Hoppers of North Carolina:
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MEMBRACIDAE Members: NC Records

Cyrtolobus arcuatus - No Common Name

© Matthew S. Wallace- male

© Matthew S. Wallace- female
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
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Description: Males of this species have a pronotum arching moderately (compared to the female). Males, 5.8 mm long, are a dull red color, with black on the forward part of the pronotum. The mid-dorsal translucent pale spot is broad, and there are two more transverse pale bands across the pronotum. The forewings are hyaline with a dark tip, and the legs are yellowish red. Females are yellowish, tinged with red. The female crest/pronotum is high, rising more so than in the male. Transverse bands of the pronotum are often absent, and the pronotum is long. The eyes have a reddish tint. (Kopp)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central United States, west to Colorado (Kopp)
Abundance: Recorded several times from the Piedmont and Coastal Plain; uncommon. Seasonal distribution: 24 April-12 May (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Plant Associates: Quercus falcata, Q. phellos
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).
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for General Oak-Hickory Forests

Species Photo Gallery for Cyrtolobus arcuatus No Common Name

Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female