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Cixius apicalis - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note wing pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Solomon Hendrix

© Solomon Hendrix- note dark face
Taxonomy
Family: CIXIIDAE
Taxonomic Author: Metcalf, 1923
Identification
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Description: A very distinctive species, with about 2/3 of the wings completely dark, leaving mostly the third closest to the wings relatively clear. The thorax and head are concolorous with the wings, though in some individuals the thorax and head can be clear. The underside of the thorax and abdomen are dark, as is the face. Adult males are 6.0 mm long, while females are 6.0-6.5 mm (Kramer 1981).
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States and Canada, where it is scarce and uncommonly encountered (UDEL)
Abundance: Uncommon to rare in the state, recorded from a few counties in the mountains. Likely found elsewhere in the mountains.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats:
Plant Associates: "Nymphs of cixiids are subterranean, feeding on roots and possibly fungi. Many cixiids are presumed to be polyphagous (as adults), most often on woody plants." (UDEL)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment:
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Cixius apicalis No Common Name

Photo by: C.R. Bartlett
Swain Co.
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Photo by: C.R. Bartlett
Swain Co.
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Photo by: C.R. Bartlett
Swain Co.
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Photo by: C.R. Bartlett
Swain Co.
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Photo by: Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Burke Co.
Comment: grassy area near mountain hardwood forest
Photo by: Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Burke Co.
Comment: grassy area near mountain hardwood forest
Photo by: tom ward
Buncombe Co.
Comment: to replace inaturalist record or this observation
Photo by: Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Burke Co.
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