Series: RES Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects Volume: 02/02C
By: WJ Le Quesne and KR Payne
95 pages, plates with 446 b/w line drawings
The Auchenorhyncha is generally regarded as being divided into two series, the Cicadomorpha and the Fulgoromorpha. The latter group of about 84 species was keyed in an earlier handbook (Le Quesne, 1960). The Cicadomorpha forms the larger series, keys to all except the subfamily Typhlocybinae of the Cicadellidae being published as handbooks in 1965 and 1969 (Le Quesne, 1965a, 1969). The present handbook is aimed at completing the work on the British Auchenorhyncha by dealing with the 95 species of the Typhlocybinae. It also includes a revised check list of all the British Auchenorhyncha. The sections dealing with the Typhlocybinae are the work of W.J. Le Quesne whilst K.R. Payne was responsible for preparing the check list.
The subfamily Typhlocybinae consists of small and frail species of leaf-hoppers, of overall length less than 5.5 mm. The British species are all macropterous as adults and without any forking or cross-veins in the basal two-thirds of the fore wing. Many of the British species of this subfamily can be recognised from the keys and figures of Ribaut (1936) and China (1942). However, there has been a substantial amount of subsequent work by European authors, especially Dworakowska, Giinthart and Anufriev, which affects the British fauna.
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