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Lepyronia angulifera - Angular Spittlebug



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Taxonomy
Family: APHROPHORIDAE
Taxonomic Author: Uhler, 1876
Identification
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Description: A small spittlebug, brownish in coloration with a dark brown to black "V"- shaped mark on the elytra, sometimes less boldly defined in certain individual. Compared to L. quadrangularis, this species is smaller, with comparatively shorter but broader wings; it is very helpful to have measurements of potential members of this species. L. angulifera also has a shorter and declivous top of the head than L. quadrangularis; the head more strongly slopes downward (BG); this field mark is not always apparent unless viewed from the side. Males are 4.0-4.4 mm long, while females are 5.0-6.1 mm long (MNFI).
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Rare to uncommon across much of its range in the United States. Found primarily along the Atlantic coast, from Massachusetts south into the Caribbean with some Northeastern and Gulf records. A population also exists in the marshes of Michigan and other Midwestern states. (MNFI)
Abundance: Uncommon to rare, recorded from only several counties.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Found in areas where prairie ferns and spike-rush, as well as other plants, can be found. This species may favor areas where burns periodically take place. (MNFI)
Plant Associates: Feeds on a wide variety of plants; closely associated with prairie ferns and spike rush (Eleocharis sp.), at least in Michigan (MNFI); also feed on Bristlegrass (Setaria geniculata), Espartillo grass (Sporobolus indicus), and sedge (Cyperus swartzii). (Hamilton, 1982)
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Comment: The population found in the interior of the United States, in Michigan and the surrounding states, may represent an undescribed species or subspecies. (BG)
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Lepyronia angulifera Angular Spittlebug

Photo by: North Carolina State University Insect Collection
Cumberland Co.
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Photo by: North Carolina State University Insect Collection
Cumberland Co.
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