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Species Draeculacephala septemguttata

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Typical Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Cicadellinae (Sharpshooters)
Tribe Cicadellini
Genus Draeculacephala
Species septemguttata (Draeculacephala septemguttata)
Explanation of Names
Draeculacephala septemguttata (Walker, 1851)
septemguttata = 'seven-spotted'
Size
♂♂ 5.3-6.4mm, ♀♀ 6.3-7.8mm
Identification
A tan species with distinctive markings. There are two triangular spots on the scutellum, a spot on each lateral margin of the pronotum, two spots on the head behind the ocelli, and a single bold spot in the centre of the crown. In some specimens a black line is exhibited on the median of the crown. The wings can have a yellow coastal margin, though this is not always the case. The face and underside are pale. D. savannahae can look quite similar, likely more so to teneral examples of septemguttata, but it lacks markings except for pale scutellar maculae.
Range
southeastern U.S.
Habitat
grassy, bushy areas
Food
grasses
See Also
Draeculacephala savannahae — a tan species that can be quite similar in appearance, but only has pale marks on the scutellum.


Draeculacephala balli — this sister species can look similar at times, but is green with fewer markings.