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Haplaxius pictifrons - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view

© Kyle Kittelberger- note facial pattern
Taxonomy
Family: CIXIIDAE
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A variable species with a key characteristic: the face has two dark-brown to black transverse bands, at the base and apex. The head and thorax are pale yellowish brown with the venter lighter than the dorsum; the pronotum is darkened behind the eyes. The wings are hyaline with yellowish-brown veins and stigma, with the stigma darker in some specimens; there may or may note be an elongate brownish patch on each wing near the claval apex. Some individuals are fairly dark in coloration while others are a paler fulvous. Adult males are 4.2-5.4 mm long, females are 5.0-6.2 mm. (Kramer, 1979)

For nice images of two pinned specimens, a dark and light individual, see: UDEL.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Widespread throughout the United States, ranging as far west as the Rocky Mountains; also found in eastern Canada and Cuba (UDEL)
Abundance: Recorded mainly from the mountains where it is uncommon; a few records from the Piedmont. Likely more abundant in the right habitat, especially the mountains.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in grassy, brushy areas near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Phalaris arundinacea (reed canarygrass, Poaceae), grasses (streamside), willow (Salix), cottonwood (UDEL)
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Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Haplaxius pictifrons No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy area on mixed forest edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy area on mixed forest edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy area on mixed forest edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy area on mixed forest edge