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Spangbergiella vulnerata - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- male; note head pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note shape of head

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note head pattern
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: DeltocephalinaeTribe: Hecalini
Taxonomic Author: (Uhler, 1877)
Identification
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Description: A pale green species overall with sexually dimorphic individuals. The anterior margin of the male head is round but not very produced; however, the female head is strongly produced and flattened, and 2-3 times longer than the male head. The vertex and pronotum of both sexes have bold, thick red stripes that diverge posteriorly (appearing V-shaped together); there typically is a midline stripe on the pronotum. In females, these bold red stripes can have pale, bluish border stripes that are not quite as thick. The wings can either lack or have stripes; when stripes are present, they are orange colored (rather than red) and are not very bold (less bold than the head and pronotum stripes). Adult males are 5.0-6.5 mm long, and females are 7.25-10.4 mm. (Ma 1988)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States; also Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and South America (Ma 1988)
Abundance: Uncommon; recorded from several counties in the Coastal Plain, with no recent records; probably more abundant in the right habitat.
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Comment: This species is fairly easily distinguishable from the other North American members of this genus. For one, the red marks on the head are more vibrant and thicker than the other species. The shape of the head is also different; in other species, the head is pointed, whereas in vulnerata the head is short and rounded in males and long and rounded in females.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Spangbergiella vulnerata No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Pender Co.
Comment: female; NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Pender Co.
Comment: female; NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Pender Co.
Comment: female; NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
New Hanover Co.
Comment: male; NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
New Hanover Co.
Comment: male; NCSU specimen