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Eratoneura hymettana - No Common Name



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Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: TyphlocybinaeTribe: Erythroneurini
Taxonomic Author: (Knull, 1949)
Identification
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Description: A species with a distinctive color pattern. The wings and body are mostly a pale, yellow to white color, but there are four dark faded marks (almost rectangular in shape) on the middle of the wings, forming an upside down U when viewed from above; these dark marks can be quite bold in some individuals, appearing black. There is an incomplete brownish band across the base of the wings and scutellum, and a broken band towards the rear of the wings, past the black marks; this rear band consists of red markings in some individuals, a smudgy band in others. The wingtips are also brown, giving the appearance of a third band in some individuals. The vertex is largely pale, with a distinct midline; the pronotum is almost entirely pale. Adults are 2.9- 3.2 mm long. (3I)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Interior eastern North America, where it seems to be very uncommon to rare due to the low number of collected specimens. (3I)
Abundance: Recorded from a few counties in the Piedmont; likely a very uncommon to rare species in the state.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest habitat.
Plant Associates: Platanus occidentalis (3I)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: A very distinctive species, nothing in our area resembles this. The most similar species is E. lunata, which has a similar color pattern but the black marks in the middle of the wings distinctively curve towards the rear and are not block shaped as in E. hymettana. E. lunata has not been recorded in North Carolina yet.
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for General Wet-Hydric Floodplains

Species Photo Gallery for Eratoneura hymettana No Common Name

Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV light. Yard near woods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Came to UV light. Yard near woods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Came to UV light. Yard near woods.
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light