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Penthimia floridana - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- male; note coloration and
pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- female

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note orange
coloration
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A somewhat dark species, with a rounded profile. This species is very similar to P. americana but can be distinguished several ways. First, males of americana are largely blackish, while males of floridana have rounded pale spots (orange colored) scattered across the wings. Additionally, the females of floridana are much more orange than the females of americana. Finally, floridana has a much longer head; it is twice as long as the width of the crown between the eyes (when viewed from the side, head noticeably juts past the eyes), whereas in americana the head is much shorter (it does not strongly jut past the eyes). (A. Hamilton pers. comments)

Nymphs are orange with characteristic head profile of the adults.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Southeastern, found primarily in Florida and Georgia
Abundance: Uncommon; recorded from several counties in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont.
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Comment: NOTE: This genus is very unique among the leafhoppers in the area, as it does not look like a typical leafhopper and instead resembles a spittlebug (in particular Clastoptera). However, note that there are spines on the sides of the legs, which spittlebugs lack.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Penthimia floridana No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens; male (dark) and female (orange)
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens; male (dark) and female (orange), and nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens; male (dark) and female (orange)
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens; male (dark) and female (orange), and nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens; male (dark) and female (orange), and nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens; male (dark) and female (orange), and nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimens; male (dark) and female (orange), and nymph