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CICADELLIDAE Members: NC Records

Ceratagallia accola - No Common Name


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Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Megophthalminae
Identification
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Description: See here for an image of a specimen. A dark brown species. Males have a style that is two times wider at the apex than at the midlength of the shaft; the shaft is 0.2 - 0.3 mm long, longer than aedeagal shaft. The tip of the aedeagus is digitate, continuing curve of shaft. Females are brownish, with brown either on the veins or the entire wing. They have very short, tapered subgenital plates that are 1.0 - 1.3 times as long as wide across the tips. Females have a pregenital sternite that is slightly produced at the middle with a posterior margin that is shallowly notched at the middle. Males are 2.3- 2.6 mm long, while females are 2.5- 3.0 mm. (Hamilton 1998)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern United States
Abundance: Uncommon to rare, recorded from a couple counties in the southern Coastal Plain; possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy areas
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NOTE: It is very important to obtain accurate measurements and a detailed view of the underside of individuals in this genus, showing the shape of the subgenital plates or pregenital sternite. There are three members of this genus that have been recorded in North Carolina, and a fourth species that could possibly be found here (C. robusta whitcombi, which has been recorded in Georgia). It can be very challenging to identify individuals of this genus. For example, females of accola cannot be distinguished from agricola, and distinguishing the males can be challenging too; however, accola is typically smaller and darker in color (though agricola can get quite dark too). See below for info on how to distinguish these species, taken from Hamilton 1998.

accola- males 2.3-2.6 mm long, females 2.5-3.0 mm. Males have very short subgenital plates. Female pregenital sternite indistinguishable from agricola.

agricola- males 2.6-3.1 mm long, females 2.8-3.3 mm. Adults tawny with brown markings usual for genus; coronal maculae and scutellar angles black. Some individuals can be very dark. Has long wings that extend past the abdomen. Female pregenital sternite indistinguishable from accola. Only whitcombi has male subgenital plates as long and as strongly tapered as agricola.

robusta whitcombi- males 2.3-3.0 mm long (usually 2.5-2.7 mm), females 2.5-2.8 mm. Males tawny with brown markings usual for genus; female pale, with brown veins. Only agricola has subgenital plates as long and as strongly tapered as whitcombi, but agricola has longer wings.

vulgaris- adults 2.5-3.0 mm long. Pregenital sternite half as long as wide.

Status: Native
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