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Paraphlepsius operculatus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note color pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- note rounded head

© Kyle Kittelberger- male; note subgenital plates

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note pregenital
sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A brownish species with a head and thorax that are slightly paler than the wings, which are densely reticulated. The head is wider than the pronotum, and the crown is short and apically rounded to the face. The female pregenital sternite has a very deep V-shaped medial notch. The male subgenital plates are large and broad with hooked tips (almost resemble crab claws); very distinctive. Adult males are 6.1-7.0 mm long, females are 6.3-7.1 mm. (Hamilton 1975)

For diagrams of this species, see: Dmitriev.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern United States (Hamilton 1975)
Abundance: A single record from the mountains, probably under collected and therefore possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: NOTE: Paraphlepsius is a challenging genus to identify, with a majority of the species requiring underside views of the pregenital sternite or male subgenital plates to allow for an identification; even then, an ID may not be possible. It is important to obtain clear, detailed images of the underside; length measurements can help as well. This species in particular is very similar to P. latifrons, differing in the female pregenital sternite.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Paraphlepsius operculatus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens