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Telamona extrema - No Common Name

© Steve Hall

© Ken Childs

© Ken Childs

© Mark Shields- "Florida" form
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: SmiliinaeTribe: Telamonini
Taxonomic Author: (Ball, 1903)
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A large species with a broad, tall, rounded pronotal crest that slightly angles forward. The top of the pronotal crest is edged in red, and the posterior edge is yellow. The pronotum itself is usually a light brown color, but some individuals can have a greenish tint; there may be some light maculations across the pronotum in some specimens as well. The wings have a smoky tip, and the legs are concolorous with the pronotum. Males are 8-9 mm long while females are 9-10 mm (FSCA).
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern North America
Abundance: A somewhat rare species, with scattered records from several counties across the state.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Forest with oak
Plant Associates: Quercus alba (white oak), Q. ilicifolia [nymphs on this plant], Q. marilandica (blackjack oak), Q. phellos (willow oak), Q. rubra (northern red oak), Q. velutina (black oak) (Wallace 2014).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species may be most confused with Archasia belfragei, as they both have similarly shaped pronotums. However, T. extrema tends to be brownish in color while A. belfragei is greenish. But there are also slight differences in the shape of the pronotum. With A. belfragei, the pronotum is either broad or moderate in width, but there is a somewhat even, gradual curve starting from the rear to the highest point of the crest itself. With T. extrema, the pronotum is always broad and there is a kink in the crest before it sharply curves upward. This kink is largely absent or heavily reduced in A. belfragei.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Telamona extrema No Common Name

Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
Photo by: Steve Hall
Cherokee Co.
Comment: Found while sampling for moths using a sheet and a 15 watt UV light.