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Saccharosydne saccharivora - West Indian Canefly



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- frontal view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view
Taxonomy
Family: DELPHACIDAESubfamily: DelphacinaeSynonym: West Indian Cane Fulgorid
Identification
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Description: A distinctive green species with orange eyes and black lines on the front of yellowish antennal segments. The head is narrow with respect to the thorax and projects forward past the eyes; likewise, the frons is also narrow. (UDEL)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States; also throughout the Caribbean and Panama, Venezuela, and Columbia, plus Hawaii (UDEL)
Abundance: A locally common species where found, primarily in the eastern Piedmont and Coastal Plain.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy, brushy areas
Plant Associates: Andropogon bicornis, Andropogon glomeratus (bushy bluestem), Saccharum officinarum (Sugarcane); Sorghum sudanense (Sudangrass) (UDEL)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Bartlett notes that this species has long been known as a pest on sugarcane. It is certain that the current distribution of this species has much to do with the current and historic cultivation of sugarcane. Recently, it was reported that sugarcane yellow leaf phytoplasma was vectored by S. saccharivora. This is a highly unusual finding as it represents the first delphacid phytoplama vector (all other delphacids are virus vectors). (UDEL)
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Saccharosydne saccharivora West Indian Canefly

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, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: grassy/brushy/pine habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: grassy/brushy/pine habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: grassy/brushy/pine habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: grassy/brushy/pine habitat
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Field with grass/weeds near hardwoods.