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Archasia belfragei - No Common Name

© Matthew S. Wallace

© Matthew S. Wallace

© Britta Muiznieks

© Matthew S. Wallace- nymph
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: SmiliinaeTribe: Telamonini
Taxonomic Author: (Stål, 1869)
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A distinctive green species with the dorsal crest of the pronotum rising nearly vertically above the head. The pronotum is high and strongly foliaceous, with a thin but bold brown margin; it is closely but weakly punctate and is not pubescent. The head is nearly twice as wide as long and is smooth, sparingly pubescent. The eyes are [typically] a very prominent brown. The tegmina are smoky hyaline with a dark brown smudge at the tips of the wings; the venation is brownish. The undersurface of the body is yellow-brown, the abdomen is brown and the legs are a dull yellow-brown; the tibiae are pubescent. Adults are around 9 mm long and 4.5 mm wide, and the pronotum has a height of 5 mm. (Kopp & Yonke, 1974)

Nymphs are brownish, with a short crest rising from the pronotum.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern, central, and southwestern United States and adjacent Canada (BG)
Abundance: Uncommon with scattered records across the state. Seasonal distribution: 12 May-11 September (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Quercus alba, Q. phellos (CTNC); has also been collected from Quercus falcata, Platanus occidentalis, and Robinia pseudoacacia (CTGSMNP), as well as black oak, bur oak, wild grape, plum, goldenrod, and apple (Kopp & Yonke, 1974); nymphs have also been found on Q. ilicifolia (bear or scrub oak), Q. montana (chestnut oak), and Q. stellata (post oak) (Wallace 2014). Adults have additionally been associated with Liriodendron tulipifera (tuliptree), Q. bicolor (swamp white oak), Q. coccinea (scarlet oak), Q. palustris (pin oak), Q. rubra (northern red oak), Q. virginiana (live oak), Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust), Solidago (goldenrod), Vaccinium (blueberry), Vitis riparia (riverbank grape), and Vitis vinifera (wine or wild grape) (Wallace 2014).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species may actually be most confused with Telamona extrema, as they both have similarly shaped pronotums. However, T. extrema tends to be brownish in color while A. belfragei is greenish. But there are also slight differences in the shape of the pronotum. With A. belfragei, the pronotum is either broad or moderate in width, but there is a somewhat even, gradual curve starting from the rear to the highest point of the crest itself. With T. extrema, the pronotum is always broad and there is a kink in the crest before it sharply curves upward. This kink is largely absent or heavily reduced in A. belfragei.

Additionally, the high-arched crest rising vertically from the head helps distinguish this species from Archasia auriculata, which has a more rounded crest, and from A. pallida, which has a much shorter crest that peaks more in the middle.

Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Archasia belfragei No Common Name

Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
Photo by: Steve Hall
Orange Co.
Comment: Found at moth sheet
Photo by: B. Bockhahn
Stokes Co.
Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Stanly Co.
Comment: Found dead by Bug Zapper
Photo by: Britta Muiznieks
Dare Co.
Photo by: Britta Muiznieks
Dare Co.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest edge, near the road