Hoppers of North Carolina:
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Publilia reticulata - No Common Name

© John Rosenfeld- note reticulated pattern

© John Rosenfeld
Family: MEMBRACIDAESubfamily: Smiliinae
Taxonomic Author: Van Duzee
Online Photographs: BugGuide, GBIF                                                                                  
Description: This species differs from P. concava in having a heavily reticulated appearance, with the ridges on the pronotum connected; there are no prominent longitudinal ridges. This is sharply contrasting with the prominent longitudinal ridges of P. concava. This species also has a highly variable color pattern.
Distribution in North Carolina
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: A rare species, found in eastern and central North America (BG)
Abundance: Primarily a montane species. Seasonal distribution: 29 April-4 October (CTNC)
Seasonal Occurrence
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Grassy, brushy areas
Plant Associates: Asteracae; from Eupatorium sp., weeds, herbaceous plants (CTGSMNP)
Behavior: To listen to the male courtship call for this genus, listen here. These courtship calls are not audible to the human ear, and the calls here are produced by recording the substrate vibrations that the treehoppers use to communicate through the plants themselves. The recorded call is then amplified so that it is now audible to human ears. Research has shown that treehoppers use vibrations to attract mates, to announce the discovery of a good feeding site, or to alert a defending mother to the approach of a predator (T.IM).
Status: Native
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See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands

Species Photo Gallery for Publilia reticulata No Common Name

Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: © John Rosenfeld
Photo by: John Rosenfeld
Out Of State Co.
Comment: © John Rosenfeld