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Acanalonia bivittata - Two-striped Planthopper



© Kyle Kittelberger

© Kyle Kittelberger- var. rubescens

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph; note flat,
rectangular face
Taxonomy
Family: ACANALONIIDAE
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: This species is typically green with broad wings with dense venation. There is a reddish-brown stripe along the inner edge of both wings, diverging around the margins of the thorax and producing two lines extending to the reddish eyes. Some individuals can be pink rather than green; this color form is known as A. bivittata var. rubescens. The legs are brown. Nymphs typically have a pale, whitish body with brown mottling on top, giving an overall brownish appearance (a key characteristic of this species); the amount of brown mottling can vary among nymph instars. Nymphs in good condition will show a dense clump of white hairs extending from the tip of the abdomen. Nymphs also tend to have a fairly flat and broad head, a very useful characteristic when differentiating from A. conica nymphs which tend to have pointed heads; when viewed from above or the side, the head looks flat across and rectangular in shape. However, nymphs are very difficult to identify in this genus and an ID may not be possible. See W & M for more information and illustrations of nymph instars.(UDEL)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central United States; also Ontario and Mexico (UDEL)
Abundance: Common and widespread across the state.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in grassy, field-type habitats, shrublands, forest edge, and within mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Polyphagous, found on a variety of plants.
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This is the most common and widespread Acanalonia. Nymphs can be parasitized by species of Dryinidae.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Acanalonia bivittata Two-striped Planthopper

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Halifax Co.
Comment: grassy road among mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy and field-type habitat; pink and green color forms
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy and field-type habitat; pink and green color forms
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy and field-type habitat; pink and green color forms
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: grassy and field-type habitat; pink and green color forms
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Unfortunately this nymph was parasitized with two Dryinid sacs (the round, gray spherical object) on the thorax.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Unfortunately this nymph was parasitized with two Dryinid sacs (the round, gray spherical object) on the thorax.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Unfortunately this nymph was parasitized with two Dryinid sacs (the round, gray spherical object) on the thorax.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat; nymph
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Nymph, Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Nymph, Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Nymph, Caught sweeping
Photo by: Harry Wilson
Wake Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B. Bockhahn,C. Mitchell
Durham Co.
Comment: nymph
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Open grassy area.
Photo by: F. Williams, S. Williams
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI - Pink color phase
Photo by: F. Williams, S. Williams
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: margin of large retention pond / marsh
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Iredell Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping in weedy field.
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28696165
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28696165
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28696165
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28768558