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Paraphlepsius planus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger- note slightly produced head

© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note shape of
pregenital sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A brownish species, uniformly colored, with a short crown rounded apically that is sharply angled towards the face. The reticulated markings on the wings are blurred/smeary and do not touch the wing venation. The male subgenital plates are triangular with attenuate apexes. The female pregenital sternite is quite long with sharply pointed lateral posterior tips and an excavated inner area with a small median notch; there is a slight brown coloration around the sides of this excavation. Adult males are 6.5-7.2 mm long, females are 6.9-7.8 mm. (Hamilton 1975)

For diagrams of this species, see: Dmitriev. For additional images of specimens of this species, see: BOLD.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Swampy areas of the Southeastern United States, primarily Florida and Georgia (Hamilton 1975)
Abundance: Recorded from a single county in the Coastal Plain, possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Swampy areas
Plant Associates: Maiden cane (Panicum hemitomum) (Hamilton 1975)
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.
Status: Native
Global and State Rank: GNR [G3G4] [S3S4]

Species Photo Gallery for Paraphlepsius planus 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