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Cedusa obscura - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- note male phallus
Taxonomy
Family: DERBIDAE
Taxonomic Author: (Ball, 1902)
Identification
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Description: Adults are bluish overall (dark bluish-black wings with lighter blue waxy coating, characteristic of the blue Cedusas) with dark, orangeish legs. The male phallus (reproductive claspers) has two large, broad 'plates' that almost resemble clam shells, distinctive from many of the other blue Cedusas (see image above).
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central United States and Canada, as far west as the Rocky Mountains; also Cuba and maybe Guyana (UDEL)
Abundance: Recorded from the Coastal Plain and eastern Piedmont.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in grassy, brushy habitat near forest edge.
Plant Associates: Derbidae are known or assumed to feed on fungal hyphae as immatures (UDEL).
Behavior: Probably can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: A majority of Cedusa look very similar externally, appearing bluish overall. The only way to make a positive ID for many of the species at this point is to examine the genitalia of the males. Therefore, a male specimen is necessary for many species' identifications. Detailed, clear photographs of the male underside showing the genitalia can also be helpful, and perhaps the hope is that after observing enough specimens of a particular species, there may be slight external features that can be associated with an ID.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Cedusa obscura No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat