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Sogatella molina - No Common Name



© Mark Shields- note color and pattern

© Mark Shields- note dark in front of antennae

© Mark Shields- note dark apex of clavus
Taxonomy
Family: DELPHACIDAE
Identification
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Description: A pale species with and pale transverse medial band extending across the thorax and onto the vertex; there is a dark brown band on each side of the scutellum and pronotum. The genae, the area in front of the antennae, are darkened in males, characteristic of this species; males are generally darker overall than females. The frons is either dark or pale. There is a dark brown to black mark at the apex of the clavus on the wings, though some specimens apparently can lack this mark; some individuals can also have dark tinging on the upper apical cells of the wings. (UDEL)

For figures of this species, see: Asche & Wilson.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Previously known from a few Gulf Coast states and South Carolina; perhaps expanding northwards, as now known from North Carolina. Also found in Bermuda and throughout the Caribbean, as well as parts of Central America and Argentina. (UDEL), (Mariani & Lenicov, 2018)
Abundance: A single record from the Coastal Plain, likely found elsewhere in this region; perhaps a recent arrival in the state.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Coastal marshes
Plant Associates: Para grass (Urochloa mutica) (UDEL)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species is most similar to the other and much more widespread member of this genus found in the state, S. kolophon, with very similar thoracic patterns/coloration. However, molina has a dark brown to black mark at the apex of the clavus on the wings, and has the genae darkened in males; in kolophon, the genae are pale.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Sogatella molina No Common Name

Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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Photo by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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