Panorpa claripennis  Hine, 1901


Diagnosis:  This species is one of four in the claripennis group that are united in having short hypovalves; unbranched, straight ventral parameres with a brush of long setae on their mesal surface.  Unlike the setifera group, the aedeagal hamulus is not elongated.  Panorpa claripennis differs from the other three species in this group in not having modified lobes on the dististyles.


Distribution – Geographical:  This species is found along the east coast from New England south to northern Florida, and at the northern end of the range westward to Michigan and Wisconsin.


Distribution – Temporal:  May to July.


Ecology:  This species can be found in moist oak woodlands near swamps with a dense undergrowth of dogwood and viburnum (Byers, 1954).


Biology:  The mature larva of Panorpa claripennis has been described by Boese (1973).




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.


Byers, G.W. 1954. Notes on North American Mecoptera. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 47:484-510.


Hine, J.S. 1901a. 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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