Genus Parkana Beamer, 1950
Family Delphacidae Leech, 1815
Subfamily Delphacinae Leech, 1815
Tribe Delphacini Leech, 1815
Genus Parkana Beamer 1950
Distribution: Western USA and adjacent Canada - probably associated with a specific mountain habitat.
Type species: Parkana alata Beamer, 1950.
Only one species is in this genus
Parkana alata Beamer, 1950 - USA: Arizona, Montana, Utah, Wyoming; Canada: British Columbia
Recorded Hosts: None.
Limited, this is an uncommon species of no known economic importance.
Sexually dimorphic, with very distinctive male genitalia. The male pygofer appears ventrally compressed in lateral view and the opening bears asymmetrical median processes (median processes are seen in very few genera, with Pissonotus, Scolopygos, and Perkinsiella the most obvious. The parameres are quite unusual.
Parkana alata (All photos by Kimberley Shropshire, Dept. of Entomology, University of Delaware)
Aedeagus + parameres removed
Parkana alata - Female
Molecular resources: None
Beamer, R.H. 1950. Five new genera of delphacine fulgorids (Homoptera - Fulgoridae - Delphacinae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 23(4): 128-133.