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Xantholobus muticus - No Common Name



© Matthew S. Wallace- brown adult

© Kyle Kittelberger- black male

© Kyle Kittelberger- black male

© Rob Van Epps- brown female
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Taxonomic Author: (Fabricius, 1777)
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: This species varies considerably in both size and color, and somewhat in the shape of the pronotal crest. Generally this species is large and robus, with the pronotum swollen behind the middle. The pronotum is brownish, though can be black as well, with pale/white transverse bands; the lateral margins of the pronotum can be pale, and two of the pale bands typically coverge posterior to the mid-dorsal spot, continuing as one pale line down the center of the pronotum to the head. The forewings are smoky hyaline, typically with brown to black bases and tips. The head is subtriangular and yellow, with brown marks. The eyes are prominent and the ocelli are distinct and brown. The undersurface of the head and thorax is black and the abdomen is yellowish; the legs are ferruginous. Adults are typically 7.0 to 8.0 mm long, with males 6.8 to 7.1 mm. (Kopp)

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Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central North America
Abundance: Recorded across the state where it is typically very uncommon. Seasonal distribution: 18 April-14 July (CTNC)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Where oak is present. Has been found in mixed hardwood forest habitat.
Plant Associates: Quercus alba, Q. laevis, Q. prinus, Q. stellata (CTNC)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
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Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Xantholobus muticus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
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Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Suburban yard near woods; female
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Suburban yard near woods; female
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Suburban yard near woods; female
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Suburban yard near woods
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Suburban yard near woods
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6.8 mm male, residential street lined with oak trees
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6.8 mm male, residential street lined with oak trees
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6.8 mm male, residential street lined with oak trees
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6.8 mm male, residential street lined with oak trees
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 6.8 mm male, residential street lined with oak trees
Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
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