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Ophiderma definita - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- female

© Kyle Kittelberger- female
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Identification
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Description: A very slender species with short hair covering the pronotum and face. It has a pale whitish to yellow face with dark punctures, and the eyes and ocelli are red. In males, much of the pronotum is black, with a white transverse band near the rear of the pronotum and a pale, curving band on each side of the pronotum. In females, the pronotum usually is not as dark as that of the male, and much of the front of the pronotum is a pale brownish to reddish color. The wings have dark venation and a dark, blackish spot at the tip. The underside is pale, and the legs are reddish brown with black bases. Adult males are 4.0 to 5.0 mm long, while females are 5.0 to 5.5 mm. (Kopp)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central North America, west to Texas (Kopp)
Abundance: Seasonal distribution: 23 April-11 September(CTNC)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Where oaks are present.
Plant Associates: Fagus grandifolia, Quercus falcata, Q. laurifolia, Q. nigra, Q. palustris, Q. phellos (CTNC); also from Q. rubra, Q. imbricaria (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: This species is most similar to O. pubescens, especially the male, and some individuals may be difficult to identify.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Ophiderma definita 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
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female