Panorpa peterseana  Issiki, 1927

Male hypovalves broad, with short, wide, medial division, leaving long stalk of 9th sternite.  Ventral parameres long, extending well beyond base of dististyles, with short medial branch not bearing setae.  Lateral branch of ventral parameres with setae all along mesal surface.

Distribution – Geographical: 
Originally described from Shinsuiei ( = Chinshuiying), 1800 m, 18 March 1926, S. Issiki, 3♂♂, 5♀♀ (depository ?); Kunanau, 1700 m, 15 March 1927, S. Issiki, 2♂♂, 1♀ (depository ?).  Yie (1951) recorded this species from Mt. Rantaisan, 2100 m, May; and Daijurin, 1900 m, April.

Distribution – Temporal:
  Adults of this species appear to emerge very early in the season, about mid-March and most records are from the southern end of the island.

This species appears to inhabit high, moist, montane forests.

Nothing is known of immature stages or life cycle.

This species was named for Dr. P. Esben-Petersen from Silkeborg, Denmark, an early pioneering worker on Mecoptera taxonomy.


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.




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