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Species Draeculacephala navicula

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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)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers, Treehoppers and Aetalionids)
Family Cicadellidae (Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Cicadellinae (Sharpshooters)
Tribe Cicadellini
Genus Draeculacephala
Species navicula (Draeculacephala navicula)
Explanation of Names
Draeculacephala navicula (Hamilton, 1985)
navicula = 'small ship'
Size
♂♂ 6.2-6.6mm, ♀♀ 7.6-8.4mm
Identification
A *nearly* always unmarked yellow-green species, it's morphologically somewhat similar to Draeculacephala antica and D. bradleyi. Unlike D. antica, males have a pale tan face and underside, lacking mesosternal maculae. Both males and females have very long heads—females often look as if they have been "pinched" at the tip and stretched outwards, similar to D. producta. However, this trait can be found in southern antica that share the same range, so it is imperative that clear photos of the underside are taken. This species lacks the decurved tip of the head seen in antica
note pale underside:

female (left) seen with mesosternal maculae:
Range
Texas, Oklahoma (BG and iNat records) and Mexico; possibly elsewhere in the southwest.
Food
Grasses
See Also
Draeculacephala antica — a similar species with a contrastingly darker face and thorax. the tip of the head is noticeably decurved.


Draeculacephala californica — a similar species found farther west.


Draeculacephala constricta — a similar species that's somewhat smaller; widespread in the Eastern U.S.