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Scaphoideus obtusus - No Common Name



© Bo Sullivan- note wing color, bands

© Bo Sullivan- note thorax pattern
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A very distinctive member of this genus, with intense grayish-white and dark brown coloration. The crown is whitish with a thin, dark-brown marginal line, a transverse orange band between the eyes with a darker diamond shape in the middle, sometimes extending towards the pronotum. The eyes are dark brown to blackish, the face is brown to blackish (this varies among individuals) with one to three darker brown lines below the crown; the areas below the eyes on the side of the head are blackish. The pronotum is dark brown with a medial whitish-gray cruciate pattern; the posterior margin can be pale. The scutellum posterior half is yellowish-white with black marks on the lateral margins; the anterior half has a dark brown trapezoid-like shape in the middle and an orange-brown square on either side. The wings have a grayish-white base color with brown to blackish venation. There is a blackish diagonal band at the base of each wing and a broad dark-brown to black transverse vertical bar about 2/3 of the length of the wings; this wing pattern is distinctive and characteristic of this species. The wing tips have a smoky orange tint to them. The female pregenital sternite is anteriorly yellow and posteriorly brownish-black. The male subgenital plates are trapezoid-like in shape with blunt, rounded apices. Adult males are 4.9-5.3 mm long, females are 5.3-5.9 mm. (Barnett 1976)

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Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern North America, though primarily from the Midwest and central U.S.; in the Southeast, recorded from AL, VA, and now NC. (Barnett 1976)
Abundance: Rare, recently recorded from the Appalachians, apparently a state record.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Woodland habitats
Plant Associates: Ulmus americana, Fraxinus nigra, cottonwoods (Barnett 1976)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species could maybe be confused with some individuals of S. opalinus, as both species have a similar gray coloration on the wings. Note however that opalinus lacks the characteristic dark wing bands found on S. obtusus; obtusus is also much darker on the face and underside.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Scaphoideus obtusus No Common Name

Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: 3200', female specimen photographed
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: 3200', female specimen photographed
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: 3200\', female specimen photographed
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: 3200\', female specimen photographed