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Apache degeeri - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- face view

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- dark individual
Taxonomy
Family: DERBIDAESynonym: Otiocerus degeeri
Identification
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Description: A stunning species, ranging in color from red to pink to purple. The wing venation is reddish, and there are dark spots between the veins and also along the wing tips. The thorax is concolorous with the wings, and the abdomen and head are either red, pink, or purple (depending on the color form). The head itself is stunning, and depending on the individual, the facial features can be quite developed. The top outer edge of the head is white, giving the appearance of "eyebrows", and the lower outer edge of the head is a row of alternating black and white marks. Sometimes the appendages on the face can give the appearance of a mouth (especially a boldly marked individual like above). The legs are whitish, with reddish bases.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Transcontinental, found across both the United States, except California (which has the endemic A. californicum), and Canada; also Cuba (UDEL)
Abundance: Recorded across the state, an uncommon species; probably more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in mixed hardwood forest, possible in other habitats.
Plant Associates: Derbidae are known or assumed to feed on fungal hyphae as immatures. Adults have been associated with: Fagus (Beach, Fagaceae), Quercus (nymphs under bark) (Oak, Fagaceae), Acer (maple, Aceraceae), and Carya (Hickory, Juglandaceae). (UDEL)
Behavior: Found infrequently at lights, usually discovered during the day; sometimes found overwintering in logs (UDEL).
Comment:
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Apache degeeri No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Gates Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat and mixed hardwood, cypress forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Gates Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat and mixed hardwood, cypress forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Gates Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat and mixed hardwood, cypress forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Durham Co.
Comment: ENRI