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Chlorotettix attenuatus - No Common Name

© Bo Sullivan

© Bo Sullivan

© Bo Sullivan- male, note plates
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: DeltocephalinaeTribe: Pendarini
Taxonomic Author: (Brown, W.F., 1933)
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Description: A pale yellow, yellowish-green, to light brown species with dark eyes; the forewing is yellowish subhyaline. The vertex is bluntly, angularly produced and is three-fifths longer at the middle than next to the eye. The female pregenital sternite has the posterior margin angulate, excavated to about one-half the length of the segment and bearing a short median spatulate process, which does not extend past the posterior angles. The male subgenital plates are broad at the bases and narrowed to long acute apices with slightly sinuate lateral margins; the plates are almost as long as the pygofer. Adult males are 6.5-7.1 mm long, females are 6.9-7.6 mm. (DeLong 1948, Cwikla 1988)

To view some pinned specimens, see: BOLD. For diagrams of this species, see: 3I.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central United States; uncommon, not a common species in collections.
Abundance: A few records from the Piedmont and Coastal Plain; likely under collected and therefore under reported.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Probably grassy areas, forest edge
Plant Associates:
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: NOTE: Chlorotettix is a notoriously difficult genus to identify to species visually; a majority of the species are various shade of yellow and green, and they can only be reliably distinguished by looking at genital features. Therefore, it is very important most Chlorotettix species other than necopinus and tergatus to obtain a picture of the underside.

C. attenuatus can be separated from other Chlorotettix species by the combination of the lack of pygofer processes and the unique aedeagus that has the posterior process directed dorsally and then ventrally in the lateral aspect (Cwikla 1988).

Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Chlorotettix attenuatus No Common Name

Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Jones Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Jones Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Jones Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Jones Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Jones Co.
Comment: male