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Anotia kirkaldyi - No Common Name



© Ken Childs- note head markings

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© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: DERBIDAETribe: Otiocerini
Taxonomic Author: (Ball, 1902)
Identification
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Description: A colorful species, with a reddish-brown color pattern on the wings and body. While the wing venation is pale, this species can typically be differentiated from others by the bold, dark diagonal stripe along one of the veins; some individuals though lack this dark streak and instead have somewhat uniformly darkened, bold embrowning around the veins. In this species, wing vein CuA is not branched, meaning that a cell C5 is absent; instead, cells C4 and C3a are large. The outer edge of the wings has red markings, and the thorax and abdomen are reddish. There are 2 (or more) red marks on the sides of the head, around the eye. The antennal stubs are reddish-brown.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Primarily eastern United States; also Ontario (UDEL); this is one of the most common members of this genus.
Abundance: Uncommon with a handful of records from the Piedmont and mountains, possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Derbidae are known or assumed to feed on fungal hyphae as immatures (UDEL).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This genus can be difficult to identify, and some species vary in color, especially on the wings. A. bonnetii, kirkaldyi, and westwoodi are very similar. A. bonnetii can be distinguished from the other two species by the presence of cell C5. Therefore, a detailed view of the wings showing venation is important for determining a species ID. Additionally, A. bonettii can be separated from kirkaldyi in having 2 fuscous markings on the head; in kirkaldyi, there are 2 red markings on the head. A. westwoodi has different head markings from these two, with a dark patch on top of the head.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Anotia kirkaldyi No Common Name

Photo by: SCOTT R BOLICK
Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: SCOTT R BOLICK
Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, open area with shrubby vegetation and mixed forest nearby
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: likes my sheet at the moth lights. - unid_planthopper
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping. Grassy, weedy area near hardwoods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping. Grassy, weedy area near hardwoods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping. Grassy, weedy area near hardwoods.
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: Led lights on white sheet
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
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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: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Harry Wilson
Wake Co.
Comment: Mixed hardwood and pine habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat