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Paraphlepsius continuus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note rounded head margin

© Kyle Kittelberger- note rounded head

© Kyle Kittelberger- note color and pattern
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A medium-sized, brownish leafhopper. This species has a rounded head margin, not sharply angled towards the face, and the head itself is rounded without a noticeable point. The wings, pronotum, and head are mostly orange to brown in color with small white dots across the body; the wings are densely reticulate. The female pregenital sternite has rounded lateral lobes and a notch in the middle of the posterior margin, causing the margin to resemble a } in shape; there is a small dark border on the sides of the projection. The male subgenital plates are long and triangular. Adult males are 5.5-6.2 mm long, while females are 5.6-7.1 mm. (Hamilton 1975)

For diagrams of this species, see: Dmitriev.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern North America, particularly the Southeast and southern Great Plains, north in southern Canada and south to southern Mexico; also recorded from Cuba and Jamaica. (RGPP)
Abundance: Somewhat common, recorded across the Piedmont and Coastal Plain; likely more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in grassy areas, as well as in or near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Sedges (BG)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: NOTE: This species closely resembles P. fuscipennis and is a member of the "continuus group." However, P. fuscipennis is found only in saltwater marsh habitat along the coast and in most instances individuals that resemble the "continuus group" can be assumed to be P. continuus. Additionally, fuscipennis has a slightly produced head, whereas continuus has a completely evenly rounded head. In coastal areas, it would be good to obtain underside pictures of the genitalic features, as well as length measurements.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Paraphlepsius continuus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: grassy, fieldy habitat near two small ponds
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: grassy, fieldy habitat near two small ponds
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Vance Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest, open forest, grassy patches
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Vance Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest, open forest, grassy patches
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Vance Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest, open forest, grassy patches
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted To Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted To Black Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Washington Co.
Comment: open forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Washington Co.
Comment: open forest habitat; with P. apicata
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Stanly Co.
Comment: attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Stanly Co.
Comment: attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Carteret Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Carteret Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Carteret Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
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