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Gypona melanota - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- male; note
color

© Paul Scharf- male

© John Rosenfeld- female; note simplistic wing
venation

© John Rosenfeld- female; note shape
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: IassinaeTribe: GyponiniSubgenus: Obtusana
Taxonomic Author: (Spångberg, 1878)
Identification
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Description: A sexually dimorphic species in size and color that lacks the numerous wing crossveins found in the similar genus Gyponana (BG); instead, the wing venation is noticeably very simple. Males have a concolorous dark, blackish head, pronotum, and wings, with a pale green underside. The amount of black on the body can vary and, in extreme cases, the male can be colored like the female (AESA). Females are a pale green color with translucent wings and a bluish-green to green thorax and head. Females sometimes have a pair of small black dots on the sides of the pronotum and another pair on the wing hinges (wing bases) (AESA). The female pregenital sternite is broadly excavated on the posterior margin. Adult males are around 9.0 mm long while females are around 11.5 mm (DeLong 1948)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central North America, as far west as Colorado and Idaho (DeLong 1948)
Abundance: Several records from the mountains and Piedmont, uncommon to rare; likely more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in brushy, shrubby field-type habitat; also open woodland.
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Behavior: Never found in trees or shrub-covered areas (AESA).
Comment: This species is so heavy bodied that it does not fly readily (AESA).
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Gypona melanota No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Alleghany Co.
Comment: Spotted on leafy plant in tall grass
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Alleghany Co.
Comment: grassy, shrubby, field-type habitat; a dark male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Alleghany Co.
Comment: Spotted on leafy plant in tall grass