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Otiocerus wolfii - No Common Name



© Tony DeSantis- note black line on vertex

© Kyle Kittelberger- note wing pattern

© Scott Bolick
Taxonomy
Family: DERBIDAETribe: Otiocerini
Taxonomic Author: (Kirby, 1821)
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A pale species with a forked, dusky mark on each of the wings that extends from the corner of the eyes along the thorax. Small dark spots cover parts of the wings. The tip of the head has a black line, followed by a broad red line leading to the top corner of each eye; for a close-up image of the characteristic head pattern, see here. Sometimes the orange antennal appendages can be quite developed and intricate, as with this individual; these well-developed appendages can produce a "mouth" along the face when viewed from the side. Adults are roughly 10.25 mm long. (UDEL)

For more images of well-marked adults, see here: 1 and 2.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States & Ontario (UDEL)
Abundance: Uncommon, recorded across the state; possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Probably mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Derbidae are known or assumed to feed on fungal hyphae as immatures. Adults have been found on Acer and Fagus. (UDEL).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light; may be found overwintering in logs. (UDEL)
Comment: This species is most similar to O. amyotii and can be differentiated by the presence of a black mark on the head.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Otiocerus wolfii No Common Name

Photo by: Scott Bolick
Guilford Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Guilford Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Guilford Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Transylvania Co.
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Photo by: Julie Tuttle
Chatham Co.
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Photo by: T. DeSantis
Durham Co.
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Photo by: Ed Corey
Transylvania Co.
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Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
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