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Laevicephalus sylvestris - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- note yellowish-green wing
venation

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note pregenital
sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A bicolorous species with the head and thorax an ochreous-yellow color with weak but distinct longitudianl green to brown stripes on the pronotum; the rest of the body and wings are dull greenish with a yellow tinge. The wing venation is greenish yellow, broadly margined with fuscous/dark coloration. The head is long and acute, sharply pointed with the vertex 1/4 longer than the width between the eyes; there is a longitudinal median line on the head. The female pregenital sternite has a posterior projection with a somewhat flat edge; the edge of this projection is black, with the color extending inwards, and the ovipositor is black as well. The male subgenital plates are constricted preapically, with the tips diverging from one another outwards over the pygofer. Adults are 3.1-3.5 mm long. (DeLong 1948), (Ross & Hamilton 1972)

For diagrams of this species, see: Zahniser. For additional images of a male, see: BG.

Distribution in North Carolina
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central North America
Abundance: Scattered records across the state; likely more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy, brushy field-type habitat
Plant Associates: Danthonia spicata, other grasses
Behavior: Occurs often with L. melsheimerii due to Danthonia association.
Comment: NOTE: Laevicephalus is a challenging genus to identify without a detailed view of the female pregenital sternite or male subgenital plates. It is therefore important to photograph the undersides of members of this genus for an accurate identification.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Laevicephalus sylvestris No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female; 3.1 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female; 3.1 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female; 3.1 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy field-type habitat in old christmas tree farm; nymph and adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy field-type habitat in old christmas tree farm; nymph and adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy field-type habitat in old christmas tree farm; nymph and adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy field-type habitat in old christmas tree farm; nymph and adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy field-type habitat in old christmas tree farm; nymph and adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy field-type habitat in old christmas tree farm; nymph and adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy field-type habitat in old christmas tree farm; nymph and adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Avery Co.
Comment: grassy, brushy field-type habitat in old christmas tree farm; nymph and adult