Panorpa ochraceocauda Issiki, 1927
Diagnosis: Vertex of head and thoracic nota black, without medial pale stripe. Male hypovalves broad and short, only about 2/3 length of basistytles. Medial cleft between hypovalves broad, but not very long. Ventral parameres short, arising at mid-length of basistyle, branched. Lateral branch of ventral paramere a short brush of thick bristles, with basal flat plate. Two basal branches of ventral parmeres angled obliquely towards medial line. Female genital plate with broad, paddle-like lateral arms.
Distribution – Geographical: Originally described from Tattaka, May 1927, K. Fukuda, 1♂, 1♀ (depository ?); same locality, 20 July 1925, S. Issiki, 1♀ (depository ?). Yie (1951) recorded this species from Mt. Rantaisan ( = Lantashan), 2100 m, May. Additional records are: no specific locality or date, S. Issiki, 1♂ (USNM); Taichung County, DA Shue Shan, 24°15.264’N, 121°00.457’E, 2243 m, 22 April 2010, Chen Yen-Lin, 2♂♂ (CAS); Hsinchu County, Shei-Pa National Park, Wa-lu East, 24°30.057’N, 121°07.439’E, 2043 m, 30 April 2010, A. & N. Penny, Tsou Mei-Hua, and C.–F. Lee, 2♂♂, 1♀ (CAS); same localityand collectors, except 1 May 2010, 2♂♂ (CAS); Shei-Pa National Park, Wa-lu West, 24°30.057’N, 121°06.755’E, 2057 m, 1 May 2010, A. & N. Penny, Tsou Mei-Hua, and C.-F. Lee, 1♂, 1♀ (CAS).
Distribution – Temporal: Adults of this species emerge between late April and late July.
Ecology: This species is found in high, cool, moist, montane forests. Many of the individuals in Shei-Pa National Park were collected at flowers high in the trees (at 5 m height).
Biology: Yie (1951) indicates that there are 38.8 eggs per egg cluster. The morphology and development of the immature stages is discussed.
Notes: Apparently there has been no lectotype or neotype designated.
Issiki, S. 1927. New and Rare Species of Mecoptera from Corea, Formosa and Japan. Insecta Matsumurana, 2:1-12.
Yie, S.-T. 1951. The Biology of Formosan Panorpidae and Morphology of Eleven Species of their immature Stages. Memoirs of the College of Agriculture, National Taiwan University 2(4):1-111.