afternoon; https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51717827
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Weedy/grassy open area. Caught sweeping. rnMale. Colorful individual.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Weedy/grassy open area. Caught sweeping. Female.
Photo by: Harry Wilson
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood and pine habitat - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B. Bockhahn
Surry Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping; female
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to light