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Cedusa zaxoza - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- note phallus
Taxonomy
Family: DERBIDAE
Taxonomic Author: (Kramer, 1986)
Identification
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Description: Adults are dark-bluish overall with yellowish-brown legs. There is a slight, faint curved row of white spots at the base of the wing cells, along the apical crossveins; this may not always be very noticeable. The male phallus (reproductive claspers) has two medium-sized, trapezoidal 'plates' that are noticeably projected forward posteriorly on the outer edge; these plates are smaller and distinctive from the phallus of many of the other blue Cedusas (see image above).
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Southeastern United States; previously only known from Florida, now known from North Carolina (UDEL)
Abundance: Rare, known from a single county on the coast, possibly more abundant in this region.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats:
Plant Associates: Derbidae are known or assumed to feed on fungal hyphae as immatures (UDEL).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: A majority of Cedusa look very similar externally, appearing bluish overall. The only way to make a positive ID for many of the species at this point is to examine the genitalia of the males. Therefore, a male specimen is necessary for many species' identifications. Detailed, clear photographs of the male underside showing the genitalia can also be helpful, and perhaps the hope is that after observing enough specimens of a particular species, there may be slight external features that can be associated with an ID.
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Species Photo Gallery for Cedusa zaxoza No Common Name

Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: female 4.8 mm, photographed by K. Kittelberger; collected at UV trap
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: female 4.8 mm, photographed by K. Kittelberger; collected at UV trap
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: 2 males, 4 females; photographed by K. Kittelberger; collected at UV trap
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: 2 males, 4 females; photographed by K. Kittelberger; collected at UV trap
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: 2 males, 4 females; photographed by K. Kittelberger; collected at UV trap
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: 2 males, 4 females; photographed by K. Kittelberger; collected at UV trap
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: 3 males, 4 females; photographed by K. Kittelberger; collected at UV trap
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Carteret Co.
Comment: 3 males, 4 females; photographed by K. Kittelberger; collected at UV trap