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Dikrella cruentata - No Common Name

© Solomon Hendrix
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: TyphlocybinaeTribe: DikraneuriniSubgenus: Dikrella
Taxonomic Author: (Gillette, 1898)
Online Photographs: BugGuide, GBIF                                                                                  
Description: A pale white or yellowish species, with two pairs of oblique yellow to bright red lines across the wings, a median stripe on the vertex, and two stripes on the pronotum that arise from the vertex. There are black markings at the cross nervures of the wing apices. The female pregenital sternite is one-half longer than the preceding, with the posterior margin strongly produced from lateral angles to a broad median, convex tooth. Male subgenital plates drastically taper toward the apices, appearing pinched on the lateral margins. Adults are 2.75-3.0 mm long. (Ball & DeLong, 1925)

There are three described varieties of this species: kansiensis (which has a slightly different shape to the pregenital sternite), lavata (which is entirely pale, creamy, or with slight smoky indications near the cross-veins), and rubricata (which has an entirely red scutellum and broader red markings and smoky band than usual).

For additional images of this species, see: BG (Ball & DeLong, 1925).

Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Transcontinental, with many records from eastern North America (though largely absent from the Southeastern U.S.) (3I).
Abundance: Rare, one recent record from the Piedmont; likely under collected and more abundant in the right habitat.
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Plant Associates: Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch), Betula papyrifera (white birch), Rubus sp., Viburnum alnifolium (hobble bush) (3I); also speckled alder, witch-hazel, jewelweed, buckeye, apples, striped maple, skunk cabbage, and American hazel (Chandler & Hamilton, 2017).
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: This species could be mistaken for a member of Erythridula, but note the differences in the line pattern and shape between the two taxa.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Dikrella cruentata No Common Name

Photo by: Solomon Hendrix
Out Of State Co.
Comment: at lights
Photo by: Jaime M. Simancas
Guilford Co.