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Ossiannilssonola tunicarubra - No Common Name

© Paul Scharf- note extent of red on wings

© Paul Scharf
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Typhlocybinae
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Description: An unmistakable species with the basal 2/3 of the wings bright red, contrasting with a yellowish thorax, head, and legs; the wing tips are pale with a yellowish tint. The dorsum of the abdomen is black with the outer margin of the segments yellow; the underside of the body is yellow. Adults are 3.5-4.0 mm long. (Christian, 1953)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Surprisingly rare but widespread in Eastern North America (BG)
Abundance: Recorded recently from Durham county in the Piedmont, possibly more abundant in the right habitat but likely uncommon to rare in the state.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: White Oak (Quercus alba) (Christian, 1953)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Unmistakeable though there are a couple species that could be confused with it: Erythridula amabilis, which has bold lines on the head and thorax, and Typhlocyba (Empoa) russeola, which has less bold reddish wings and a ring of black spots along the apical crossveins. Neither of these species have been recorded in North Carolina yet.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Ossiannilssonola tunicarubra No Common Name

Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn, C Mitchell
Durham Co.
Comment: attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn, C Mitchell
Durham Co.
Comment: attracted to UV Light