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Atymna querci - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- female

© Rob Van Epps- male, color variation
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: SmiliinaeTribe: Smiliini
Taxonomic Author: (Fitch, 1851)
Identification
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Description: A sexually dimorphic species. Males are dark, a dark brown to black color with two prominent yellow marks down the center of the pronotum. Sometimes these yellow dots are connected, forming a single yellow mark. The legs, head, and front part of the thorax are also yellowish in males, and the abdomen is a dark brown. The tegmina are smoky hyaline and the underside of the thorax and abdomen are brown to black. Females are completely green, with the tegmina entirely hyaline and the underside of the body also green. Adult males are 6 mm long while females are 7 mm (Kopp 1973).

Nymphs are greenish overall.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and Central North America
Abundance: Seasonal distribution: 14 April-8 September (CTNC)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in a variety of habitats, including near mixed hardwood forest
Plant Associates: Quercus alba, Q. stellata, Vitis rotundifolia (CTNC)
Behavior: To listen to the male courtship call for this genus, listen here. These courtship calls are not audible to the human ear, and the calls here are produced by recording the substrate vibrations that the treehoppers use to communicate through the plants themselves. The recorded call is then amplified so that it is now audible to human ears. Research has shown that treehoppers use vibrations to attract mates, to announce the discovery of a good feeding site, or to alert a defending mother to the approach of a predator (T.IM).

Can be attracted at night with a light.

Comment: This species is most similar to Atymna helena, a species not yet known from North Carolina that tends to be more northern in distribution. Females of A. helena have pale scattered spots on the pronotum, a dark brown edge to the crest followed by a pale band down the edge on the front. Males of A. helena have a higher, more rounded crest, a larger pale median area on the pronotum, a thicker pale posterior transverse band, and a pale front of the pronotum. Note thought that some A. querci have a similar pattern, but to a lesser extent.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Atymna querci No Common Name

Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
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Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
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Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV light. Suburban yard near woods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV light. Suburban yard near woods.
Photo by: Vin Stanton
Buncombe Co.
Comment: semi-wooded residential neighborhood
Photo by: Vin Stanton
Buncombe Co.
Comment: semi-wooded residential neighborhood
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment: male, came to CFL, UV light combo, cove forest edge with small lawn and meadow nearby
Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
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Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
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Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6 mm, came to UV light and sheet at night
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6 mm, came to UV light and sheet at night
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6 mm, came to UV light and sheet at night
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: UV light
Photo by: B. Bockhahn, P. Scharf, L. Amos
Warren Co.
Comment: KELA
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Durham Co.
Comment: ENRI
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Male, Attracted to Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Female, attracted to Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Burke Co.
Comment: Female, Caught sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest; female
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: Paul Scharf, B. Bockham, L. Amos
Warren Co.
Comment: Male , attracted to UV & Black Lights
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Male, Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Female. Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Female. Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Female. Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn, L. Amos
Warren Co.
Comment: Female, Attracted tyo Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn, L. Amos
Warren Co.
Comment: Female, Attracted tyo Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn, L. Amos
Warren Co.
Comment: Female, Attracted tyo Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B. Bockham, L. Amos
Warren Co.
Comment: Male , attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B. Bockham, L. Amos
Warren Co.
Comment: Male , attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Brian Bockhahn
Gates Co.
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