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Polyamia obtecta - No Common Name



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Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A white to gray species with black and fuscous markings. The vertex is yellowish to whitish in color except for the black muscle arcs on the face (the two black transverse dashes near the margin of the head) that extend onto the crown; there are also some fuscous marks as well. The markings on the head are described as follows: "reflexed arcs of face, a pair of spots just back of apex, another either side of midway to eye, an irregular interrupted band, broadest at middle, between anterior margins of eyes, and an indefinite spot on either side behind band" (DeLong 1948). The scutellum has a large black spot at each basal angle (the anterior corners). The wings are a pale yellowish to white color, with some of the wing cells a grayish color with black borders. The female pregenital sternite rises abruptly from the preceding segment, with a truncated posterior margin; the lateral lobes are produced beyond the median portion as rounded lobes, and there is no median notch or excavation. The male genital plates are triangular, with broad bases that strongly and concavely narrow to attenuated tips. Adults males are 3.1-3.2 mm long, while females are around 3.1 mm long. (DeLong 1948)

For diagrams of this species, see: Zahniser. For additional images of this species, see: BG.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central United States; also Cuba
Abundance: Recorded across the state where it is uncommon; probably more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy, field-type areas, especially those with abundant broomsedge, bluestem, and rushes.
Plant Associates: Grasses
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment:
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Polyamia obtecta No Common Name

Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Dare Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/61212119
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Dare Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/61163302
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Dare Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/61163302
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Dare Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/61163312
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Dare Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/61163318
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Dare Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/61163318
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Dare Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/61163318
Photo by: F. Williams, S. Williams
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Cumberland Co.
Comment: attracted at night with a light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Dare Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/forest edge habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/forest edge habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Vance Co.
Comment: Field/forest edge habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, field-type habitat