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Ossiannilssonola flavomarginata - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- red striped form (form III)

© Kyle Kittelberger- red striped form (form III)

© Kyle Kittelberger- lacking red (form IV)

© Kyle Kittelberger- color variation (form III)
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Typhlocybinae
Identification
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Description: This is a HIGHLY variable species with at least five recognized color forms. See below:

Form I: Head is light yellow; pronotum is yellow with a red triangle towards the posterior margin. The scutellum has the outer angles red, forming an inverted V. The wings wings have a red band extending from the base to the apical crossveins, along the commissural margin; there is a dark spot in each of the three apical basal cells, forming a band that is obliquely slanted towards the costal margin. The rest of the wing is yellowish, with darker tips. The abdomen has a dark brown median band dorsally, yellow ventrally; male subgenital plates are also yellow.

Form II: The head is yellowish-white; the pronotum is yellow, light brown posteriorly. The scutellum is light brown. The wings are light to dark brown without any apical spots. The abdomen has a median dark brown band dorsally, yellow ventrally; male subgenital plates are also yellow.

Form III: The head, pronotum, and scutellum are bright yellow. The wings are pale red throughout, with hyaline tips; there can be a dark brown band around the apical crossveins. The abdomen and male plates are yellow.

Form IV: The head, pronotum, and scutellum are yellow-orange. The wings are a deep orange color throughout with hyaline tips; there can be a dark band around the apical crossveins. The abdomen and male plates are yellow.

Form V: The head, pronotum, scutellum, and wings are white without any dark markings.

On top of the different forms, there is color intergradation between forms 1 and II, I and V, II and V, and sometimes III and IV. Adults are 3.25-4.0 mm long. (Christian, 1953)

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Transcontinental, found south to Colombia; recently recorded in the eastern United States, it was previously only known from the western part of the country (BG)
Abundance: Recorded from a couple counties in the mountains where it can be locally common; probably more abundant in that region.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near montane mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Quercus undulosa, Quercus sp. (BG)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment:
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Ossiannilssonola flavomarginata No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Ashe Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest