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Species Acutalis tartarea

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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
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers and Treehoppers)
Family Membracidae (Typical 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
4.0-4.5 mm(1)
e. NA (to UT)(1)(2)
May-Oct in NC(3), multiple generations throughout the year in FL(1)
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.