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Polana celata - No Common Name

© Ken Schneider

© Ken Schneider
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: IassinaeTribe: GyponiniSubgenus: Nihilana
Taxonomic Author: (Fowler, 1903)
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Description: A dark brown species with the crown and anterior portion of the pronotum a paler brown. The crown is short and broadly rounded. The ocelli are widely separated . The wing venation is dark brown, particularly on the corium, apical and anteapical veins; the tips of the claval veins are brown. The male subgenital plates are elongate and more than four times long as broad. The female pregenital sternite is trilobate and has the lateral angles rounded, with a shallowly excavated posterior margin on either side of broadly rounded lobes; the median lobe has a broad shallow notch. Adult males and females are 8.0 mm long (though DeLong 1942 states 6-7 mm long). (DeLong & Freytag 1972)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Rare, collected from the Southeastern United States (FL, GA, NC, TX) and ranging as far south as Panama (Metcalf 1972)
Abundance: Rare, a couple collection records from the state.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: NOTE: It is possible that records of this species in the eastern U.S. are misidentified, including the NC specimen from the California collection that is photographed here. In both DeLong (1942) and DeLong & Freytag (1972). In both of these publications, the description of celata does not note any dark spots on the pronotum. In fact, the key in DeLong (1942) uses the presence or absence of these dark spots to separate quadrinotata from other members of the genus. There are diagrams of the head and thorax in this publication too for both Polana species, and there are no spots on celata whereas they are depicted for quadrinotata. Additionally, DeLong (1942) notes that this species was described from Mexico whereas Freytag & DeLong (1972) say that the holotypes of this species are from Panama. For now, all individuals with dark spots on the pronotum should be kept at quadrinotata until the identity of some of these specimens can be checked and verified.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Polana celata No Common Name

Photo by: AH Manee
Moore Co.
Comment: Specimen in the California Academy of Sciences, photo K Schneider
Photo by: AH Manee
Moore Co.
Comment: Specimen in the California Academy of Sciences, photo K Schneider