Hoppers of North Carolina:
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CIXIIDAE Members: NC Records

Melanoliarus chuliotus - No Common Name


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Taxonomy
Family: CIXIIDAE
Identification
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Description: A small species for the genus, adult males are 3.8-4.9 mm long. The vertex and mesonotum are a medium brown to blackish color, and the mesonotal carinae vary from being concolorous to contrastingly orange. The vertex varies in length from moderatly narrow to moderately broad. The face is various shades of brown. The wings are nearly immaculate , with most specimens having only slight brown at the apical crossveins; other specimens have the membranes of the basal half of the wings moderately brown while others have the entire wings slightly dusky, in addition to the brownish apical crossveins. (Mead & Kramer, 1982)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States (UDEL)
Abundance: Has been recorded from the mountains and coastal plain.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Limited habitat information, but possibly inhabits mesic locales. (Mead & Kramer, 1982)
Plant Associates: Adults have been taken on Quercus laevis and cane (Arundinaria sp.) (Mead & Kramer, 1982)

"Nymphs of cixiids are subterranean, feeding on roots and possibly fungi. The significance of adult host records is unclear. Many cixiids are presumed to be polyphagous (as adults), most often on woody plants." (UDEL)

Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This may be the most difficult genus of planthoppers, perhaps even hoppers to identify in North Carolina. A specimen is most likely necessary for most species (except. M. humilis).
Status: Native
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