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Cixius coloepeum - No Common Name


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Taxonomy
Family: CIXIIDAE
Identification
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Description: Adult males are 4.8-5.7 mm long, while females are 5.0-6.0 mm. The base color of the head and thorax are tawny with the face and pronotum darkened with shades of brown to black. Coloration on the wings can be quite variable. (Kramer 1981)

Superficially resembles C. pini

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Widespread across North America, ranging from the East Coast as far west as at least the Rocky Mountains (UDEL)
Abundance: Primarily recorded from the mountains, with an old record from the Sandhills. Probably more abundant in the right habitat, especially the mountains.
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Habitats and Life History
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Plant Associates: "Nymphs of cixiids are subterranean, feeding on roots and possibly fungi. The significance of adult host records is unclear. Many cixiids are presumed to be polyphagous (as adults), most often on woody plants." Adults have been recorded from Gaylussacia (huckleberry, Ericaceae). (UDEL)
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Comment: This species superficially resembles C. pini; a species ID may not always be possible for individuals that may represent one of these two species. Charles Bartlett notes "I have tried hard to find a consistent difference between pini and coloepeum - I think there must be - but I have always dissected to be sure" (pers. comment). Cixius can be very difficult to ID.
Status: Native
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