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Clastoptera octonotata - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view

© Kyle Kittelberger- note dots on head

© Mark Shields
Taxonomy
Family: CLASTOPTERIDAE
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: This colorful species has 8 brown spots, 4 on the head and 4 on the anterior border of the pronotum (BG). This species typically has a reddish body with black markings, though sometimes individuals have wings that lack much of the red color and are instead blackish. There is a bold, jagged white line across the middle of the back that forms an "M" when viewed from above. The scutellum is tan to reddish in color, and the head is whitish with a pale, concolorous face. There is also a bold, dark red line across the white pronotum. Legs are a dark red color.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Found in the Southeast, west to eastern Texas (BG).
Abundance: This species has been recorded recently from a few counties in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, though possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: This species has been recorded in the state from open, mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Muscadine grapevine - Vitis rotundifolia (BG)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species most closely resembles C. obtusa and C. arborina. Both of these species always have 2 solid dark lines across the front margin of the pronotum, not spots (BG). This species was only recently described to science in 2015.
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for General Vitaceous Tangles

Species Photo Gallery for Clastoptera octonotata No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood, open forest near lake edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood, open forest near lake edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood, open forest near lake edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood, open forest near lake edge
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: with Pecan Spittlebugs on sheet. Same size.
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: with Pecan Spittlebugs on sheet. Same size.
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv light - unid_spittlebug
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv light - unid_spittlebug
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv light - unid_spittlebug
Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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