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Erasmoneura fulmina - No Common Name

© John Rosenfeld- tentative, note pattern
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: TyphlocybinaeTribe: Erythroneurini
Taxonomic Author: (McAtee, 1920)
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A fairly dark and variable species, with two main forms. The vertex is mostly a dark brown to blackish color, sometimes with some small pale spots to either side of a whitish midline. The anteclypeus (lower part of the face) is brown or black, while the pronotum is dark brown or blackish with some white speckling. The scutellum is largely dark, with a pale midline between two dark lateral triangles. The underside of the thorax is entirely dark. In the nominate form, the dorsum is yellow or white, with a red, orange, brown or blackish color pattern on the wings that contrasts with pale patches. In form "bicolorata" the basal half of the wings is entirely dark, contrasting with the much paler distal half of the wings. Adults are 2.7-2.9 mm long. (Dmitriev & Dietrich, 2007)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Eastern and central United States (3I)
Abundance: Rare, recorded from a single county in both the Piedmont and mountains; possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Plant Associates: Vitis sp. (3I)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: Form 'bicolorata' is very distinctive, but the nominate form of this species could be confused with other Erasmoneura species. E. vulnerata has a similar pattern but is typically not as uniformly dark. It has pale lines on the head, rather than small pale spots, and there are slight differences in the wing pattern. E. fulmina is also similar to some individuals (those that lack bold white wing markings near the scutellum) of E. atra and E. nigra, both of which are very dark, but again there are differences in color pattern. E. nigra and atra have different head and pronotal markings (tend to be darker). The wings also differ in the extent of dark coloration and shape/location of pale spots.
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for General Vitaceous Tangles

Species Photo Gallery for Erasmoneura fulmina No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Transylvania Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Transylvania Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Transylvania Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: J. Allen Ratzlaff
Buncombe Co.
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: tentative