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Balcanocerus fitchi - No Common Name



© Larry Beane- note color & pattern
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: EurymelinaeTribe: Idiocerini
Taxonomic Author: (Van Duzee, 1909)
Identification
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Description: This species has a couple prominent whitish and blackish marks on the costa of the wings, thin whitish streaks on the costa with a hook facing inwards near the commissure. The vertex is yellow with two large black spots; the pronotum is yellow to orange-brown with large spots of yellow-brown and irregular brownish-black spots along the anterior margin, and there can be a yellowish midline. The scutellum is yellowish-orange with brownish lateral triangles. The male subgenital plates are long and narrow, rounded at the apex. The female pregenital sternite has an evenly produced posterior margin, lacking any median emargination. Adult males are 5.4-5.8 mm long, females are 5.7-6.2 mm. (Freytag 1965)

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Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Largely a northeastern North American species, previously known as far south as Virginia and now known from North Carolina.
Abundance: Recorded recently from the low mountains.
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Habitats and Life History
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Plant Associates: Feeds mainly on Rosaceae: on hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) and crab apple (Malus), occasionally on apple or pear and has been reported from elm. (Chandler & Hamilton, 2017)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
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Species Photo Gallery for Balcanocerus fitchi No Common Name

Photo by: Larry Beane
Caldwell Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/54808858#activity_comment_5140333
Photo by: Larry Beane
Caldwell Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/54808858#activity_comment_5140333
Photo by: Larry Beane
Caldwell Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/54808858#activity_comment_5140333