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Cedusa edentula - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- frons view

© Kyle Kittelberger- underside view, male
Taxonomy
Family: DERBIDAE
Identification
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Description: Bluish-red overall. The head, thorax, and legs are reddish-orange, and much of the wings have a reddish tinge; the tips of the wings have a bluish tinge to them. The abdomen is a bright red. The male phallus (reproductive claspers) are narrow and very close together, distinctive from other members of this genus; note their shape in the image above.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States (UDEL)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found along forest edge, near mixed hardwood forest and pine forest.
Plant Associates: Derbidae are known or assumed to feed on fungal hyphae as immatures (UDEL). Adults have been found on pine and beech.
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: A majority of Cedusa look very similar externally, appearing bluish overall. The only way to make a positive ID for many of the species at this point is to examine the genitalia of the males. Therefore, a male specimen is necessary for many species' identifications. Detailed, clear photographs of the male underside showing the genitalia can also be helpful, and perhaps the hope is that after observing enough specimens of a particular species, there may be slight external features that can be associated with an ID. C. edentula may be one example of a Cedusa that can be told apart by external features.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Cedusa edentula No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: forest edge, found on pine
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: forest edge, found on pine
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: forest edge, found on pine
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: forest edge, found on pine