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Forcipata nr. loca - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note shape of head

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- note yellow color
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Typhlocybinae
Identification
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Description: Yellowish overall, with a yellow to yellow-orange head, thorax, and the basal two thirds of the wings; the tips are hyaline. Wing venation is yellow. The head noticeably projects forward. Males has forcep-like subgenital plates that are black-tipped, sometimes visible through the semi-transparent wings. The female pregenital sternite has a central produced lobe that is narrow, with notches between the central and lateral lobes broad and U-shaped. Adults are around 4 mm long. [Description for F. loca] (DeLong & Caldwell, 1936), (BG)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central North America
Abundance: Scattered records across the state, from the mountains and Piedmont where it can be locally common; likely abundant throughout the state.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Sedges and grasses: Carex vesicaria for F. loca (per 3I), Carex leptalea for F. acclina (per 3I)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Forcipata refers to the male genitalia, which ends in forceps-like claspers. (BG)

F. loca is the most common and widespread member of this genus in North America. However, there are two other members of this genus that have been recorded from North Carolina: F. acclina, from somewhere in the mountains near the TN border, and F. ohioensis. Forcipata can be a challenging genus to identify, as the species all more or less resemble one another externally, differing in male and female genitalia (more so in male). Collection records on this page are for F. loca, while photographic and sight-based records can only be attributed to 'nr. loca.' They are almost certainly loca, but one cannot be certain without a specimen analyzed. Below are the descriptions from DeLong & Caldwell, 1936 for the other two species, which can be compared with the desciption for F. loca above. Hamilton, 1998 has a more detailed key to differences in the subgenital plates.

acclina- Adults 3.2 mm long. Yellowish, the apex of the vertex is tinted with orange; the pronotum and scutellum are yellowish. The wing venation is yellow. The vertex is strongly produced. The female pregenital sternite is short and broad, with a broadly rounded central lobe; the lateral lobes are barely produced post the notches. The male subgenital plates are abruptly bent midway and curve inward.

ohioensis- Adults are around 3 mm long. A narrow species, the vertex, pronotum, and scutellum are yellowish. The wings are a dull greenish color, with yellow veins. The female pregenital sternite has a central produced lobe that is narrow, rounded at the apex. Lateral lobes are two-thirds the length of the central lobe. The male subgenital plates are broad at the base, strongly curving inwards at the apices which are blunt.

Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Forcipata nr. loca No Common Name

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: near mixed hardwood forest habitat; ID confirmed by C. Dietrich via specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: near mixed hardwood forest habitat; ID confirmed by C. Dietrich via specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
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Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 3.6 mm
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 3.6 mm
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
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