Hoppers of North Carolina:
Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, Treehoppers, and Planthoppers
Scientific Name: Search Common Name:
Family (Alpha):
« »
DELPHACIDAE Members: NC Records

Syndelphax alexanderi - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Paul Scharf- male

© Paul Scharf- note face color
Taxonomy
Family: DELPHACIDAESubfamily: DelphacinaeSynonym: Delphacodes alexanderi
Taxonomic Author: (Metcalf, 1923)
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: "Species of Syndelphax are usually yellow to straw-colored. Brachypters are very common and males often have contrasting dark tegmina (rarely females also)" (UDEL). In this species, the males have several of the abdominal segments brown, with the rest pale. The tip of the abdomen is also black/dark. The vertex (top of the head) has black lines, distinguishing this species from S. fulvidorsum. Additionally, the face of fulvidorsum is pale, unlike the brownish to black face of alexanderi. Females are pale. See here for a brachypterous female.
Distribution in North Carolina
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Distribution: Eastern United States (UDEL)
Abundance: Scattered records across the state, likely more abundant in the right habitat.
Seasonal Occurrence
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: In grassy or brushy habitat.
Plant Associates: Probably grasses
Behavior: Macropters (long-winged adults) can be found at lights (UDEL)
Comment: Bartlett notes that "females cannot be identified to species except by association with a male, or through a process of elimination based on a detailed understanding of the local fauna" (UDEL).
Status: Native
Global and State Rank:

Species Photo Gallery for Syndelphax alexanderi No Common Name

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/Forest edge habitat. A short-winged adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/Forest edge habitat. Possibly first for NC. A short-winged adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/Forest edge habitat. Possibly first for NC. A short-winged adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood, open forest near lake edge
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: brushy habitat near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping