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Chlorotettix tunicatus - No Common Name

© Kyle Kittelberger- female

© Kyle Kittelberger- male
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: DeltocephalinaeTribe: Pendarini
Taxonomic Author: (Ball, 1900)
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: Pale yellowish-green overall, sometimes with a strong yellowish tint. The vertex is half as long in the middle than against the eyes, and is evenly rounded except at the apex (in the middle), where it is slightly conical. The female pregenital sternite has the posterior margins roundedly emarginate to one-third the length of the segment; sometimes it is slightly notched in the middle but always has a notched appearance due to a brown V-shaped spot in the middle. The male plates are broad at the base, roundedly narrowing to a very obtuse, truncated apex; together the plates are the shape of a "bluntly pointed spoon" (DeLong 1948). Adults are around 7.0 mm long. (DeLong 1948), (DeLong 1918)

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

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern United States
Abundance: Scattered records across the state; likely under collected and therefore under reported.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Probably grassy areas, forest edge, open woodlands, meadows
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.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Chlorotettix tunicatus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female and male; NCSU specimens
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female and male; NCSU specimens