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Telonaca alta - No Common Name



© Britta Muiznieks

© Matthew S. Wallace - with a
'step' in the crest
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Identification
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Description: A greenish-brown species with a prominent pronotal crest. The crest itself can vary among individuals, with some specimens having a 'step' or hump on the posterior side of the crest, while other individuals may lack this step completely. The wings are mostly hyaline, with a smoky tip. Adult males are 10 mm long, while females are 10.5 mm (FSCA).
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: The Southeastern United States, primarily Florida and Georgia, ranging north to coastal North Carolina.
Abundance: Rare, recorded from a couple counties in the Coastal Plain; possibly more abundant along the coast.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Coastal forest where oak is present.
Plant Associates: Quercus laurifolia, Q. nigra (FSCA); also on Q. laevis (turkey oak), Q. virginiana (live oak) (Wallace 2014).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Telonaca alta is very closely related to Glossonotus acuminatus, with both species having almost identical nymphs (pers. comm. M.S. Wallace). Therefore, in some situations, identifications may only be tentative at best. Additionally, there is an in-between species/hybrid and it is not clear whether it is Telonaca alta, Glossonotus acuminatus, or something undescribed.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Telonaca alta No Common Name

Photo by: Britta Muiznieks
Dare Co.
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Photo by: Matthew S. Wallace
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: Britta Muiznieks
Dare Co.
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