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Amplicephalus osborni - No Common Name

© Paul Scharf- note divided anteapical cell

© Paul Scharf- note wing pattern

© Paul Scharf- note head pattern

© Robert Deans
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Online Photographs: BugGuide, GBIF                                                                                  
Description: A brownish species that has four to six noticeable black spots on the otherwise whitish margin of the vertex. The underside of the abdomen, thorax, legs and face are a tawny yellow, and the edges of the abdominal and thoracic segments are marked lightly to heavily with a fuscous color. The pronotum has six darkened longitudinal bands or stripes, and the scutellum is usually darkened near the anterior angles. The wings are a tawny yellow to brownish color, with pale wing venation; note that some veins often crisscross to form small wing cells. There are three anteapical wing cells (separating this species from Graminella, which only have two anteapical cells), with the middle one divided (the anteapical cells are the the row of cells preceding those on the edge of the wing; note the middle cell is divided in two). The female pregenital sternite has the posterior margin more or less trilobed with the central lobe usually shorter and broader than the others. Adult males are 4.6-5.0 mm long, while females are 5.0-6.0 mm. (Kramer 1971)

For diagrams of this species, see: Dmitriev. For more images of this species, see: BG.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Ranging from eastern North America as far west as Ontario, Minnesota, and Colorado (Kramer 1971)
Abundance: Recorded from a couple counties in the Piedmont, probably more abundant in the right habitat.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Usually found in marshes, though has been recorded in the state in mixed to open forest near water; also reported from grasses near borders of swampy or marshy areas. (Kramer 1971)
Plant Associates: Probably a sedge species, Carex sp. (Kramer 1971)
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a black light.
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for General Sedge, Grass, and Rush Mires

Species Photo Gallery for Amplicephalus osborni No Common Name

Photo by: Robert Deans
Forsyth Co.
Photo by: Robert Deans
Forsyth Co.
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV Light