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Omolicna fulva - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: DERBIDAE
Identification
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Description: A fairly uniformly colored species, with a pinkish to fulvous body; waxy coating on the wings can give an individual a grayish appearance. The wing tips have a pink margin, and the pronotum is reddish (when not covered with the gray waxy coating). This is a somewhat large species, ranging between around 5.3 to 6.5 mm. See BOLD for an image of a specimen that is fulvousy overall. This species could be confused with Cedusa edentula, which has a similar color pattern but lacks the pink margin on the wing tips and has wider, shorter wings.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Southeastern United States; also Cuba and Panama (UDEL)
Abundance: Primarily recorded so far along the coast, where it can be quite abundant; found as far west as the eastern Piedmont.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in open, coastal pine habitats and forest edge; also found near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: ?
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Records on this page refer to grayish Omolicna that are likely O. fulva. O. mcateei, a species listed as occurring in NC, is much smaller than O. fulva, reported at 3.5-4.0 mm (therefore it is important to get a measurement of individuals in this genus that do not represent O. uhleri). A third species could potentially occur in NC: O. joi, recently described from Florida. O. joi feeds on palmetto, in particular Sabal palmetto, which ranges as far north as southeastern NC with a small patch in Hatteras. O. joi has a dark purple cast to the forewings compared to O. fulva and is 3.6-4.8 mm long. While O. fulva is the best species currently to place these fulvousy, pinkish-gray Omolicna, a species ID is not 100% certain until a specimen is collected and examined; some of these uniformly colored Omolicna could in fact be O. mcateei or even O. joi as well. For more information on O. joi and a key to the four species of Omolicna listed here, see: Halbert et al. 2014
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Omolicna fulva No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Dare Co.
Comment: open, coastal, pine habitat; "gray" form
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: open, coastal habitat near some pines; gray form
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf, Brian Bockhahn
Warren Co.
Comment: open grassy area within mixed hardwood forest habitat