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Driotura gammaroides - No Common Name



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Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: DeltocephalinaeTribe: Chiasmini
Taxonomic Author: (Van Duzee, 1894)
Identification
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Description: A species with a robust, short head and a shining black coloration. Adults are brachypterous, meaning they have short wings. The pronotum and abdomen are also short (abdomen is inflated in females), with the pronotum being three times as wide as long. Rarely does this species have macropterous, long-winged adults. The eyes are black with silver-speckles, and the legs are orange with dark feet. The female pregenital sternite is broadly and convexly rounded. The male subgenital plates have the outer margins convexly rounded to bluntly-tipped apices. Adults are 3 to 4 mm long. (Lawson, 1920), (DeLong, 1948)

There is a uniformly reddish-brown form with the last segment of the abdomen and ovipositor dark, and the eyes and ocelli dark too. This form is known as D. gammaroidea var. fulva and primarily occurs in the western and central U.S. (Lawson, 1920) It is known from Tennessee though and could therefore turn up in North Carolina (3i).

Another form, D. gammaroidea var. flava, has been collected in North Carolina. This form has a black vertex, pronotum and basal section of the abdomen, but the wings and final two or three segments of the abdomen are yellow (DeLong, 1948).

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: An uncommon species found widely across much of North America (3i).
Abundance: Infrequently encountered, rare- recorded from a couple counties in the Piedmont; possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Recorded in field/forest edge habitat.
Plant Associates: Grindelia ssp. (Lawson, 1920)
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Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Driotura gammaroides No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/forest edge habitat. The first image shows a color variety
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/forest edge habitat. The first image shows a color variety
Photo by: Paul Scharf, Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Vance Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/forest edge habitat. The first image shows a color variety
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/forest edge habitat. The first image shows a color variety
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/forest edge habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/forest edge habitat