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Ribautiana unidentified species - No Common Name

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Ken Childs- note black spots on costal margin

© Ken Childs
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Typhlocybinae
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Description: Yellowish overall, with a pale yellowish-white head, pronotum, and scutellum (which might have darker lateral triangles). The wings are largely yellow from the base to the apical crossveins. There is a row of dark brown to black smudgy marks in the apices of the inner basal cells, anterior to the crossveins; these marks form a dotted crossband that obliquely angles towards the costal margin (following the apices of the cells). There are a couple spots midway along the inner margin of the third apical cell (the uppermost one). There is also a spot along the costal margin, at the base of the crossvein between the bottom two apical cells; this extra dot along the costal margin is characteristic of Ribautiana and helps separate this species from similar species in Ossiannilssonola. The abdomen is yellow ventrally. Adults are around 3.25 mm long. (Christian, 1953)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central North America
Abundance: A single record from the Piedmont, probably more abundant in the right habitat.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in mixed hardwood forest.
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: There are a number of native species of Ribautiana that more or less look the same, with yellow wings and two sets of black spots at the wing tips. These native species are: foliosa, multispinosa, parapiscator, piscator, and unca (BG). These species can only reliably be identified to species level by dissecting specimens. Therefore, photographed individuals can only be placed at genus level.

Additionally, there are a couple species of Ribautiana that have been introduced in North America that might range as far south as North Carolina. These species are cruciata and tenerrima (BG). The latter species can probably be separated from the rest of these Ribautiana by its wing coloration: wings tend to be pale with broad yellow longitudinal stripes.

Status: Native
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.