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Texananus caducus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view, female

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note pregenital
sternite shape

© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- male
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A large brownish species, with adult males around 8.0 mm long and females 9.0-9.5 mm long. The entire body and wings have a dense reticulated mesh-like dark brown pattern, extending onto the face. The vertex has a bold white tip, in front of a broken dark brown band between the eyes. The female pregenital sternite has a broad V-shaped medial notch, extending about a third to halfway towards the anterior margin; the posterior sides of the notch end in a slightly produced sharp tooth, with the posterior margin of the sternite cocavely rounded towards the lateral sides. The pregenital sternite is mostly a light brown to tan color, with somewhat broad black coloration around the notch and along the midline, becoming narrower in size and extent the closer to the anterior margin. The male subgenital plates are somewhat close to one another, with a noticeable gap between them; together, they are triangular in shape but curve outwards near the base. For diagrams of this species, see: Dmitriev.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Primarily Southeastern United States, as far west as Kansas. This species was previously recorded as far east as Georgia, so North Carolina is a new known range expansion for this species.
Abundance: Recorded recently from Rockingham county in the Piedmont, possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest; woodlands
Plant Associates: Herbaceous vegetation
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: The three species of Texananus in the subgenus Iowanus that have been recorded in North Carolina are: caducus, longipennis, and majestus. These three species all visually resemble one another and therefore specimens in this subgenus can only conclusively be identified to species with a very clear, unobstructed view of the underside; the female pregenital sternite is quite distinctive among these three species, the male plates less so.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Texananus caducus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond