Hoppers of North Carolina:
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MEMBRACIDAE Members: NC Records

Cyrtolobus auroreus - No Common Name

© Matthew S. Wallace

© Margarita Lankford- female; note pattern

© Margarita Lankford- female; note color
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Taxonomic Author: Woodruff, 1924
Online Photographs: BugGuide, GBIF                                                                                  
Description: Males of this species have an arched pronotum that is black and yellow with some dull red coloring and two narrow irregular dull red transverse bands. The face is black, and the margins and front are a deep rose color. The legs are a yellowish-red. Females are greenish overall, with a yellowish green face and rose eyes. The pronotum is strongly elevated and evenly arched, highest a little forward of the middle. A broad rose band begins on the crest and expands obliquely downwards; there is a broader vertical green band, somewhat triangular in shape, behind the rose band. This is followed by another rose band descending downwards and another green band, again followed by another rose band which covers the apex of the pronotum. The female's body beneath is light green, and the ovipositor is a deep rose/red. The fore wings are hyaline with some reddish veins; the anterior half is light green. The legs are yellowish with some reddish tints. Adult males are 5.75 mm long while females are 5.9 mm. (Kopp)
Distribution in North Carolina
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central United States (Kopp)
Abundance: Scattered records across the state; very uncommon species and infrequently encountered. Seasonal distribution: 23 April-20 June (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Plant Associates: Quercus alba, Q. prinus (CTNC); also on Q. rubra (CTGSMNP)
Behavior: To listen to the male courtship call for this genus, listen here. These courtship calls are not audible to the human ear, and the calls here are produced by recording the substrate vibrations that the treehoppers use to communicate through the plants themselves. The recorded call is then amplified so that it is now audible to human ears. Research has shown that treehoppers use vibrations to attract mates, to announce the discovery of a good feeding site, or to alert a defending mother to the approach of a predator (T.IM) .
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for General Oak-Hickory Forests

Species Photo Gallery for Cyrtolobus auroreus No Common Name

Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: originally reported to iNaturalist; female
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: originally reported to iNaturalist; female
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: originally reported to iNaturalist; female
Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.