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Xestocephalus superbus - Xestocephalus

Xestocephalus superbus - Xestocephalus
Allison Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 15, 2015


This node is used in the See
This node is used in the See Also section for X. lunatus. If this is not X. superbus, that page should probably changed to include another node for X. superbus, since that seems to be the intent.

sorry, I don't understand what you are saying. Share a link and I'll take a look.

Bottom of this page - the See
Bottom of this page - the See Also section.

will remove. By the way, not all of the info for the species here on Bugguide is accurate. Compare pics of 'lunatus' on here to pics of superbus in areas where lunatus shouldn't occur. And check here on my site:

Thanks. I hadn't run across y
Thanks. I hadn't run across your site yet. I came to this page on BG because I was researching this one:

I had originally identified it as X. lunatus on iNaturalist partly because I saw a comment here about the ][ mark on the head being diagnostic. Then someone who I think is doing research on leafhoppers chimed up and said that it may be X. superbus but said they don't know how to distinguish the two. I found a paper from a 1933 edition of the Kansas Entomology Society that has a key. The first item in the key separates these two, characterizing X. lunatus by having a distinguishing mark on the vertex, and it gives an illustration. On iNat, they're saying X. superbus has the same marks.

In the limited research I've been able to do on these two species, it looks like X. superbus is mostly an eastern species, and I can find no reference to any collected or photographed in Texas, but I don't have access only to what I can find on the net. BOLD has photos of both but only one has been sequenced, so that's not a help either.

Yes, as you can see, superbus also shares that mark on the head. And I don't know how accurate some of the IDs for lunatus are. I don't know how to distinguish the two, and I haven't seen anyone recently collect and barcode any specimens in the south. ITs not really clear how far south superbus goes, or how far north lunatus goes. Also, BOLD (which I turn to frequently) is not always accurate.

My iNat username is hopperdude215 by the way ;-)

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