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Bothriocera cognita - No Common Name



© Paul Scharf

© Paul Scharf

© Ken Childs

© Ken Childs- side view
Taxonomy
Family: CIXIIDAE
Identification
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Description: A dark, bold species with fairly dark wings with two main black transverse bands. There are three main clear wing windows: one between the two black bands, and two to the side of the abdomen. There is a diagonal dark line that extends on the outer edge of these last two wing windows, connecting to another dark wing mark that resembles a musical quarter note. This dark 'note' and the rest of the wing pattern, especially the completely embrowned/black clavus of each wing, can help differentiate this species from the similar B. maculata. The body is blackish, and the top of the square-shaped head is typically orange though ranges from light to dark tawny. The middle portion of the dorsal surface of the head is variably darkened, the face is strongly darkened except for the lateral margins. The pronotum is variably embrowned, while the mesonotum is a reddish brown to nearly black; the tegulae are usually dark. Adult males are 4.8-5.5 mm long, females are 5.0-5.8 mm. (Kramer, 1983)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern United States (UDEL)
Abundance: Scattered records from the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, possibly more abundant in the right habitat; uncommon.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in open habitat, near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Nymphs are presumed to be root feeders. Adults have been found to associate with: Spartina (Poaceae, cordgrass), Juncus (Juncaceae, Rush), Cephalanthus occidentalis (Rubiaceae, common buttonbush), and Quercus (Fagaceae, Oak). (UDEL)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Species in this genus can be difficult to identify.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Bothriocera cognita No Common Name

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Camden Co.
Comment: DISW
Photo by: Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: sweep net
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Amanda Auxier
Pender Co.
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Photo by: Amanda Auxier
Pender Co.
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Photo by: Tony DeSantis
Camden Co.
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