Flatid bug
Location: Unknown- possibly Central America
June 17, 2011 5:21 am
Hello,
I’m currently updating our small Hemiptera collection at Manchester Museum. This specimen came with no label. I’ve searched for visual information online but have found nothing save for a plate in Biologia Centrali America which shows an illustration of a similar looking species. The plate can be found here (no. 17)
http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/bca/navigation/bca_18_01_00/bca_18_01_00showplate.cfm?id=172
The Biologia Centrali-America lists the species as Flata conspersa (its modern name seems to be Doria conspersa), however I can find no more information on this insect, and was hoping I could get a second opinion. Is it a Doria?
Many Thanks,
Signature: Gina Allnatt, Curatorial Trainee at Manchester Museum

Flatid Planthopper

Goodness Gina,
You probably have better credentials than we have.  We’re just visual artists with a little extra time on our hands and we have no formal entomological or even naturally scientific training.  Based on our visual observations compared
the gorgeous old illustration in the image in the link you provided, we believe you have nailed this identification as Flata conspersa, the genus which has obviously undergone more recent taxonomic revision.  We would suggest that you log onto our posting and supply a comment.  In the future, should an expert in Flatids write to us, that person may be able to confirm this identification and you will automatically be notified.

4 Responses to Museum Specimen Flatid Planthopper needs Identification

  1. curatorialtrainee says:

    Hi Daniel!

    Many thanks for your help and putting this out there. We have very little literature on planthoppers and lantern bugs so I was just making do with the best I can really! Hopefully more people can confirm the identity of this critter.

    x Gina

  2. dominikhofer says:

    Using your own words, I am also only a visual “artist” and I think this one looks in my eyes rather like Ormenis erminia, that would be #20 from the same link of Biologia Centrali-Americana. Note the fine rounded line at the outer side of the forewing and the slightly and flattened s-shaped underwing. In Doria conspersa I cannot see this fine line and the underwing has just a round shape. The veination on the underwing might also look slightly different, however, this is tricky to verify due to the damaged and folded specimen and the smaller illustration in BCA. The only thing which is confusing is the color of the body compared to the illustration, but that might be to changes during conservation. Besdies the body color I am still tending to Ormenis erminia. The actual name, however, might have changed in Adexia erminia (Metcalf 1957).
    http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/details/species/id/9286292
    This might also be Adexia erminia:
    http://gallery.kunzweb.net/main.php?g2_itemId=28692
    With this one I am not so sure if it is Doria conspersa or Adexia erminia. I might see there a tiny fine line.

    • bugman says:

      Thanks so much for the extensive and highly analytical comment. We are not certain if Gina is still working on this particular identification as her submission was nearly three years ago.

  3. dominikhofer says:

    Using your own words, I am also only a visual “artist” and I think this one looks in my eyes rather like Ormenis erminia, that would be #20 from the same link of Biologia Centrali-Americana. Note the fine rounded line at the outer side of the forewing and the slightly and flattened s-shaped underwing. In Doria conspersa I cannot see this fine line and the underwing has just a round shape. The veination on the underwing might also look slightly different, however, this is tricky to verify due to the damaged and folded specimen and the smaller illustration in BCA. The only thing which is confusing is the color of the body compared to the illustration, but that might be to changes during conservation. Besdies the body color I am still tending to Ormenis erminia. The actual name, however, might have changed in Adexia erminia (Metcalf 1957).
    http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/details/species/id/9286292
    This might also be Adexia erminia:
    http://gallery.kunzweb.net/main.php?g2_itemId=28692
    With this one I am not so sure if it is Doria conspersa or Adexia erminia. I might see there a tiny fine line.

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