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Chlorotettix lusorius - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- note male subgenital plates

© John Rosenfeld- note female pregenital sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A dark brown, rusty-colored species with contrasting pale wing venation. The crown is roundedly pointed, and there may be some small thin, transverse lines on the crown. The wings are long and greatly extend past the tip of the abdomen. The male subgenital plates are large and have thickened bases with curved, strongly diverging tips; there are scattered hairs on the sides. The female pregenital sternite is somewhat trilobate, with a prominent median projection; the sternite is colored dark brown around this median tooth. Adults are 7.0-8.0 mm long. (DeLong 1918)

For diagrams of the genitalia of this species, see: Dmitriev.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Primarily eastern and central United States, as far west as Colorado and Utah (DeLong 1918)
Abundance: Recorded from a single county in the mountains
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Woodlands
Plant Associates: ?
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: NOTE: Chlorotettix is a notriously difficult genus to identify to species visually; a majority of the species are various shade of yellow and green, and they can only be reliably distinguished by looking at genital features. Therefore, it is very important for all Chlorotettix species other than necopinus and tergatus to obtain a picture of the underside. This species is most similar to C. iridescens, as both species are brownish. However, they differ in male subgenital plates and female pregenital sternite.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Chlorotettix lusorius No Common Name

Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; male, 6.9 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; male, 6.9 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Ashe Co.
Comment: collected by Bo Sullivan; male, 6.9 mm