Hoppers of North Carolina:
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MEMBRACIDAE Members: NC Records

Microcentrus perditus - No Common Name

© Matthew S. Wallace- female

© Paul Scharf- top view
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Stegaspidinae
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: This species ranges in color from light brown to dark grayish-brown. The key characteristic for this species are the horns/projections present on the thorax, separating this from the projection-less M. caryae. Females have extremely pronounced horns that noticeably project from the pronotum. Males also have horns, but these are much smaller, being slight pronotal projections. Males are 7 to 8 mm long, while females are 8.5 mm (FSCA).
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern, central, and southwestern United States; Eastern and central Canada; and northern Mexico (FSCA)
Abundance: Uncommon to rare, scattered records across the state. Seasonal distribution: 20 May-20 October (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Carya illinoinensis (CTNC); has also been recorded from Quercus laurifolia, Q. nigra, and Q. virginiana (FSCA), and Q. alba (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 Microcentrus perditus No Common Name

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 Light
Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: B. Bockhahn
Stokes Co.