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Scaphytopius latus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note yellow face

© Kyle Kittelberger- note long pointed head

© Bo Sullivan- note yellow face

© Bo Sullivan- note head 2x long as wide between
eyes
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: This species has one of the sharpest, longest heads among eastern members of this genus (only shared with perhaps S. rubellus). Adults are typically light to dark brown in color, fulvousy overall; the head and anterior portion of the pronotum are a lighter color. The top of the head has a bold white midline; the scutellum is fulvous with darker anterior corners. The wings have white areolar spots scattered throughout but most densely clustered near the apex; the veins are fulvous, becoming fuscous near the apex and costa. The face is a pale yellowish color with a white submarginal transverse band; the face is concavely angled (appears curved rather than straight when viewed from the side). The male subgenital plates are short and triangular, divergent from one another. Adult females are 5.5 mm, males are 5.0 mm. (Hepner 1947)

For diagrams of this species, see: Zahniser.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Widespread in eastern and central North America, ranging as far west as the Rocky Mountains (Hepner 1947)
Abundance: Several records from the Piedmont and Coastal Plain; probably more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in grassy areas near mixed hardwood and open forest habitat.
Plant Associates: Reported from Pinus banksiana in Minnesota, so likely on pines (Hepner 1947)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species may overlap color/pattern wise with S. acutus, but the long head in S. latus separates this species from S. acutus. In S. latus, the head is about two times as long as the width between the eyes; in S. acutus, the head is around 1.5 times as long as the width between the eyes. S. latus also tends to be slightly larger, has less distinct markings on the head, has shorter male plates, and the pregenital sternite of the female is longer. (Hepner 1947)
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Scaphytopius latus No Common Name

Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Jones Co.
Comment: head is two times as long as wide between the eyes
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Jones Co.
Comment: head is two times as long as wide between the eyes
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Jones Co.
Comment: head is two times as long as wide between the eyes
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; tentative id
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; tentative id
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping