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Texananus superbus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view; note color pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note pregenital
sternite shape

© Kyle Kittelberger- male
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A robust brownish species with a broad, narrow head. The wings are pale brown with a dark brown and black network of reticulated lines. The head, pronotum, and scutellum are a pale tan color, contrasting with the wings. There are several white spots down the back. The underside is dark brown. The female pregenital sternite is quite distinctive, with a broad rounded excavation that reaches halfway to the anterior base. The male plates are short and broad and together form a semicircular shape. Adults are 6.0 mm long. (DeLong & Hershberger 1949) For diagrams of the genitalia of this species, see: Dmitriev.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Transcontinental, found across North America especially in the southern states (DeLong & Hershberger 1949)
Abundance: Recorded from a single county in the Piedmont; rare.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Fields, grassy areas, etc.
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species could be confused with Excultanus excultus; however, that species is much darker with a bolder contrast between the dark and light areas. Additionally, the male genitalia are distinctive between these two species.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Texananus superbus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male; NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female; NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female; NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female; NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female; NCSU specimen