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Telamona decorata - No Common Name



© Matthew S. Wallace

© Kyle Kittelberger- male, note crest shape and
coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Graham Montgomery- female, note crest shape and
coloration
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: SmiliinaeTribe: SmiliiniSynonym: Telamona barbata
Taxonomic Author: (Ball, 1903)
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A sexually dimorphic species. This species is grayish-green to reddish-brown overall, with a varied mottled color pattern of light and dark. This pattern is much more pronounced in females, whose crest is a vibrant dark brown to reddish-brown and is block-shaped; the crest coloration contrasts with the paler front and sides of the pronotum, with a curved dark band arching downwards from the crest towards the lateral edge of the pronotum. The tip of the female pronotum is a reddish to reddish-brown color. The male pronotal crest is smaller and not as high compared to other members of this genus and is more of a rounded triangular shape but, like the females, is dark. In both sexes, the trailing edge of the crest is pale. There is frequently some light pale speckling across the front of the pronotum. The tips of the wings are dark with a smoky smudge while the wing venation is pale, lined with dark; the rest of the wings are hyaline.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Primarily Eastern and Central United States
Abundance: Recorded from the mountains, with a single record from the Coastal Plain. Seasonal distribution: 19 June-13 September (CTNC)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Montane
Plant Associates: Castanea dentata (American chestnut), but largely oaks: Quercus alba, Q. rubra (CTNC); also Q. stellata (CTGSMNP), Populus (cottonwood) [nymphs on this plant], Tilia americana (American basswood), Acer (maple), Carya ovata (shagbark hickory), Q. bicolor (swamp white oak) [nymphs on this plant], Q. coccinea (scarlet oak), Q. ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak), Q. falcata (southern red oak), Q. ilicifolia (bear or scrub oak) [nymphs], Q. macrocarpa (bur oak) [nymphs], Q. montana (chestnut oak), Q. phellos (willow oak), Q. velutina (black oak) [nymphs], and Robinia (locust) (Wallace 2014).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment:
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Telamona decorata No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Graham Montgomery
Out Of State Co.
Comment: probable female
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
Comment: forest edge, 2900 ft
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: male, photographed by K. Kittelberger; collected at UV trap
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: male, photographed by K. Kittelberger; collected at UV trap
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
Comment: