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Bothriocera maculata - No Common Name

© Brian Bockhahn

© Paul Scharf

© Floyd Williams
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Description: A dark species in this genus with a central bold transverse band across the wings that is blackish. There is a network of black lined wing cells near the tip of the wings that gives this species a somewhat distinctive wing pattern. This pattern, in addition to the relatively clear base of the wings above the dark band, outside of a small black tear-shaped mark on the side of each wing, can help differentiate this species from the similar B. cognita whose wing markings are typically much more intense and darker; maculata also only has the clavus embrowned along the inner margin. The body is dark, blackish in color, contrasting with the typically fulvousy orange/tawny color of the square-shaped head. The face is also dark, and the pronotum and tegulae are embrowned or not; the mesonotum is a dark yellowish-brown to dark reddish-brown. The legs are also fulvousy orange. Adult males are 4.2-5.0 mm long, while females are 4.4-5.2 mm. (Kramer, 1983)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States, as far north as New Jersey and as far west as Texas (UDEL)
Abundance: Has been recorded recently from several counties in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in grassy habitat.
Plant Associates: Nymphs are presumed to be root feeders. Adults have been found to associate with: Spartina patens, Spartina cynosuroides (Poaceae, cordgrass), Juncus roemerianus (Juncaceae, needlegrass rush, black rush) (UDEL)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Species in this genus can be difficult to identify.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Bothriocera maculata No Common Name

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Sweep net
Photo by: F. Williams, S. Williams
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI