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Genus Balclutha

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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 (Cicadas, Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Typical Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Deltocephalinae
Tribe Macrostelini
Genus Balclutha
Explanation of Names
Balclutha Kirkaldy 1900
16 spp. in our area(1), >110 spp. total(2)
NOTE: the notation citing the taxonomic authority of the listed species may have been inputted erroneously. This is pending correction.

Balclutha abdominalis (Van Duzee, 1892): transcontinental U.S. and Canada to Argentina
Balclutha arctica Beirne, 1950: YT to Mexico
Balclutha caldwelli Blocker, 1967
Balclutha diluta Blocker, 1967
Balclutha flavescens (Baker, 1903)
Balclutha frontalis (Ferrari, 1882): cosmopolitan
Balclutha impicta (Van Duzee, 1892): transcontinental U.S. and Canada
Balclutha incisa (Matsumura, 1902): cosmopolitan
Balclutha knulli (Davidson & DeLong, 1935): TX; Cuba
Balclutha lucida (Butler, 1877): cosmopolitan
Balclutha neglecta (DeLong & Davidson, 1933): transcontinental U.S. and Canada
Balclutha nevadensis (Baker, 1903): NV
Balclutha punctata (Fabricius, 1775): cosmopolitan
Balclutha rosacea (Osborn, 1929): southeastern U.S.; Caribbean
Balclutha saltuella (Kirschbaum, 1868): cosmopolitan
Balclutha tricolor (Gmelin, 1789)

Hawaiian species

Balclutha fuscifrons Knight & Webb, 1988: HI
Balclutha grandis Namba, 1956: HI
Balclutha lobata Namba, 1956: HI
Balclutha nigriventris Knight & Webb, 1988: HI
Balclutha peregrina (Kirkaldy, 1910): HI
Balclutha phoxocephala Namba, 1956: HI
Balclutha plutonis (Kirkaldy, 1910): HI
Balclutha timberlakei (Osborn, 1935): HI
Balclutha usitata Namba, 1956: HI
Balclutha volcanicola (Kirkaldy, 1910): HI
documented to use grasses and sedges as host plants (Morgan et al. 2013)
"There is a nomenclatural/taxonomic mess in the B. punctata complex. Blocker designated a neotype for punctata which Andy accepted when synonymizing rhenana with punctata. However, European authors reject Blocker's neotype as it doesn't seem to match what Fabricius actually described as punctata, and treat rhenana as a distinct species. If this is the case however, there are multiple names described from North America that may have priority over rhenana so it doesn't seem correct to use the name for a North American taxon. Adding to the complexity, there may be unrecognized species here with distinct barcodes and subtle differences in the male genitalia, and it's difficult to know which names might apply to these. I just call them all punctata-complex for now." — Joel Kits
Print References
Morgan, A.R., A.J. Smith-Herron, and J.L. Cook. 2013. Rapid spread of Balclutha rubrostriata (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) in Texas and southwestern Louisiana, USA with notes on its associated host plants. Florida Entomologist, 96(2): 477-481. (Full Text)