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Scaphoideus ochraceus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view; note color

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view;
note thoracic and head pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A distinctively orange colored species. The crown is cream colored with a thin brown anterior marginal line and a somewhat broad orange sinuous (wavy) band in front of the eyes; the rest of the head is cream colored. The face is yellow, sometimes with brown lines below the crown margin. The pronotum is orange with a central pale, cream-colored cruciate mark spanning from one pronotal margin to the the other. The scutellum is a mixture of orange a yellow/cream, with two bold orange spots in the anterior half. The wings are orange, sometimes yellowish, with some white spots; the wing venation is brown, dark near the wing tips. The legs are yellowish with some black spots. The underside of the body is mostly pale, a yellowish-brown with some dark brown spots. The male genital valve and plates are yellow, while the female pregenital sternite (sternite #7) is tan with a posterior dark brown medial spot; the posterior margin of the sternite are relatively straight, and there is no posterior notch. Adult males are 5.1-6.4 mm long, while females are 6.0-6.7 mm. (Barnett 1976) Nymphs are a pale orange overall, with several dark markings such as a dark spot on each side of the tip of the abdomen.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern United States and Canada
Abundance: Uncommon, recorded from several counties in the Piedmont and mountains, probably more abundant in the state in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest habitat; also open woods and grassy areas.
Plant Associates: Quercus, Andropogan furcatus, etc. (Barnett 1976)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: One of only several orange members of this genus.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Scaphoideus ochraceus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; note female pregenital sternite here
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
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: tiny little leafhopper, hard to get good photos when so small.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimen; female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimen; female
Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
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