Panorpa banksi  Hine, 1901


Diagnosis:  This species is part of the nebulosa group with speckled wings and male without an anal horn on the 6th abdominal tergite.  Furthermore, P. banksi belongs to a subgroup without a tuft of spines at the apico-mesal corner of the basistyles and no bristles along the mesal margin of the hypovalves.  Within this subgroup P. banksi is distinctive due to its elongate male genital bulb, elongate ventral parameres, and lack of elongation of the aedeagus between the dististyles.


Distribution – Geographical:  This species is found in a spotty distribution along the East Coast of U.S.A from Maine southward to Georgia and westward in the Midwest from Indiana to southeastern Iowa.


Distribution – Temporal:  10 May until 26 August.


Ecology:  This species is found in shaded broadleaf forests with high humidity.  Adults rest on herbaceous understory plants, such as raspberry and poison ivy.


Biology:  This species has been reared by A.R. (Randy) Thornhill and the fourth instar larva described by Ann Boese (1973).


Notes:  This species was named for Nathan Banks, longtime Professor at Harvard University and student of Neuroptera and Mecoptera systematics.




Boese, A.E. 1973. Descriptions of larvae and key to fourth instars of North American Panorpa (Mecoptera: Panorpidae). Kansas University Science Bulletin, 50:163-186.


Hine, J.S. 1901. A Review of the Panorpidae of America north of Mexico.  Bulletin of the scientific Laboratories of Denison University, 11:241-264.



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