Hoppers of North Carolina:
Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, Treehoppers, and Planthoppers
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MEMBRACIDAE Members: NC Records

Cyrtolobus ovatus - No Common Name

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Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Taxonomic Author: Van Duzee, 1908
Online Photographs: BugGuide, GBIF                                                                                  
Description: Females are a reddish color, evenly dotted with smooth pale points. The face is small and closely punctured. The underside and legs are both pale, and the elytra have a glassy appearance, with the apex a smoky brown color. Males have a less curved pronotum than the females. They are a light brown, somewhat shining color that becomes a little reddish towards the rear. The transverse bands across the pronotum are white, and there is a pale mid-dorsal spot; legs are pale. Some individuals however can be much darker, with a mostly black pronotum. Adult males are 4 mm long, while females are 6 mm. See here for images of pinned specimens. (Kopp)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central North America, west to Texas (Kopp)
Abundance: Several records from the lower Piedmont and Coastal Plain. Seasonal distribution: 7 May- 28 June (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Plant Associates: Quercus laevis, Q. marilandica (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