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Omolicna fulva - No Common Name

© Kyle Kittelberger- note color

© Kyle Kittelberger- note grayish wings
Family: DERBIDAETribe: Cenchreini
Taxonomic Author: (Van Duzee, 1909)
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A fairly uniformly colored species, with a pinkish body. The wings are grayish-blue, amplified in some individuals by the waxy coating on the wings. The wing tips have a pink margin. This is a somewhat large species, ranging around 6.5 mm. (Halbert et al. 2014)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Apparently only listed as occurring in the United States [per specimens] from Florida, but seems to occur throughout the Southeastern United States; also in Cuba and Panama (UDEL)
Abundance: Primarily recorded in the Coastal Plain, where it can be locally abundant; found as far west as the central Piedmont.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in open, coastal pine habitats and forest edge; also found near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: ?
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species is similar to Omolicna mcateei but has a fulvous rather than pink body and fulvous, orange coloration across the wings. A third species could potentially occur in NC: O. joi, recently described from Florida. O. joi feeds on palmetto, in particular Sabal palmetto, which ranges as far north as southeastern NC with a small patch in Hatteras. O. joi has a dark purple cast to the forewings compared to O. fulva and is 3.6-4.8 mm long. For more information on O. joi and a key to the four species of Omolicna listed here, see: Halbert et al. 2014.

This species could also be confused with Cedusa edentula, which has a similar color pattern but lacks the pink margin on the wing tips and has wider, shorter wings.

Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Omolicna fulva No Common Name

Photo by: Erich Hofmann
New Hanover Co.
Photo by: Erich Hofmann
New Hanover Co.
Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf, Brian Bockhahn
Warren Co.
Comment: open grassy area within mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: open, coastal habitat near some pines; gray form