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Phylloscelis atra - Black Leaf-leg



© Kyle Kittelberger- black color form

© Kyle Kittelberger- black color form

© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: DICTYOPHARIDAE
Identification
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Description: A variable species with several different color forms, ranging from completely black to brownish overall to boldly marked with pale lines. The length of the wings can also vary among individuals, from more rounded to longer, more rectangular (above pics). The head is not projected, being short and stout in profile, and the legs are enlarged and long. In the black form at least the insides of the legs are speckled with small white spots. Nymphs are brownish overall with pale abdominal segments, pale speckling over the body, and several groups of pale hairs extending from tip of the abdomen.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central United States, Ontario, and Mexico (UDEL)
Abundance: Recorded recently from the western Piedmont, especially on top of Pilot Mountain; possibly more abundant in the state, especially in higher elevation areas like the mountains.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge.
Plant Associates: Rhus copallina (winged sumac, Anacardiaceae) (UDEL)
Behavior:
Comment: This species is a beetle mimic. It lives together with the leaf beetle Cryptocephalus on wild mint, and the brightly marked form is a good imitation of the beetle. (BG)
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Phylloscelis atra Black Leaf-leg

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge