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Shellenius schellenbergii - No Common Name



© Jim Petranka- note wing pattern

© Scott Bolick

© Scott Bolick- pair mating

© Brian Bockhahn
Taxonomy
Family: DERBIDAE
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: A pale orange-brown species with an orange face and white vertex. The base of the wings are a bronzy-orange, the the anterior half of the wings a darker brown with bold red wing venation. The commissure of the wings is white, forming a continuous white band that extends onto the middle of the pronotum to the white vertex. The legs are pale.

For a few more images of this species, see: BG.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: An infrequently encountered species, previously unknown from North Carolina; it has been primarily found in scattered states across eastern and central North America, but also as far west as Arizona.
Abundance: Rare, a few recent records from the mountains and Piedmont.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Shrubby areas, forest edge
Plant Associates: Acer, American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), Sabal palmetto, Fraxinus (UDEL); has also been found [at least resting] on Common Milkweed (Ascleipius syriaca).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: One of two members of Shellenius that occur in the United States; the other species, S. ballii, was also recently found to occur in North Carolina. Its coloration and pattern are strikingly different.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Shellenius schellenbergii No Common Name

Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
Comment: Mating
Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: Scott Bolick
Forsyth Co.
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Photo by: B. Bockhahn
Durham Co.
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Photo by: B. Bockhahn
Durham Co.
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Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
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