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Chlorotettix balli - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger- note pointed vertex

© Kyle Kittelberger- male; note plate shape

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note pregenital
sternite shape
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: DeltocephalinaeTribe: Pendarini
Taxonomic Author: (Osborn, 1898)
Identification
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Description: A yellowish-green to green to ochraceous species, with the eyes yellowish or dark; the forewings are yellowish subhyaline with indistinct venation. The vertex is angularly produced and is one half longer at the middle than near the eyes. The female pregenital sternite has a posterior deep notch extending about two-third of the way towards the anterior margin; there is a noticeable spatulate tooth in the middle of this cavity, and the lateral lobes expand outwards. The male subgenital plates are relatively broad and bluntly triangular, gradually narrowing to acute apexes; the plates are as long as the pygofer. Adult males are 6.0-6.8 mm long, females are 6.3-7.3 mm. (DeLong 1918, DeLong 1948, Cwikla 1988)

For diagrams of the genitalia of this species, see: Dmitriev. For more images of this species, see: BG.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the Eastern United States and Canada
Abundance: Recorded from a few counties across the state; likely under collected and therefore under reported.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy areas, forest edge, open woodlands, "marshy" meadows (Cwikla 1988)
Plant Associates: Grasses?
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: NOTE: Chlorotettix is a notriously 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 for all Chlorotettix species other than necopinus and tergatus to obtain a picture of the underside.

The genitalia of this species is most similar to C. filamentus and C. spatulatus, but differ in the shape of the styles, pygofers, and aedeagul processes.

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

Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: 6.2 mm; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: 6.2 mm; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: 6.2 mm; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female; NCSU specimen