Panorpa floridana  Byers, 1993

Diagnosis:  This species is a member of a group in which males have long 7th and 8th abdominal segments; the hypovalves are very short, reaching scarcely to the base of the aedeagus; the 9th tergite is tapered and apically rounded; and females have no posterior lobes to the genital plate.  Males of Panorpa floridana have a very elongate genital bulb with basistyles 4.3 times as long as wide, and twice as long as dististyles.  Ventral parameres two-branched, with dorsal branch bearing thick medial spines and ventral branches crossing apically.  http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/21934#page/72/mode/1up


Distribution – Geographical: 
Known from three male and two female specimens from Alachua and Clay Counties, Florida.


Distribution – Temporal: 
8 November until 25 December.


Ecology: 
Label information indicates that some of the known specimens were collected on hammocks or on saw palmetto.


Biology: 
Nothing is known of immature stages or life history.


Notes: 
This species appears to be most closely related to Panorpa rufa which also has a very elongate male genital bulb.  However, they differ in that males
of P. rufa lack the spines on the dorsal branch of the ventral valves, and the ventral branch is much shorter, not reaching the apex of the basistyles.


References:


Byers, G.W
. 1993. Autumnal Mecoptera of southeastern United States. University of Kansas Science Bulletin,  55(2):57-96.

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