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Gyponana offula - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note longitudinal
wing venation

© Kyle Kittelberger- male; note reticulated wing
venation

© Kyle Kittelberger
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Iassinae
Identification
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Description: A greenish member of the genus, this is the only species that combines densely reticulate (meshlike) wing venation with strong longitudinal veins; the clavus (inner region of the wing) is also reticulated. The longitudinal pronotal bands are not as visible in this species, producing a more unicolorous thorax. The size range for males is 8.5-9.5 mm in length; females are typically 9.5-10.5 mm, sometimes a little longer (female Gyponanas tend to be 1.0 mm longer than males, though some are even longer). Females, because of their size, can appear slender. (Hamilton 1982)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States; MS-PA and nearby states
Abundance: Uncommon with scattered records across the state; probably more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Mixed hardwood forest, open woodlands, forest edge, etc.
Plant Associates: Has been found on red-cedar (Juniperus virginiana) (BG)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: It is necessary for a clear image showing the wing venation to separate this species from other densely reticulate species; there are several other densely reticulated species in the region, but Hamilton (1982) stated that offula was the only Gyponana that shows strong longitudinal lines IN ADDITION to dense reticulations. However, offula is seemingly very similar to ortha (based on analysis of ortha specimens), falling within the same size range and showing a similar wing venation pattern, i.e. densely reticulated wings with strong longitudinal venation. As is the case with most species of Gyponana, a male specimen is probably needed to confirm a species' identity. Records on here as offula are tentative as of now.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Gyponana offula No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: 8.7 mm, male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: 8.7 mm, male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Paul Scharf , Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Ashe Co.
Comment: Came to light; tentative
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Beaufort Co.
Comment: open, grassy habitat surrounded by pine and mixed hardwood forest; 10.8 mm long
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Beaufort Co.
Comment: open, grassy habitat surrounded by pine and mixed hardwood forest; 10.8 mm long
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: 8.7 mm, male