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Balcanocerus provancheri - No Common Name

© Kyle Kittelberger- note pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: EurymelinaeTribe: Idiocerini
Taxonomic Author: (Van Duzee, 1890)
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Description: A very distinctive species, dark reddish-brown overall with bold yellow markings and long, straight-sided forewings. The head is pale, with two bold black spots on the evenly-rounded margin; the male antennae are simple and lack a disc. The pronotum has a pale spot on either side of a broad pale midline, and the pronotum and scutellum are typically otherwise yellow; however some males have an entirely black pronotum and scutellum. The face of male is yellow with a brown stripe down the median line, whereas the face of the female is mostly brown with a yellow spot beneath each ocellus. There is a very broad yellow streak on the clavus (upper portion of the wings), bordered by black, and a pale rectangular spot on the costa of the wings; otherwise, the wings are reddish-brown. While adults are typically cinnamon brown, some individuals can be bluish to black: 1, 2. The male subgenital plates are elongate and narrow, truncated at the apex. The female pregenital sternite is strongly, roundedly produced on the posterior margin with no notches but a slight median emargination. Adult males are 4.8 to 57 mm long, females are 5.1-6.2 mm; the width of the head in males is 1.7 to 1.8 mm, in females 1.7 to 2.1 mm. (Freytag 1965, Beirne 1956, DeLong 1948)

Nymphs are ant-mimics and range in color from red to black (same as ants); see: 1, 2.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Transcontinental across the United States and Canada (Freytag 1965)
Abundance: Uncommon to rare, with only a few stattered records across the state, primarily from the mountains; more likely to be encountered in higher elevation habitat.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Woodlands
Plant Associates: Apple (Pyrus), plum, hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum), Crataegus spp., Picea, Ulmus (Freytag 1965)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for General Rosaceous Thickets

Species Photo Gallery for Balcanocerus provancheri No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female, 5.5 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: female, 5.5 mm