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Empoa saffrana - No Common Name



© Rob Van Epps

© Rob Van Epps

© Rob Van Epps
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: TyphlocybinaeTribe: TyphlocybiniSubgenus: EmpoaSynonym: Typhlocyba saffrana
Identification
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Description: A yellowish species with the basal two-thirds of the wings unmarked; in teneral specimens, the wings are ivory-white. The apex of the wings have four or more dark brown spots around the apical crossveins; these spots, together with the yellow wings, distinguish this species from others. In some individuals, the spots may not be as bold, but together they form an arced 'band' along the apical crossveins. The wingtips are largely hyaline. (Hamilton, 1983)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central United States, eastern Canada
Abundance: Recorded from a few counties in the mountains and Piedmont, likely more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found near mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Reported from Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), beech (Fagus grandifolia), American elm (Ulmus americana), Ulmus sp. (Hamilton 1983)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species is most similar to (E. querci). However, that species has three dark spots in a straight row near the apex of the tegmen, whereas E. saffrana has four spots that are not in a straight row.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Empoa saffrana No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV light. Suburban yard near woods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV light. Suburban yard near woods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV light. Suburban yard near woods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV light. Suburban yard near woods.