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Alebra castaneae - No Common Name


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Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Typhlocybinae
Identification
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Description: Males are a pale to bright yellow color overall without any markings. Females are yellow to ivory colored with a pale tegmina. The wings are slender and proportionately long, being more than 4 times as long as wide. The head is distinctly narrower than the pronotum and is slightly pointed. The lateral margins of the pronotum are slightly diverging at about a 40 degree angle. Adult males are 3.7- 4.3 mm long, while females are 3.8- 4.5 mm. (Hamilton, 1995)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Known only from Mississippi and North Carolina; very rare. (Hamilton, 1995)
Abundance: Rare; recorded from a single county in the state.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Where chestnut occurs.
Plant Associates: Castanea pumila (Hamilton, 1995)
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Comment: This species resembles A. eburnea, but has narrower wings and is a little larger overall. Additionally, castanea is found on Castanea sp., while eburnea is found on Quercus sp. Coloration wise, it is similar to A. aurea and A. eburnea.

NOTE: A. Hamilton noted here that due to the chestnut blight in North America and the subsequent loss of chestnut trees across the country, A. castanea could be extinct. HOWEVER, A. castanea feeds on Dwarf Chestnut, not American chestnut, which is still very widespread (but still affected by the chestnut blight). A. castanea is likely very localized and a possible species of concern.

Status: Native
Global and State Rank: GNR [G2G3] [SU]
See also Habitat Account for General Dry-Xeric Hardwood Forests