Hoppers of North Carolina:
Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, Treehoppers, and Planthoppers
Scientific Name: Search Common Name:
Family (Alpha):
« »
Cicadellidae Members: NC Records

Eratoneura noncuspidis - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note red oblique marks

© Kyle Kittelberger- note pronotum & vertex line
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Typhlocybinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A pale species that is yellowish-white overall, with a dark orange to reddish color pattern. The vertex has a prominent, dark orange to red midline that appears as a longitudinal line; sometimes there are markings to the side of this line. There is a bold, thick dark orange to red line on the pronotum, directly beneath the one on the vertex; the sides of the pronotum are also reddish-orange. The scutellum is largely yellowish-white, except for a bold dot at the apex and outer margins of the lateral triangles, which are all reddish-orange. The color markings on the wings are thin and oblique; there is a pair of black dots near the tips, and the crossveins at the start of the apical cells are orange-red. The face and underside of the thorax are pale. Adults are 2.9-3.0 mm long. (3I)
Distribution in North Carolina
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Distribution: Eastern United States (3I)
Abundance: A single record from the Coastal Plain, probably more abundant in the right habitat.
Seasonal Occurrence
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest/open forest.
Plant Associates: Toxicodendron radicans, Quercus falcata (3I)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: There are several other Eratoneura species found in the eastern United States that have a similar color pattern, with a noticeable line across much of the pronotum and on the vertex. These other species that could be confused with E. noncuspidis are as follows:

- E. emquu- a dark orange species with a prominent pattern, similar to E. noncuspidis but also different. The shape of markings on the wings are different, with thicker, more block-shaped markings contrasting with the thinner, olbique markings of E. noncuspidis. The pronoutm has a bold Y-shaped mark, with an orange bar on the lateral margins. The vertex has a bold orange line, and there are often lateral branches that give this species as cross-shaped mark. This species has so far only been recorded from Gulf Coast states. For images that are likely this species, see: BG.

- E. ellisi- has a pale midline on the vertex and a distinct Y-shaped mark on the pronotum

- E. gilletei- has a prominent orange midline on the vertedx that extends down across the pronotum and onto the anterior middle of the scutellum; this gives the hopper a bold lined appearance. The orange wing markings near the wing tips are also different and appear clustered

- E. lamucata- has similarly dark red markings to E. noncuspidis, but markings extending from base on wings are more straight rather than pointed (with arrow-shaped tips). Markings on the vertex and pronotum are not as dark or extensive either. So far only found in the Midwest

- E. retusa- a slender species, with a somewhat long, pointed head. Markings are orange (rather than reddish) and a bit broader than in E. noncuspidis. Scutellum is yellowish-orange, and the mark on the pronotum is more Y-shaped than a straight line. Mostly recorded from Florida.

- E. omani- similar to E. retusa in color and pattern, though not as slender. Pronotum has a prominent Y or M-shaped mark. Not yet recorded from east of the Missisippi River valley.

Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Eratoneura noncuspidis No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf, Brian Bockhahn
Halifax Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf, Brian Bockhahn
Halifax Co.
Comment: