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Delphacodes puella - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- macropter

© Kyle Kittelberger- macropter

© Kyle Kittelberger- brachypter, male

© Kyle Kittelberger- brachypter, female
Taxonomy
Family: DELPHACIDAESubfamily: Delphacinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A dark species with a couple key characteristics: the white ring around the thorax and the black spots down the middle of the wings. However, there is variation with the white ring; some individuals can have a faint ring or not have it at all. Otherwise, the pronotum is black as is the abdomen, underside of the body, and face; the antennal segments and legs are pale. Brachypterous males resemble the coloration of macropters but have a bit of variation in body color, ranging from brown to black. Female macropters are much paler than males, being light brown overall but still showing the characteristic black spot on the wings. Note that in the brachypters for this species, the wings typically reach the tip of the abdomen. One species that could be confused with D. puella is Flavoclypeus andromedus; some macropters resemble macropters of D. puella, but note that F. andromedus has red on the base of the wings and parts of the body. Macropterous males are around 3.0 mm long while females are 3.1 mm; brachypterous males are 1.7 mm while females are around 2.0 mm. (DuBose)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Found throughout the United States and Ontario; also Bermuda, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The most common Delphacid species in the eastern United States. (UDEL)
Abundance: Very common, probably the most common Delphacid in the state.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy, brushy areas and forest edge or open forest
Plant Associates: Galinsoga parviflora (Asteraceae), Panicum capillare (witchgrass, Poaceae) (UDEL)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: The macropterous form is much more common than the brachypterous form. (DuBose)
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Delphacodes puella No Common Name

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
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Field with sweetgum edge habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Field with sweetgum edge habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Field with sweetgum edge habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Riverine edge, grassy/brushy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Riverine edge, grassy/brushy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Riverine edge, grassy/brushy habitat
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping, Short Winged Form
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping . Darker Form. IAW Bugguide The dark wing spot is distinctive.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Vance Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest, open forest, grassy patches; short and long-winged individuals, including a pale specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Vance Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest, open forest, grassy patches; short and long-winged individuals, including a pale specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Vance Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest, open forest, grassy patches; short and long-winged individuals, including a pale specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Vance Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest, open forest, grassy patches; short and long-winged individuals, including a pale specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Vance Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest, open forest, grassy patches; short and long-winged individuals, including a pale specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Vance Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest, open forest, grassy patches; short and long-winged individuals, including a pale specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy lawn
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy lawn
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy lawn
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy lawn; from CB: "probable, but there is reason to question it - namely that brachypters normally have the wings to the end of the abdomen. I don't see any other likely options"
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy lawn; from CB: "probable, but there is reason to question it - namely that brachypters normally have the wings to the end of the abdomen. I don't see any other likely options"
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy lawn; from CB: "probable, but there is reason to question it - namely that brachypters normally have the wings to the end of the abdomen. I don't see any other likely options"
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby
Photo by: Amanda Auxier
Pender Co.
Comment: Macropter.
Photo by: Amanda Auxier
Pender Co.
Comment: Macropter.
Photo by: F. Williams, S. Williams
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Camden Co.
Comment: DISW
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv light
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 3 mm
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 3 mm
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28451138 - unid_planthopper
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28970636
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28451145 - unid_planthopper
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Came to UV light. Yard near woods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Came to UV light. Yard near woods.
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31209190
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31209213
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31209213
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31319225 - unid_planthopper