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Species Acutalis tartarea

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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 (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Family Membracidae (Treehoppers)
Subfamily Smiliinae
Tribe Acutalini
Genus Acutalis
Species tartarea (Acutalis tartarea)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acutalis brunnea (Provancher 1872) [a light-colored form; synonymy supported by barcoding data, per K.G.A. Hamilton]; Acutalis semicrema (Say 1830) [see, e.g., Tsai & Kopp 1980]
Explanation of Names
Acutalis tartarea (Say 1830)
the epithet may allude to the mythical Tartarus, a dark, gloomy place
Size
4.0-4.5 mm(1)
Range
e. NA (to UT)(1)(2)
Season
May-Oct in NC(3), multiple generations throughout the year in FL(1)
Food
Uses a variety of host plants: black locust, ragweed (Ambrosia spp.), and various species of sunflower and goldenrod, etc.
Print References
Tsai J.H., Kopp, D.D. (1981[1980]) Life history, morphology, and taxonomy of Acutalis tartarea (Say) (Homoptera: Membracidae). J. N.Y. Ent. Soc. 88: 174–185.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Rothschild M.J. (2012) A checklist of the Membracidae of Florida
2.Richness of the Nearctic treehopper fauna (Hemiptera: Aetalionidae and Membracidae)
Deitz L.L., Wallace M.S. 2012. Zootaxa 3423: 1–26.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.