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Cyrtolobus maculifrontis - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note black front

© Kyle Kittelberger- note pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note black spot

© Kyle Kittelberger- spotless male
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Identification
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Description: Adults range in color from reddish to whitish-yellow. In fully marked individuals, there is a prominent blackish path near the front of the pronotum, sometimes reduced to a smaller black patch on each side of the eye; this black patch though is characteristic of this species. However, some individuals of this species can lack any sign of a black frontal mark on the pronotum. These paler individuals though have the characteristic streamlined look of this species, and also feature two prominent pale transverse bands on the posterior half of the pronotum; the pronotum lacks a prominent crest. The face is pale and coarsely punctured. There is also typically an apical dark spot on the wings, but this can lack in some individuals. Adults are around 6 mm long. (Kopp)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central North America, as far west as Colorado (Kopp)
Abundance: Uncommon, recorded from a handful of counties across the state. Seasonal distribution: 23 April- August (CTNC)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in brushy habitat near forest edge and near mixed hardwood forest; where oaks are present.
Plant Associates: Quercus alba, Q. falcata (CTNC); also on Q. stellata and Q. rubra (CTGSMNP)
Behavior: To listen to the male courtship call for this genus, listen here. These courtship calls are not audible to the human ear, and the calls here are produced by recording the substrate vibrations that the treehoppers use to communicate through the plants themselves. The recorded call is then amplified so that it is now audible to human ears. Research has shown that treehoppers use vibrations to attract mates, to announce the discovery of a good feeding site, or to alert a defending mother to the approach of a predator (T.IM) .
Comment: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Cyrtolobus maculifrontis No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge & forest; female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge & forest; female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge & forest; female
Photo by: B. Bockhahn
Gates Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: attracted at night with a light; female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: attracted at night with a light; female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Gates Co.
Comment: collected by B. Bockhahn; males
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Gates Co.
Comment: collected by B. Bockhahn; males
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Gates Co.
Comment: collected by B. Bockhahn; males
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Gates Co.
Comment: collected by B. Bockhahn; males
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Gates Co.
Comment: collected by B. Bockhahn; males