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Errastunus ocellaris - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view

© John Rosenfeld- paler individual

© John Rosenfeld- female; note shape of
pregenital sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Taxonomic Author: (Fallén, 1806)
Identification
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Description: A reddish-brown to blackish species, typically with dark brown wings with a reticulate, mottled color pattern consisting of white, brown, and black. The head and pronotum are paler than the rest of the body, being ochraceous in color with small orange-brown marks. The scutellum is also orange and has two small black triangles in the upper corner. The face is black. There is a lot of variation among individuals in the extent of the dark markings. The female pregenital sternite has a narrow tooth projecting from a broad sternite with rounded lateral margins. Adults are 3.0-4.0 mm long; most if not all of the sternite is blackish. (Beirne 1956)

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Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Native to Europe, introduced to eastern North America with the first record in 1944; primarily found in the northern states and Canada, it ranges as far east as at least the mountains of North Carolina
Abundance: Recorded recently from Watauga county in the mountains, possibly more abundant in the right habitat. Likely a somewhat recent arrival in the state.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Common in non-native grassy areas, such as lawns, old fields, etc. (BG)
Plant Associates: Grasses, especially non-native ones, and sedges
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Status: Introduced
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Species Photo Gallery for Errastunus ocellaris No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: brushy, grassy vegetation surrounded by forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Watauga Co.
Comment: brushy, grassy vegetation surrounded by forest
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female