|scientific name Neottiglossa |
Found in grassy habitats across North America.
Adults can be found from June to August.
Genus Neottiglossa lacks a spine at the base of abdominal segment three. They are elongate and oval and are less than 7mm in length. They have a dark colouration with pale markings. The beak just about reaches the hind coxae and the antennae are fairly short and slender. The head is strongly bent downwards and the cheeks are longer than the clypeus (Blatchley 1982). The scutellum is rounded apically. Neottiglossa is easily mistaken with genus Aelia but can be distinguished by its smaller size, the structure of the propleura and exposed antennifers. There are two subgenus in Neottiglossa; subgenus Neottiglossa Kirby and Texas Kirkaldy. The can be distinguished from each other by looking at the colouration. Subgenus Neottiglossa has a pale colouration whereas Texas has black surfaces and coxae (Rider 1989).
Overwinter as adults (McPherson 1982).
Genus Neottiglossa is common across North America.
In general Neottiglossa feed on most species of Fabaceae, Poaceae and Lamiaceae. However, N. bifida feed exclusively on Salsola vermiculata and Juncus sp (Rider 2005 ).
Genus Neottiglossa occurs across all of North America. Neottiglossa undata and N. trilineata are the most widespread. Neottiglossa tumidifrons is restricted to the west coast, south of Vancouver Island. Neottiglossa cavifrons is restricted to the southern states (Scudder 2004).
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