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Heliria gibberata - No Common Name


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Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: SmiliinaeTribe: Telamonini
Taxonomic Author: (Ball, 1925)
Identification
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Description: A pale creamy to brownish, mottled species with a prominent pronotal crest that is peaked in the front and, in most specimens, protrudes forward slightly. Adults have a very broad front of the pronotum, extending well to the side of the eyes. Males are 8 to 10.5 mm long while females are 10 to 11.0 mm long, 7 mm wide, and have a height of 5 mm. (Kopp & Yonke 1974)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central North America
Abundance: Rare, only recorded from a couple counties in the Piedmont and mountains. Seasonal distribution: 23 May-late June (CTNC)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats:
Plant Associates: Celtis occidentalis (common hackberry) (CTNC); adults have been found on Carpinus caroliniana (American hornbeam) and Quercus alba (white oak) (Wallace 2014).
Behavior:
Comment: This species is closest to Heliria gibberata and in some cases they may not be distinguishable, as some specimens have characteristics of both species. H. cornutula feeds on sweetgum while H. gibberata feeds on hackberry. Additionally, in H. gibberata the pronotum tends to protrude slightly, a feature characteristic of most specimens of this species. (M. Wallace pers. comments)
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for Rich Wet-Dry Hardwood Forests