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Chlorotettix iridescens - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- note pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- female

© Kyle Kittelberger- note shape of
pregenital sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: Greenish-brown to brown overall with a reddish tinge, adults are around 7.0 mm long. The vertex is one-third longer in the middle than near the eyes, and is twice as wide as it is long. The vertex can be yellowish, with the ocelli green and the eyes black; the face is a brownish-yellow. The wings are brownish, subhyaline and highly iridescent with both pale and dark wing venation. The female pregenital sternite is broadly and deeply excavated, with the sides concave; near the apex it is convex, forming long sharply rounded lateral angles of the sternite. Note that because of the shape and extent of the excavation in the sternite, some of the genital structures (look like rounded lobes) are visible underneath; seeing these, combined with the shape of the sternite, are characteristic of this species. Male plates are broad and rather short, convexly rounded with bluntly angled apexes. (DeLong 1948), (DeLong 1918)

For diagrams of the genitalia of this species, see: Dmitriev.

Distribution in North Carolina
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Distribution: Primarily southeastern United States
Abundance: Recorded so far from a single county in the upper Piedmont; likely under collected and therefore under reported.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy areas, forest edge, open woodlands, floodplain forest, wet areas (DeLong 1948)
Plant Associates: Grasses, cane, violets, similar plants of wet soils (DeLong 1948)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: NOTE: Chlorotettix is a notriously difficult genus to identify to species visually; a majority of the species are various shade of yellow and green, and they can only be reliably distinguished by looking at genital features. Therefore, it is very important for all Chlorotettix species other than necopinus and tergatus to obtain a picture of the underside.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Chlorotettix iridescens No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: attracted at night with a light; female, 6.9 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: attracted at night with a light; female, 6.9 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: attracted at night with a light; female, 6.9 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: attracted at night with a light; female, 6.9 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: female