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Rugosana querci - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Mark Shields- note pattern

© Ken Childs- female, note
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Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: IassinaeTribe: Gyponini
Taxonomic Author: (DeLong, 1942)
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A distinctive looking greenish leafhopper that is about 9-10 mm long. The heavily patterned wings with dense reticulations are characteristic of Rugosana, helping separate this species from eastern Gyponana. The green elytra (forewings), pronotum, and vertex (top of the head) are roughened with whitish mottling, and the vertex itself has a rounded margin, almost twice as wide as long. The pronotum has a conspicuous small black dot on each side, and there is a small black dot at the base of each forewing, near the pronotum. The eyes are also typically red, but can be pale green. The female pregenital sternite is almost truncate on the posterior margin, with a median block-shaped excavation about one-half the distance to the base (though this length can vary). Adult males are 9 mm long, females are 10 mm. (DeLong 1948, Freytag 1964)

Nymphs are distinctive, having a hairy, green body with mottling like the adults (these two characteristics can help separate this nymph from other Gyponini nymphs). (BG)

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern North America
Abundance: A somewhat uncommon species, recorded across the state from mountains to coast; when found, usually occurs in low densities.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been in mixed hardwood forest and forest edge habitat, as well as open woodlands.
Plant Associates: Oak (Quercus spp.)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This is reportedly the only Gyponini species in the east that feeds on oaks (BG).
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for General Oak-Hickory Forests

Species Photo Gallery for Rugosana querci No Common Name

Photo by: R. Newman
Carteret Co.
Comment: FOMA
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Scotland Co.
Comment: male; figures of style and penis included
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Scotland Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Scotland Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Stuck on a tree band on oak along a major road at the margin of forested area. 10 mm female
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Stuck on a tree band on oak along a major road at the margin of forested area. 10 mm female
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: female, 8.9 mm; photographed by K. Kittelberger
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: female, 8.9 mm; photographed by K. Kittelberger
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: female, 8.9 mm; photographed by K. Kittelberger
Photo by: Erich Hofmann
New Hanover Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62081358
Photo by: Erich Hofmann
New Hanover Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62081358
Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: collected from spider web
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: collected from spider web
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: UV lights
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: UV lights
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Ashe Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat