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Anotia robertsonii - No Common Name



© Ken Childs- side view

© Ken Childs- note wing pattern

© Scott Bolick- pale abdomen form

© Scott Bolick- mating pair
Taxonomy
Family: DERBIDAETribe: Otiocerini
Taxonomic Author: (Fitch, 1856)
Identification
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Description: A mostly pale species with some brown markings on the wing; there is a bold, dark brown "7"-shaped mark on the wings, and several small red marks on the outer edges. Notably, wing vein CuA is forked, dividing the wing cell into small cell C5 and larger cell C4 (besides C4, C3a is also large); in some other Anotia species, the forked vein and therefore C5 are absent. The abdomen has several dark brown segments, though in some individuals the abdomen is entirely pale, and the wing markings are less bold as well. In dark individuals, the thorax has a broad brown band across the base (with a white tip), and a broad brown median line. The antennal stubs are a light brown.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Primarily eastern United States (UDEL)
Abundance: Recorded from several counties in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, a scarce species; 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 species is most similar to A. burnetii. A. burnetii has the first three segments of the abdomen with a mid-dorsal stripe, A. robertsonii typically does not. Additionally, while both species have a similar wing pattern, this is [typically] much more bold in robertsonii (see pale specimens, above).

Pale specimens of A. robertsonii could be a result of general, sexual dimorphism (though pale individuals of opposite sexes have been documented mating with one another) or could be evidence of there being 2 species that have not been properly sorted out yet. (UDEL)

Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Anotia robertsonii No Common Name

Photo by: Scott Bolick
Randolph Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Randolph Co.
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Randolph Co.
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Randolph Co.
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Forsyth Co.
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Forsyth Co.
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Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: F. Williams, S. Williams
Gates Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Randolph Co.
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Randolph Co.
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Randolph Co.
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Randolph Co.
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Randolph Co.
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Randolph Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Randolph Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Randolph Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Randolph Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Randolph Co.
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Photo by: F. Williams, S. Williams
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
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: Harry Wilson
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood and pine habitat