Hoppers of North Carolina:
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Cyrtolobus flavolatus - No Common Name

© Matthew S. Wallace- male

© Tony DeSantis- male
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: Males are brownish overall, with a brownish tinge to the wings and a brown smudge at the rear of the wing. The pronotum is not overly pronounced, with a minimal crest. There is a pale yellowish band on the outer edge of the pronotum, beginning from the eyes, and a small transverse band at the rear of the pronotum. The front of the pronotum and the face can also be yellowish. Females somewhat resemble the males but are much duller overall, lacking the sharp contrast between the yellow lateral bands on the pronotum. Females are brownish overall.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: A relatively uncommon species, found in eastern and central North America
Abundance: Very uncommon to rare, several records from the Piedmont and Mountains. Seasonal distribution: 18 May-18 June (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Quercus 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 Cyrtolobus flavolatus No Common Name

Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Tony DeSantis
Durham Co.