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CICADELLIDAE Members: NC Records

Pendarus auroalbus - Gold and White Leafhopper



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A distinctive looking species, one of the most boldly marked members of this genus. There are two prominent golden-brown transverse bands on otherwise white wings. The scutellum is golden-brown, with the color extending onto the base of the pronotum; the anterior margins of the pronotum are white. The crown of the head is also golden-brown in color, with some white along the edge. The crown is strongly produced, with a noticeable point; it is sharply angled towards the face. The female pregenital sternite is usually darkened and has a prominent triangular posterior projection with a small notch in the middle. Adult males are 3.7- 4.9 mm long, while females are 4.7- 5.2 mm. (Hamilton 1975)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Southeastern United States, from North Carolina to Texas along the coast (Hamilton 1975)
Abundance: Recorded from two counties in the Coastal Plain; perhaps under collected and therefore more abundant in the right habitat (Coastal Plain).
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Coastal pine forest
Plant Associates: Pinus palustris (Hamilton 1975)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment:
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Pendarus auroalbus Gold and White Leafhopper

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Beaufort Co.
Comment: open, grassy habitat surrounded by pine and mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Beaufort Co.
Comment: open, grassy habitat surrounded by pine and mixed hardwood forest