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Eratoneura paraesculi - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Typhlocybinae
Identification
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Description: A boldly marked leafhopper with a yellowish body and [typically] a red or orange color pattern on the wings. There are two red crossbands on the wings that do not reach the lateral margin: the crossband at the base of the wings looks like two triangles radiating outwards towards the margin of the wings (almost like a red bowtie), while the lower crossband resembles a wide "U". However, in some individuals these crossbands may be very faint or not present at all. There is a small black dot on the lateral margin of each wing, and two black dots near the wing tip in the middle (when the wings are close, these two dots become one). The thorax and head are both pale, concolorous with much of the wing color. Adults are 3.5-3.7 mm long. (3I)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: An uncommon species with only a handful of records from Mississippi, [mostly] Tennessee, and now North Carolina (3I)
Abundance: Recorded recently from Avery county in the mountains; specimens have been collected just across the border in Tennessee, so probably more abundant in the mountains in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in grassy, open areas near forest edge.
Plant Associates: Collected on Aesculus sp. and Carya carolinae-septentrionalis (3I)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species looks like nothing else that has been found in our region; the closest species in coloration and pattern are E. bifida, from the Mississippi River Valley area, and E. rubranotata, largely from the Ohio River Valley area.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Eratoneura paraesculi No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby