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Telamona tristis - No Common Name



© Jim Petranka- note shape of pronotum

© Jim Petranka
Taxonomy
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: SmiliinaeTribe: Telamonini
Taxonomic Author: (Fitch, 1851)
Identification
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Description: A species that varies greatly in coloration, ranging from a mottled dark to largely yellowish bordered with dark. The key characteristic of this species is the square, block-shape of the crest, which readily differentiates this species from other similar members of the genus. The tegmina is hyaline and tipped with brown. The underside of the thorax is flavous, and the abdomen is brownish. The legs are ferruginous.
Adults are 8.0-8.5 mm long (up to 9.5 mm in some individuals), 5 mm wide. (Kopp and Yonke, 1974)

Nymphs are grayish-brown overall, typical for the genus.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central North America
Abundance: A single recent record from the mountains, likely more abundant in the state and overlooked, as it is found in the surrounding states.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats:
Plant Associates: Carpinus caroliniana (American hornbeam), Carya ovata (shagbark hickory), Corylus americana (American hazelnut), Hamamelis virginiana (American witchhazel), Ostrya virginiana (hophornbeam), Quercus alba (white oak), Q. macrocarpa (bur oak), Q. rubra (northern red oak), Q. velutina (black oak), Tilia americana (American basswood) (Wallace 2014).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species is perhaps most similar to males of Telamona excelsa and to T. maculata . Note however the color variation and, more importantly, the shape of the crest in T. tristis.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Telamona tristis No Common Name

Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
Comment: total length ca. 9.5 mm.
Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
Comment: total length ca. 9.5 mm.
Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
Comment: total length ca. 9.5 mm.
Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
Comment: total length ca. 9.5 mm.; first record for NC, ID supported by M. Wallace
Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
Comment: total length ca. 9.5 mm.; first record for NC, ID supported by M. Wallace