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Draeculacephala balli - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view; note the black
triangles

© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Cicadellinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A small, short green sharpshooter with two small black triangles on its head and two small black triangles at the base of the wings, on the scutellum; these black triangles are characteristic of this species
(BG). The underside and legs are brownish, with the face ranging towards a darkish brown color. Adult males are 4.8- 5.5 mm long, while females are 6.0- 6.7 mm (Young 1959).
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Found throughout the southeastern U.S., primarily in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain; also found as far west as Oklahoma (BG).
Abundance: Locally common, recorded across the state with a majority of records from the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, though probably abundant throughout the state in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy, field-type habitat; has also been found on lawns.
Plant Associates: Festuca lawn grass, clover, native grasses, etc.
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species is most easily confused with D. zeae. D. zeae lacks the small black triangles on the head.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Draeculacephala balli No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Field habitat with a sweetgum edge
Photo by: Brian Bockhahn
Guilford Co.
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Photo by: Brian Bockhahn
Stokes Co.
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Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 5.7 mm, forest and beaver dam edge
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 5.7 mm, forest and beaver dam edge
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32660700
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32660700
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32660700