Native: Essex & Kent County
Head: Shiny, brown-black to light brown. Eyes light green.
Antenna: Base (scape) pale. Segments thin, black; twice as long as body. Thicker on male.
Thorax: Brown-black to light brown; some yellowish lines on outer edges.
Wings: Brown-black with white Â veins and a white to dark gray triangle stigma, usually darker on male. Tips iridescent in certain lights.
Legs: Thighs (femora) brownish-yellow, shins (tibiae) and feet darker.
Abdomen: Dark brown with white to light yellow on segment edges.
Size: 7 to 8 mm long.
Flight Time: July and August
Habitat: Trees, usually encountered as a large group.
Food: Lichen, fungi, dead bark.
Life Cycle: Over-winters as an egg. Eggs are clustered and usually covered with silver-gray excretions, laid on bark, usually. Nymphs have 4 to 6 molts. All stages of nymphs are gray to brown with yellow bands on abdomen; similar to adults with no wings. Nymphs mature in late July, early August. Often found in large flocks on tree trunks and branches. If disturbed, they will all move away together, seldom flying. Attracted to light at night.
Comments: Essex County – Ojibway Prairies Kent County – Rondeau Provincial Park
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