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Eutettix pictus - No Common Name



© Ken Childs- note color and pattern

© Julie Tuttle- note head pattern
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: DeltocephalinaeTribe: AthysaniniSubgenus: Eutettix
Taxonomic Author: (Van Duzee, 1892)
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: Distinctively colored, this is the most colorful member of this genus. The wings are a dark brown to shiny black color with blackish edges and a small yellow-opaque 'saddle' near the apex of the clavus on the wings. The scutellum is completely yellow, as is part of the pronotum and head. A [typically] bold black bar across the front of the pronotum is diagnostic of this species (BG); the face is also black with a broad yellow band beneath the eyes. Some individuals can be exceptionally dark. The frons of females are yellow with a dark base; in males, the frons is yellow with a dark base and fuscous to black markings on the disc. The female pregenital sternite has the posterior margin broadly and concavely excavated with a median pointed tooth. Adults males are 5.0 mm, females are 6.5 mm long. (Hepner 1942, DeLong 1948)

Nymphs have a pale body with many reddish-orange markings.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern United States and Mexico (BG)
Abundance: Scattered records across the state, probably more abundant in the right habitat, especially were oaks are present.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Mixed hardwood forest, where oaks are present; also pine-oak barrens (Chandler & Hamilton 2017).
Plant Associates: Oaks (Quercus spp.), especially scrub oak (Chandler & Hamilton 2017)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Eutettix pediculus resembles E. pictus externally in color and pattern, but the genitalia are different and this species is notably larger, with males 5.75 mm and females 7.0 mm. This species has been recorded nearby from Tennessee. (Hepner 1942)
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for General Oak-Hickory Forests

Species Photo Gallery for Eutettix pictus No Common Name

Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV light.
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Julie Tuttle
Chatham Co.
Comment: originally posted to iNaturalist
Photo by: Julie Tuttle
Chatham Co.
Comment: originally posted to iNaturalist
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv light - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv light - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Jane Wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI