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April 24, 2016

Platypedia falcata Davis, 1920

Filed under: Platypedia | Platypediini | United States | William T. Davis — Tags: — Dan @ 3:21 am

Platypedia falcata Davis, 1920

Name, Location and Description

From W.T. Davis’ key to Platypedia1

A. Fore wings more than twice as long as broad.

B. Large, expanding 40 millimeters or over; uncus when viewed from above long and narrow.

CC. Head broader across the eyes with front not as strongly produced. Uncus viewed in profile arched at the top, the arch extending to the extremity, which is thickened; uncus also deepened near the base in typical putnami and areolata.

EE. Body black with brassy or greenish reflections. Fore femora almost entirely chestnut colored. Membranes at the base of fore wings pale, often almost white. Vein separating the radial cell from ulnar cells usually pale throughout its length.

Uncus when viewed in profile evenly arched at the top, and with a lower line straight for part of its length before the hooked extremity. The hairs on the front of the head are long and conspicuous. Costal margin of fore wings chestnut colored. Expands 45 millimeters. Occurs in Texas falcata new species.

Classification:

Platypedia falcata Davis, 1920

List of sources

  1. Davis, W.T. North American Cicadas Belonging to the Genera Platypedia and Melampsalta. Journal of the New York Entomological Society. V28. Pp 95-135. 1920. Link.
  2. Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
  3. Common names: BugGuide.net; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
  4. Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
  5. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.
  6. Tribe information comes from: MARSHALL, DAVID C. et al. A molecular phylogeny of the cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with a review of tribe and subfamily classification. Zootaxa, [S.l.], v. 4424, n. 1, p. 1–64, may 2018. ISSN 1175-5334. Available at: https://www.biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4424.1.1

Notes:

  • Some descriptions are based on aged specimens which have lost some or a lot of their color.