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Heliria cristata - No Common Name



© Matthew S. Wallace- side view

© Ken Childs

© Ken Childs- top view
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: SmiliinaeTribe: Telamonini
Taxonomic Author: (Fairmaire, 1826)
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A very distinctive, stunning species with a double-lobed pronotal crest, characteristic of this species; the anterior lobe of the pronotal crest is distinct, the frontal lobe is higher than the back one and is long, projecting forward at a posterior angle. Adults range in color from grayish-brown to brownish to a light green color and can have a mottled crest pattern. This species has a very broad front of the pronotum, extending well to the side of the eyes. Adult females are 11 mm long and 7 mm wide with a height of 6 mm, males are 10 mm long. (Kopp & Yonke, 1974)

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Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central North America. This is the most abundant and widespread member of the genus in Eastern North America.
Abundance: Previously reported from Eastern NC, though not clear where in particular (CTNC). Likely uncommon to rare with two recent sightings from the Piedmont and mountains.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Where oak is present.
Plant Associates: Quercus macrocarpa (bur oak) (CTNC); adults have also been found on Celtis occidentalis (common hackberry), Corylus (hazelnut), Fagus grandifolia (American beech), Quercus alba (white oak), Q. palustris (pin oak), Q. stellata (post oak), and Q. velutina (black oak) (Wallace 2014).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
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Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Heliria cristata No Common Name

Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
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Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
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Photo by: Luke Armstrong
Orange Co.
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Photo by: Luke Armstrong
Orange Co.
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Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
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