Hoppers of North Carolina:
Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, Treehoppers, and Planthoppers
Scientific Name: Search Common Name:
Family (Alpha):
« »
MEMBRACIDAE Members: NC Records

Spissistilus festinus - Three-cornered Alfalfa Hopper



© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Mark J. Rothschild- nymph
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: SmiliinaeSynonym: Ceresa festina
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A green species with a white or red stripe along the front edges of the pronotum. This species has a curved pronotum, lacking a crest or any horns. The front of the pronotum appears 'fat', and there may be faint pale speckling on the pronotum. The wings are hyaline and the legs are green, helping differentiate this from S. lutea. Adults are 6-7 mm long (FSCA).
Distribution in North Carolina
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: A common species found throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean (FSCA).
Abundance: Common, found throughout the state. Seasonal distribution: 19 February-19 December (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Found in a variety of habitats
Plant Associates: Arachis hypogaea, Aster ericoides, Glycine max, Helianthus sp., Lespedeza sp., Medicago sativa, Phaseolus vulgaris, Sarracenia flava, Solidago sp. (CTNC)
Behavior:
Comment: This species has many host plant associations, including many cultivated legumes and grasses, though seldom does this species cause significant damage (FSCA).
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Spissistilus festinus Three-cornered Alfalfa Hopper

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: open forest habitat near pond
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat near pond edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat near pond edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat near pond edge
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: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Found in grassy field/forest edge habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Found in grassy field/forest edge habitat
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Camden Co.
Comment: DISW
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Camden Co.
Comment: DISW
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn,C Mitchell
Durham Co.
Comment: Spotted on Vegetation
Photo by: Mark J. Rothschild
Out Of State Co.
Comment: nymph
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Found on Flowering shrub, Spiraea cantoniensis
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Found on Flowering shrub, Spiraea cantoniensis
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_treehopper
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_treehopper
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Grassy open area.
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Captured using a butterfly sweep net while whacking several Groundsel bushes growing along the edge of school athletic fields.
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Captured using a butterfly sweep net while whacking several Groundsel bushes growing along the edge of school athletic fields.
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Captured using a butterfly sweep net while whacking several Groundsel bushes growing along the edge of school athletic fields.
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: posed in bright sun.
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_treehopper
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_treehopper
Photo by: Tracy Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_treehopper
Photo by: Ric Carter
Beaufort Co.
Comment: Browsing flower center
Photo by: Amber Sauder
Harnett Co.
Comment: unid_treehopper