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Agalliopsis ancistra - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note the coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger- note the coloration, small
eyespots

© John Rosenfeld- brownish individual

© Kyle Kittelberger- tawny female
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: MegophthalminaeTribe: Agalliini
Taxonomic Author: (Oman, 1970)
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: Typically a greenish species, with the rear of the wings fading to a brownish tint; coloration does range to tawny and brownish. The face and eyes can be reddish in color, and there is a 'double-mark' on the top of the wings where the green color meets the brown. In addition, the scutellum is usually yellow with two small black triangles in each top corner (sometimes the scutellum is almost completely black in some individuals). Lastly, there are 8 dots on the body; 2 on the pronotum and 6 on the face (3 next to each eye). Some individuals can be brownish in color but still retain the small pronotal spots with a pronotum that is not excessively bulging. These males have the pronotum entirely fuscous except for pale posterior and lateral borders and pale areas directly adjacent to the midline; these individuals tend to have fuscous to smoky wings with contrasting broadly pale veins and the clavus and on the disc. Females have a pregenital sternite that is deeply concave, with a deep U-shaped emargination from the base; the sternite is often brown fuscous, either basally or entirely. Adult males are 3.5- 4.0 mm long, while females are 4.0- 4.3 mm. (Oman 1970)

For more images of this species showing variation, see: (BG).

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Throughout North America, especially in the East
Abundance: This species has been recorded across the state, where it can be locally abundant; possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Recorded in the state from grassy, shrubby habitat and near forest edge, as well as spruce forest in the mountains.
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with lights.
Comment: Agalliopsis ancistra and novella can be challenging to differentiate from one another; therefore, it is helpful to have a picture of the underside with a view of the genitalia. Ancistra is slightly larger and paler, with ancistra typically a greenish color while novella is darker, either blackish on top of yellowish-green or dark brown overall. Note that the face of ancistra tends to be orange or ferruginous while the face of novella tends to be yellow or brown. The pregenital sternite (sternum VII) in both ancistra and novella is also quite similar, being deeply concave. Female coloration of novella and ancistra can be similar, though ancistra females are typically marked less with fuscous and tend to be more tawny than cinereous; male ancistra usually do not show the extreme fuscous coloration found in some males of novella. (Oman 1970)
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Agalliopsis ancistra No Common Name

Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/88943068
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/59156655
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/56173623
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/55736401
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/55736401
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/54896026
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/54896026
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Swain Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52274684
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Swain Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52274684
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Swain Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51953263
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Swain Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51953263
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Swain Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51953263
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Swain Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51953263
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat; tawny female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat; tawny female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy habitat; tawny female
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light; TENTATIVE ID
Photo by: PaulScharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light. TENTATIVE ID
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/47674253
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: uv lights
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Harry Wilson
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood and pine habitat
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B. Bockhahn
Yancey Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, shrubby habitat at the summit
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy and brushy vegetation surrounded by forest
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, shrubby habitat at the summit
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Surry Co.
Comment: grassy, shrubby habitat at the summit