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Scaphoideus nigrellus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- note pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: This is the darkest member of this genus. This species has blackish wings (the amount of black varies among individuals, but this species looks dark to the naked eye) with rufous and bluish-gray patches. The head and thorax are also a mixture of black, bluish-gray, and yellow, and there are bricklicke black spots on the pronotum, characteristic of this species (BG). The scutellum can show three square-shaped black marks, one in each corner, with a fourth, triangle-shaped black mark in the middle. The underside of the abdomen is black while the legs are pale. Nymphs are completely black except for their pale legs.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States
Abundance: Recorded recently from a few counties in the mountains and Piedmont, probably more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in brushy, grassy vegetation surrounded by forest.
Plant Associates: Native vines
Behavior: Probably can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species was recently treated as a synonym of Scaphoideus titanus (1). However, these specimens are visually distinctive, being much darker than other Scaphoideus, including titanus. Therefore, for now these will be kept as separate species on this site.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Scaphoideus nigrellus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: brushy, grassy vegetation surrounded by forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: brushy, grassy vegetation surrounded by forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: brushy, grassy vegetation surrounded by forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: brushy, grassy vegetation surrounded by forest; one nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: brushy, grassy vegetation surrounded by forest; one nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: brushy, grassy vegetation surrounded by forest; one nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; females
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; females
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; females