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Telamona ampelopsidis - Virginia Creeper Treehopper



© Matthew S. Wallace- male

© Ken Childs- male

© Ken Childs

© Ken Childs
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: SmiliinaeTribe: Telamonini
Taxonomic Author: (Harris, 1841)
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A sexually dimorphic species with a varied brown color pattern across the pronotum; some individuals are almost black in coloration while others are quite pale. The pronotal crest is prominent and high; in males, the crest tends to be angled downwards more than females, with females having a flatter crest [typically]. Males can also be darker than females. Males are 8 to 9 mm long, females are 10 mm. (FSCA)

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Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central North America, as far west as the Rocky Mountains (FSCA)
Abundance: Recorded from the state, but unclear from where.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Where Virginia Creeper is found.
Plant Associates: Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), which used to be placed in the genus Ampelopsis, hence the name of this Telamona.
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
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Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Telamona ampelopsidis Virginia Creeper Treehopper

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: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male