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Shellenius ballii - No Common Name



© Owen McConnell- note coloration
Taxonomy
Family: DERBIDAE
Identification
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Description: A distinctly colored species with characteristic red and dark markings. The head, which is proportionately longer than in other similar Derbids, has a broad red band that extends across the entire length. This band narrows on the sides of the thorax, continuing onto the wings where it is considerably widens up and darkens toward the wing tips; the wing venation in this widened band is the same bright red color as the beginning of the band while the wing cells in between the veins are a dark blackish-brown color. The rest of the wings, thorax and head a re a pale yellow color.

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Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: An infrequently encountered species, previously unknown from North Carolina; it has been found in scattered states across eastern and central North America.
Abundance: Rare, a single record from the mountains.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats:
Plant Associates: Acer (maple), Carpinus caroliniana (American hornbeam), Sabal palmetto, Fraxinus (ash) (UDEL)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: One of two members of Shellenius that occur in North America; the other species, S. schellenbergii, could occur in North Carolina. Its coloration and pattern is more similar to that of Apache degeeri.
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Shellenius ballii No Common Name

Photo by: Owen McConnell
Graham Co.
Comment: It was stationary on the door frame