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Ophiderma flava - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- female

© Kyle Kittelberger- female
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Identification
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Description: The female is large, with a long and robust body. Females are mostly greenish in color, with a rufous base towards the rear of the pronotum. The wings are brown at the base and fuscous at the tips. The head is much broader than long and is green, smooth, shining, and sparingly pubescent (i.e. without hairs). The eyes are large and red, and the ocelli are prominent and reddish. The pronotum is uniform green, sometimes with a reddish tinge, and is finely pubescent. The legs and undersurface of the body are yellowish. Males have a broad, bright yellow head with prominent eyes; the ocelli are brown. Otherwise the pronotum is dark, almost black in color. There is a bright yellow band on each side of the pronotum, enclosing an oblong dark area; the band becomes broader when it reaches the lower margin of the pronotum. There is an apical transverse band at the rear of the pronotum, also yellowish. The wings resemble those of the female, and the abdomen is dark brown or black, with yellow on the edges of the segments; the tip is a light brown. The legs are a yellowish-brown color. Adult males are 7 mm long, while females are 7-8 mm. (Kopp)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central North America
Abundance: Restricted to the mountains, where it is uncommon. Seasonal distribution: 1 June-31 August (CTNC)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near montane mixed hardwood forest; where oaks are present.
Plant Associates: Quercus alba, Q. rubra (CTNC)
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.

A record from Mecklenburg county seems quite far out of the range of this species and therefore has not been entered on the site.

Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Ophiderma flava No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: open area near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female, 7.3 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female, 7.3 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female, 7.3 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female, 7.3 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male