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Agalliopsis ancistra - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note the coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger- note the coloration, small
eyespots

© John Rosenfeld- brownish individual
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Megophthalminae
Identification
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Description: Typically a greenish species, with the rear of the wings fading to a brownish tint. The face and eyes can be reddish in color, and there is a 'double-mark' on the top of the wings where the green color meets the brown. In addition, the scutellum is yellow with two small black triangles in each top corner (sometimes the scutellum is almost completely black in some individuals). Lastly, there are 8 dots on the body; 2 on the pronotum and 6 on the face (3 next to each eye). The two pronotal spots are typically smaller in size compared to those of (A. peneoculata), a helpful distinguishing characteristic. Some individuals can be brownish in color but still retain the small pronotal spots with a pronotum that is not excessively bulging. For a couple more nice images of adults, see: (1), (2). Females have a pregenital sternite that is deeply concave, with a deep U-shaped emargination from the base. Adult males are 3.5- 4.0 mm long, while females are 4.0- 4.3 mm. (Oman 1970)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Throughout North America, especially in the East
Abundance: This species has been recorded across the state, where it can be locally abundant; possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Recorded in the state from grassy, shrubby habitat and near forest edge.
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with lights.
Comment: Agalliopsis species (ancistra, novella, and peneoculata) can be challenging to differentiate from one another; therefore, it is helpful to have a picture of the underside with a view of the genitalia. Ancistra is quite similar in particular to novella but is slightly larger and paler (novella specimens can be quite dark). The pregenital sternite (sternum VII) in both ancistra and novella is also quite similar, being deeply concave; this contrasts with the truncate, not concave sternites of peneoculata. Female coloration of novella and ancistra can be similar, though ancistra females are typically marked less with fuscous and tend to be more tawny than cinereous; male ancistra usually do not show the extreme fuscous coloration found in some males of novella. (Oman 1970)
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Agalliopsis ancistra No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, shrubby habitat at the summit
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, shrubby habitat at the summit
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, shrubby habitat at the summit
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: attracted to Black Light
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, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy and brushy vegetation surrounded by forest
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B. Bockhahn
Yancey Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Harry Wilson
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood and pine habitat
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv lights