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Thionia elliptica - No Common Name



© Paul Scharf- tentative

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph
Taxonomy
Family: ISSIDAESubfamily: Issinae
Identification
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Description: This species varies in color from grayish to brown but is generally yellowish or greenish-tan with brown speckling. It has a characteristic vertex (top of the head) that is concave from the frontal view, with the lateral margins flared prominently, and from the dorsal view, the vertex is wider than long (BG). See here for a nice depiction of the noticeably wider than long vertex. Nymphs are light brown to black in color, heavily marked with cream spots, and have red eyes. See W & W 1987 for more information and drawings of the nymphs of T. elliptica. (BG)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central United States, north into Ontario (UDEL)
Abundance: Uncommon to rare, only one recent record from the Piedmont.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Mixed hardwood forest, where oaks are present.
Plant Associates: Quercus ilicifolia (bear oak, Fagaceae), Q. marilandica (blackjack oak) (UDEL); nymphs have also been found on red maple and Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo, black gum).
Behavior:
Comment: This species can be most similar to Thionia bullata. See that species page for info on how to identify T. bullata. Charles Bartlett notes "elliptica has a much shorter vertex (described as wider than long) and bullata is slightly longer than wide; also in frontal view elliptica has the lateral margins of the vertex keeled, whereas in frontal view bullata is essentially flat. Elliptica is also more robust than bullata." (BG)
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Thionia elliptica No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Stokes Co.
Comment: found on red maple
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Stokes Co.
Comment: found on red maple
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping