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CICADELLIDAE Members: NC Records

Balclutha abdominalis - No Common Name

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Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Online Photographs: BugGuide, GBIF                                                                                  
Description: A slender species that varies in color from yellowish to green. The face may or may not have faint oblique brown lines on either side of the midline. The underside of the thorax is not dark. The head is narrower than the pronotum but only slightly so in some specimens; the vertex is usually the same size in the middle as next to the eye, but in some specimens it may be longer medially. The female pregenital sternite has either a truncate or slightly concave posterior margin. Adult males are 3.0 to 3.6 mm long, females are 3.5 to 3.6 mm. (Blocker, 1967)

For images of some specimens, see: BOLD. For a couple diagrams of the genitalia, see: 3i.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Throughout North America, transcontinental; ranges as far south as South America (3i)
Abundance: Recorded pretty widely across the state, but there are no recent records; probably under collected and more abundant in the right habitat.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Pastures, meadows, forest edge, marshes, other grassy and well vegetated areas (Chandler & Hamilton, 2017)
Plant Associates: Has been collected from Beta vulgaris (DL); reported to feed on wheat (Triticum), oats (Avena) and other grasses (Chandler & Hamilton, 2017)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: NOTE: As of now, it is probably necessary to collect male specimens to confirm the identification of any specimens that may be this species. Balclutha is a very challenging genus to identify without male genitalia, with multiple species showing a high degree of color and pattern variation and similarity in head shape, size and female pregenital sternite shape.
Status: Native
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