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Erythridula pfrimmeri - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note black mesonotum

© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- mature individual
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: TyphlocybinaeSynonym: Arboridia pfrimmeri
Identification
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Description: This species has the blackest mesonotum of any species in this genus; in fact, the mesonotum is so dark that it shows through the pronotum, essentially resulting in a large continuous black patch on the thorax over the scutellum and pronotum. The rest of the body is a pale, whitish color with yellow or reddish-orange lines/marks; the variation in line color is age related, with sexually mature individuals having darker (red) marks. The face is pale, as is the underside of the thorax except for the mesosternum which is dark. Adults are 2.8-3.0 mm long. (Dmitriev & Dietrich, 2009)

For more images of this species, see: BG.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States; very rare across its range
Abundance: This species has been recorded from a few counties in both the Piedmont and mountains. In Wake county, this species has been found to be locally common (at a single location). Likely a rare to uncommon species in the state, possibly found elsewhere in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Ulmus alata, Acer pensylvanicum, Quercus nigra, Q. pagodafoliae, Ilex decidua (3I)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This is one of several species that have a dark scutellum, and therefore it could be confused with others. These species with a dark scutellum, in order from most to least dark, are: pfrimmeri (BG), penenoeva (BG), noeva (BG), and aspera. Pfrimmeri and penenoeva have completely dark scutellums, but in the former the scutellum is blackish whereas in the latter it tends to be a dark chestnut-brown color. Additionally, the black mesonotum is visible through the pronotum in pfrimmeri; in penenoeva, the mesonotum does not appear through as dark. Noeva has a reddish-brown scutellum that has dark lateral triangles. Aspera has a brown to dark brown scutellum.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Erythridula pfrimmeri No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest; a very rare species, and more sexually mature individual
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; a very rare species
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; a young individual due to the yellow color
Photo by: Bockhahn, Scharf
Burke Co.
Comment: LAJA - 2014 BioBlitz Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Bockhahn, Scharf
Burke Co.
Comment: LAJA - 2014 BioBlitz Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: near mixed hardwood forest