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Bostaera balli - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- note broad head and long
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Taxonomy
Family: DELPHACIDAESubfamily: Delphacinae
Taxonomic Author: Penner, 1952
Identification
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Description: A very distinctive genus, with the head broader than the pronotum and the antennae strongly flattened. This species is pale overall, with black lines on the front of the pale legs. The wings have a cream tint to them, with a dark spot in the middle of the inner margin and two dark streaks the flare up from the rear of the tips; the venation is white. The underside of the body ranges from brown to white. Males are 4.0 mm long while females are 4.8 mm (Penner). (UDEL)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Southeastern United States; recorded from Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. Seemingly a rare to uncommon species, as the record here is only the second time it has been recorded since 1959.
Abundance: Rare; only three records exist for the state from two counties in the eastern Piedmont and western Coastal Plain; it had not been recorded in North Carolina since 1910 before the 2016 record from Cumberland County.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in grassy habitat.
Plant Associates: ?
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species is externally almost identical to B. nasuta. The main distinguishing factor is "that B. balli has fewer teeth on the aedeagus with the proximal teeth much larger than the distal" compared to B. nasuta. However, balli is supposed to be slightly smaller than nasuta: 4.0-4.8 mm vs. 5.0-5.5 mm. Nasuta supposedly has been recorded from North Carolina [and Georgia]. However, Bartlett suggests that these eastern records of B. nasuta may be incorrect and instead represent balli. Therefore, unless a specimen is collected that proves otherwise, records of any Bostaera in North Carolina will be assumed to represent B. balli. (UDEL)
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Bostaera balli No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Cumberland Co.
Comment: female; first record in NC since 1910, first photographs of a live individual of this species, and probably second record of this species since 1959
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Cumberland Co.
Comment: female; first record in NC since 1910, first photographs of a live individual of this species, and probably second record of this species since 1959
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Cumberland Co.
Comment: female; first record in NC since 1910, first photographs of a live individual of this species, and probably second record of this species since 1959