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Paraulacizes irrorata - Speckled Sharpshooter



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- teneral adult side view

© Paul Scharf- nymph; note hairy face and body

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Cicadellinae
Identification
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Description: Unmistakeable, this is the only speckled sharpshooter in the state. Adults are fairly large, 12mm in length, and usually have a mostly dark blue to black body with many yellowish to white spots/speckles. On each side of the body is a yellow "band" which widens into a white band around the sides of the head. Lastly, the front of the face has a slight pinkish tint on the white. Some adults, tenerals, can have a different coloration pattern; they are much lighter with brownish wings and a greenish head, and the eyes have a red line on the side. Nymphs are small and green with a very hairy body (distinct for this species), especially the face, and short hind legs. BG
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: A widespread species found from southeastern Ontario, throughout the eastern United States, to Texas and into Mexico. BG
Abundance: This species has been recorded across the state and while it seems uncommon, this might be due to a lack of collecting/searching.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: This species occurs in a variety of habitats, including grassy/brushy areas, forest edge, and mixed hardwood forest habitat.
Plant Associates: Asteraceae: Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle), Cirsium sp., Conyza canadensis (horseweed), Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce), Silphium integrifolium (wholeleaf rosinweed); Poaceae: Elymus virginicus (Virginia wild rye), Sorghum sp. (cultivated sorghum) (BG). Also found on Rhus copallina, Rhus glabra, Solidago, Robinia pseudoacacia, Phytolacca, Pinus, and Rubus (DL).
Behavior: This species overwinters as adults in leaf-litter surrounding shrubs and trees. It moves from open, grassy areas to the forest in the fall and then back during the spring to lay eggs; in the fall large migrations of this species to the forest can occur. (1)

Can also be attracted with a light.

Comment: Eggs from this species can be parasitized by a mymarid wasp, Gonatocerus fasciatus. BG
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Paraulacizes irrorata Speckled Sharpshooter

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught while sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: tall grassy habitat; a teneral individual
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: tall grassy habitat; a teneral individual
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: tall grassy habitat; a teneral individual
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Nymph, caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Nymph, caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: NYMPH, Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Moore Co.
Comment: sandhills (pine forest) habitat with lots of shrubby vegetation; late stage nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Moore Co.
Comment: sandhills (pine forest) habitat with lots of shrubby vegetation; late stage nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Moore Co.
Comment: sandhills (pine forest) habitat with lots of shrubby vegetation; nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Moore Co.
Comment: sandhills (pine forest) habitat with lots of shrubby vegetation; nymph
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Camden Co.
Comment: DISW
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Camden Co.
Comment: DISW - Boardwalk. On Great Mullein
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Rowan Co.
Comment: Nymph. Caught sweeping
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Greenway - weedy edge of woods.
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Amanda Auxier
Pender Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv light
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Wake Co.
Comment: unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Wake Co.
Comment: unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: UV light
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: UV light