Hoppers of North Carolina:
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MEMBRACIDAE Members: NC Records

Cyrtolobus inermis - No Common Name

© Matthew S. Wallace
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Taxonomic Author: (Emmons, 1854)
Online Photographs: BugGuide, GBIF                                                                                  
Description: A smaller member of this genus. Females are pale green to yellowish with a moderately elevated pronotum. Males are smaller than the females, with a less elevated pronotum. Male's pronotums are a deep black, polished color with a couple pale transverse bands; the extreme tip of the pronotum is brown. The head is a chocolate brown color with some black. The underside of the body and the legs are a dull red color. Males are 4 mm long, while females are 5 mm. See here for images of pinned specimens. (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 North America, at least as far west as Utah (Kopp)
Abundance: Several records from the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. Seasonal distribution: 3 May-10 June (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Where oaks are present.
Plant Associates: Quercus falcata, Q. marilandica, Q. stellata (CTNC)
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 Dry-Xeric Hardwood Forests

Species Photo Gallery for Cyrtolobus inermis No Common Name

Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.