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DELPHACIDAE Members: NC Records

Javesella opaca - No Common Name


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Taxonomy
Family: DELPHACIDAESubfamily: Delphacinae
Identification
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Description: A dark, blackish species: BOLD.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States and Quebec (UDEL)
Abundance: Recorded from a couple counties in the mountains, probably more abundant in this region but likely restricted by habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Mossy areas in rock outcrops, below shurbs and small trees (especially Chinese privet and eastern red-cedar) (Wheeler, 2003)
Plant Associates: Polytrichum commune (Polytrichaceae) (common hair-cap moss) (UDEL)
Behavior:
Comment: Wheeler (2003) notes that late instars of J. opaca overwinter in mats of common hair-cap moss and, unlike the spring and summer nymphs which are yellow or yellow-brown, are dark to fuscous in color. Numbers of this species can fluctuate in response to precipitation, which affects the condition of the moss colonies they inhabit. For more information about this species, see: Wheeler, 2003.
Status: Native