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Paraphlepsius fulvidorsum - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- note pointed head

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note pregenital
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Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A distinctive species with a strongly produced, pointed crown that is sharply angled to the face. The head and thorax are an unmarked, yellowish tan color that contrasts with the dark, blackish wings. The wings have dense, dark reticulations. There are several bold white marks on the border with the scutellum. The female pregenital sternite has a } shaped posterior margin, with rounded lateral lobes and a median projection that has a prominent notch; there is a blackish border around the projection. The male subgenital plates are long and triangular. Adult males are 5.4-6.7 mm long, females are 5.2-6.6 mm. (Hamilton 1975)

For diagrams of this species, see: Dmitriev.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern U.S. and Canada, where it is common in the Northeast (Hamilton 1975)
Abundance: Several records from the mountains and Piedmont, possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in mixed hardwood forest habitat.
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: NOTE: This species externally resembles P. eburneolus and P. collitus, with dark wings and a pale, tan thorax and head. However, note that fulvidorsum has a strongly produced crown that is noticeably pointed; the crowns in the other two species are more rounded and not as long. Additionally, eburneolus tends to have much darker wings than fulvidorsum while collitus tends to have paler wings.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Paraphlepsius fulvidorsum No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male; 5.7 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male; 5.7 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male; 5.7 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens