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Clastoptera achatina - Pecan Spittlebug



© Kyle Kittelberger- male, side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- male, note black band across
rear of wings

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view

© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: CLASTOPTERIDAE
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: This species has a distinctive yellow head and back with contrasting brown wings. The pronotum and scutellum are completely yellow, and the yellow continues onto the base of the wings, forming almost a yellow border between the pronotum and rest of the wings. The upper part of the face is concolorous with the head, while the lower part of the face is black. Males, which are 3.7-4.1 mm long, are characterized by having a dark brown band across the rear of the wings, most noticeable when viewed from above: see here for a male. Females, which are 4.5-5.0 mm long, lack this brown band. Like other Clastoptera, there is a small black dot at the rear lower corner of the wings. (BG)

Nymphs are bicolored, with a dark brown head and thorax and a pale yellowish body. Note, this pattern is similar to that of C. proteus, but nymphs of that species will be found on different vegetation.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Found from southern Ontario south throughout the eastern United States, west to Colorado and New Mexico. There are also records from California and Mexico (BG).
Abundance: Uncommon, recorded from scattered locations across the Piedmont and mountains, but probably more abundant across the state in the right habitat, where hickories are present.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been recorded from mixed hardwood forest and open forest habitat.
Plant Associates: Hickory and pecan trees (Carya sp.), has also been recorded Solidago, Alnus, and Gleditsia (DL).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light
Comment: This species sometimes contributes to twig dieback in the Midwest (BG).
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Clastoptera achatina Pecan Spittlebug

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Ashe Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; dark individual, maybe female?
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Harry Wilson
Wake Co.
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Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: tiny little thing.
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: on lights.
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
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Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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