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Paraphlepsius pusillus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note squat size

© Kyle Kittelberger- note head shape

© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note pregenital
sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A brownish species with a scarcely produced crown, slightly pointed, that is sharply angled to the face. The thorax and head can be slightly paler than the wings, which are densely mottled. This species has an overall squat appearance, compared to other members of this genus that appear slender: it is robust and short. The female pregenital sternite is short, about half as long as wide, and has a small median notch on the posterior margin with some dark coloration to the sides. The male subgenital plates are triangular. Adult males are 4.5-5.2 mm long, females are 4.8-5.1 mm. (Hamilton 1975)

For diagrams of this species, see: Dmitriev.

Distribution in North Carolina
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern United States
Abundance: Recorded from a single county in the mountains and Piedmont; probably under collected and therefore 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 particular species is similar to P. geneticus.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Paraphlepsius pusillus 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