Hoppers of North Carolina:
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Aphrodes bicinctus - Girdled Leafhopper



© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- note pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- male; variation

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph; note small black
spots on body
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Aphrodinae
Identification
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Description: A greenish to brownish species with a sharp-edged, rounded head that extends noticeably outwards. There is variation in color and pattern among individuals, with the amount of brown mottling varying. Much of the pronotum appears as a pale green transverse band, and there is a less distinct pale band across the crown of the head. Adult males are 4.5-7.3 mm long, while females are 6.0-8.0 mm (Hamilton 1975). Nymphs are completely green and show the characteristic sharp-edged head of the adults. Nymphs are speckled with small black spots. For more images of this species, see: BG.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Native to the Palearctic where it is widespread; adventive in North America and now becoming widespread throughout parts of Canada and the United States on both sides of the continent, though primarily the Northeast. It ranges as far southwards as the Appalachians. (BG)
Abundance: Locally common to rare; recorded from several counties recently. Likely a recent arrival into the state since it is an introduced species.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy, brushy habitat.
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Comment: First recorded in North America in Maine of 1905, though possibly recorded as early as 1884 under an incorrect name. (Hamilton 1975)
Status: Introduced

Species Photo Gallery for Aphrodes bicinctus Girdled Leafhopper

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: 6 mm; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: 6 mm; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: 6 mm; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: adult and nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: adult and nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: nymph; likely this species since confirmed adults in the area
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B. Bockhahn
Yancey Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping