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Illinigina illinoiensis - Illinois Grape Leafhopper



© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- note dotted pattern

© Ken Childs- note coloration
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Typhlocybinae
Identification
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Description: A pale, yellowish to white species with bold, distinctive red to black dots on the body; this color pattern is characteristic of this species, which resembles nothing else in our area. The number of dots can vary slightly among individuals, but there are typically around 8 or so main dots on the wings. There are also three bold dots on the thorax and head, in a line: one dot at the apex or lower part of the scutellum, the second on the middle of the pronotum, and the third dot on the tip of the head. Another dot can be on the side of the thorax, behind the base of each wing. The dots range in color from yellowish-orange, dark red, and black. Adults are around 3 mm long.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central United States
Abundance: Scattered records across the Piedmont and Coastal Plain where it is uncommon; possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in mixed hardwood forest and open, coastal habitat.
Plant Associates: Vitis spp. (BG)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light. Typically found on the underside of grape leaves (BG).
Comment:
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Illinigina illinoiensis Illinois Grape Leafhopper

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: open, coastal habitat near some pines
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: open, coastal habitat near some pines
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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