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Mesamia nigridorsum - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A milky white species marked with black. The vertex margin is white and there is a black line between the eyes. The pronotum is blackish, while the scutellum ranges from orange to black among individuals. The wings are mostly white except for a broad dark brown to black saddle in the middle; the wings are darker in males, and wing venation is dark. The underside of the abdomen is dark. The female pregenital sternite is broadly and angularly excavated with a short median tooth. Male genital plates are narrowed slightly and concavely to acute apexes. Adults are 4.0-5.0 mm long. (DeLong 1948) Nymphs are dark, speckled with white. For more images of this species, see: 1, 2.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central United States, west to the Rocky Mountains (DeLong 1948)
Abundance: Somewhat rare, several historical records from the mountains and Piedmont; possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy areas, fields, prairie-like habitats
Plant Associates: Helianthus sp. (DeLong 1948)
Behavior:
Comment: This species can produce black spots on plants it feedes on through its puncturing of plant tissue. (DeLong 1948)
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Mesamia nigridorsum No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: NCSU specimen