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Flatormenis proxima - Northern Flatid Planthopper



© Kyle Kittelberger- note wing shape

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Paul Scharf- nymph showing adult coloration
Taxonomy
Family: FLATIDAESubfamily: FlatinaeSynonym: Anormenis septentrionalis
Identification
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Description: This species is often greenish in color, though color can vary slightly. The key characteristic for this species is the 90 degree angle to the rear corner of the wings, separating this from the similar Ormenoides venusta. There are two rows of broad, ordered wing (apical) cells at the rear of the wing that are noticeable, also helpful in distinguishing this species. Additionally, F. proxima lacks the orange edge to the wings that is characteristic of O. venusta. The legs are brownish, and the bottom edge of the wings is yellowish. Nymphs are typically very pale in color, but can show the greenish color typical of adults as they age. As in the adult, the head of the nymphs is broad and flat, a useful characteristic in distinguishing from the very similar nymphs of Metcalfa pruinosa.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Primarily eastern and central North America
Abundance: Common and locally abundant, this species has been primarily recorded across the state.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Found in grassy, brushy habitat, forest edge, and within mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Polyphagous: Juglans nigra (Juglandaceae, black walnut), Ostrya virginiana (Betulaceae, hophornbeam), Quercus velutina (Fagaceae, black oak), Ulmus rubra (Ulmaceae, slippery elm), Maclura pomifera (Moraceae, osage orange), Morus rubra (Moraceae, red mulberry), Rumex obtusifolius (bitter dock, Polygonaceae), Phytolacca americana (American pokeweed, Phytolaccaceae), Liriodendron tulipifera (tuliptree, Magnoliaceae), Asimina triloba (Annonaceae, pawpaw), Sassafras albidum (Lauraceae, sassafras), Liquidambar styraciflua (Hamamelidaceae, sweetgum), Platanus occidentalis (Platanaceae, American sycamore), and 30 more in Wilson & McPhearson (1981). (UDEL)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: F. proxima is known to feed on a variety of ornamental and agricultural plants, and can be slightly economically important for walnut. Flatormenis (esp. proxima) may occur in large numbers, but do little apparent damage to plants and have not been directly implicated in plant disease transmission. (UDEL)
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Flatormenis proxima Northern Flatid Planthopper

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Wake Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: open forest habitat, near mixed hardwoods; on a lawn
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: NYMPH, Caught sweeping
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_planthopper
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_planthopper
Photo by: Harry Wilson
Wake Co.
Comment:
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Durham Co.
Comment: ENRI
Photo by: Maria de Bruyn
Orange Co.
Comment: Rescued from a rain barrel; the hopper was floating in it and I thought it might be dead but it quickly recovered when I got it out
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Durham Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Salman Abdulali
Pitt Co.
Comment: Observed on a Lantana leaf.
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment: Seen sitting on vegetation along a trail. Mix of goldenrod, Joe Pye, blackberry, etc.
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Flew across my path in late afternoon.
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Flew across my path in late afternoon.
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Flew across my path in late afternoon.
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Durham Co.
Comment: ENRI
Photo by: D. Blatny / J. Nelson
Ashe Co.
Comment: NERI
Photo by: Hunter Phillips
Onslow Co.
Comment: unid_planthopper
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: UV light
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: UV light
Photo by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin
Madison Co.
Comment: