Genus Ticida Uhler, 1891
Subfamily Orgeriinae Fieber, 1872
Tribe Orgeriini Fieber, 1872
Genus Ticrania Emeljanov 2006
Type species (in original combination): Ticida cingulata Uhler, 1891.
= Loxophora Van Duzee, 1908 (Type species Loxophora transversa Van Duzee, 1908); syn. by Emeljanov 2006: 73.
Subgenera were established by Emeljanov, 2006 (see below).
Distribution: Southeastern US and adjacent Mexico..
There are 6 species currently in the genus as follows:
Subgenus Heicophora Emeljanov, 2006a (type species Loxophora dammersi Van Duzee, 1934).
Ticida dammersi (Van Duzee, 1934) - USA: CA, NV, Mexico (Baja California)
= Loxophora dammersi Van Duzee, 1934:191.
= Ticida (Heicophora) dammersi (Van Duzee, 1934); comb. by Emeljanov 2006: 74.
Subgenus Ticida Uhler, 1891 (Type species Ticida cingulata Uhler, 1891).
Ticida cingulata Uhler, 1891 - USA: CA, CO, NV, UT
Ticida transversa (Van Duzee, 1908) - USA: AZ, CA, NV, UT; Mexico (Baja California)
= Loxophora transversa Van Duzee, 1908: 473.
= Ticida (Ticida) transversa (Van Duzee 1908); comb. by Emeljanov 2006: 73.
Subgenus Timodema Ball, 1909 (Type species Timodema miracula Ball, 1909); generic status revised by Emeljanov 2006a: 74 (reduced to subgenus of Ticida).
Ticida miracula Ball, 1909 - USA: AZ, CA; Mexico (Baja California)
= Timodema miracula Ball, 1909: 201.
= Ticida (Timodema) miracula Ball, 1909; revised status by Emeljanov 2006: 74.
Ticida rakitovi Emeljanov, 2006 - USA: CA; Mexico (Baja California)
Ticida subapplanta Emeljanov, 2006 - USA: AZ, NV
Known host plants:
Ticida cingulata - Yucca.
Ticida sp. - Yucca brevifolia Engelm. (Agavaceae, Joshua tree)
Brachypterous, leaving several terga visible from above, tegulae hidden (all Orgeriinae);
no callosity behind eye; head rounded or angulate, produced in front of eyes for distance less than 2/3 width of eyes.
Vertex broad and short; apical cell of vertex (areolet) absent; Front with horizontal black band above frontoclypeal suture; pronotum without lateral carinae, posterior margin shallowly concave; forewing with median and claval veins as evident carinae (Most similar to Ticrania, which does not have a black band above the frontoclypeal suture).
Keys to genus of US Orgeriinae in Doering & Darby 1943 and Doering (1955). Status of Ticida, including establishment of subgenera and subsuming Loxophora was considered by Emeljanov, 2006.
Ticida cingulata (All photos by Rick Donovall or Kimberley Shropshire, Department of Entomology, University of Delaware)
Ticida is found here on Bugguide.
Found by inspecting hosts.
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Ball, E. D. and A. Hartzell. 1922. A review of the desert leafhoppers of the Orgerini (Rhynchota Fulgoridae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 15: 137-152.
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Doering, K. C. and H. H. Darby. 1943. A contribution to the taxonomy of the genus Orgerius in America, north of Mexico (Fulgoridae, Homoptera). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 16(2-3): 64-98.
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