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Amblysellus curtisii - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Taxonomic Author: (Fitch 1851)
Identification
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Description: A small, very distinctive looking species that is around 3.0-3.5 mm in length. Adults are unmistakable, with black wing cells and yellow venation; there is also a yellow border on the bottom edge of the wing. The head is yellow with two bold, black spots between the eyes. The pronotum is bicolored, with a black transverse band along the anterior half, followed by a yellow transverse posterior band. The scutellum is yellowish. The legs are mostly yellow but have black bases, and the abdomen is blackish overall with yellow rings between each segment. Nymphs are light brown.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Found throughout eastern North America, ranging from Quebec to Georgia and as far west as Ontario, South Dakota, and Kansas (BG)
Abundance: Recorded in several counties across the state, locally common where found. Probably more abundant across the state in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy areas, especially lawns, fields, and roadsides.
Plant Associates: A generalist on "cool-season" grasses, especially non-native, planted species (such as those found in lawns) that grow best in the spring and fall (BG).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment:
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Amblysellus curtisii No Common Name

Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 3.3 mm female, sweep through grassy area at forest edge
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 3.3 mm female, sweep through grassy area at forest edge
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: 3.3 mm female, sweep through grassy area at forest edge
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping. Grassy area near hardwoods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping. Grassy area near hardwoods.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: brushy, grassy vegetation surrounded by forest; individual with red eyes
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: lawn
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: found in our lawn, amid a mixed hardwood forest habitat; very common in the grass