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Chlorotettix spatulatus - No Common Name

© Kyle Kittelberger- female

© Kyle Kittelberger- note shape of pregenital
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Deltocephalinae
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Description: Typically a uniform green color with some yellowish tinge, this species can vary greatly in coloration and be reddish-orange. The vertex has margins that are parallel or slightly longer in the middle than next to the eyes; the vertex is two and a half times wider than it is long. The wings are subyhaline in color typically, with indistinct venation. The posterior margin of the female pregenital sternite is broadly notched more than half way to the base; there is a spatulate process in the middle of this excavation that extends two-thirds the length of the notch. The lateral posterior margins of the sternite are triangular. The male plates are broad at the bases and acutely pointed. Adults are around 7.0 mm long. (DeLong 1948), (DeLong 1918)

Nymphs tend to be reddish in color. For diagrams of the genitalia of this species, see: Dmitriev.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central United States
Abundance: Only recorded from Wake county in the Piedmont; likely under collected and therefore under reported.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Moist grassy areas, meadows, marshes (DeLong 1948)
Plant Associates:
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
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Species Photo Gallery for Chlorotettix spatulatus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female; NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female; NCSU specimen