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Stenocranus acutus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view; note sharp head

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view

© Kyle Kittelberger- underside
Taxonomy
Family: DELPHACIDAESubfamily: Stenocraninae
Taxonomic Author: (Say 1830)
Identification
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Description: A dark species with dark brown to black wings (black especially near the tips). There is a bold white midline stripe extending from the vertex, bordered with two small black lines, across the thorax and down the inner margin of the wings. The face is black with a pale midline, and the underside of the thorax and abdomen is dark; the head is noticeably and sharply pointed. Adults range in length between 4.0 and 5.0 mm, with males less than 4.5 mm long while females are less than 5.0 mm. (UDEL)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Southeastern United States (UDEL)
Abundance: Several records in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, likely more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest and edge habitat.
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Comment: This species is most likely to be confused with S. brunneus, which has similar coloration. However, the key differentiating factor is the shape of the head. In S. acutus, the head is very pointed, forming a sharp angle when viewed from the side; however, in S. brunneus the head is more rounded and lacks the sharpness. Furthermore, S. acutus is much more slender in shape.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Stenocranus acutus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood, open forest near lake edge; "nice pointed head"
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood, open forest near lake edge; "nice pointed head"
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood, open forest near lake edge; "nice pointed head"