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Genus Pintalia

Pintalia delicata Mystery bug - Pintalia vibex Pintalia vibex Kramer - Pintalia vibex Hopper - Pintalia vibex Gray-margined planthopper - Pintalia vibex Cixiidae, lateral - Pintalia vibex Pintalia vibex? - Pintalia vibex Cixiidae, lateral - Pintalia delicata
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Fulgoromorpha (Planthoppers)
Superfamily Delphacoidea
Family Cixiidae (Cixiid Planthoppers)
Subfamily Cixiinae
Tribe Pintaliini
Genus Pintalia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
= Ciocixius Metcalf, 1923
= Cotyleceps Uhler, 1895
= Metabrixia Fowler, 1904
Explanation of Names
Pintalia Stål 1862
Type species (in original combination): Pintalia lateralis Stål, 1862
Numbers
3 spp. in our area, ~80 total(1)
Pintalia delicata (Fowler, 1904): eastern to southwestern U.S. to Nicaragua
Pintalia gurneyi Kramer, 1983: southeastern U.S.
Pintalia vibex Kramer, 1983: eastern U.S.
Identification
the only cixiid to hold its wings vertically when folded. P. delicata is distinguished by the contrasting pale stripe down the back; P. vibex occurs in the se. US. (Dr Hamilton)
Range
US (esp. southeast) to S. America(1)
Remarks
Definitive identification of these species is difficult without a male specimen on hand. Pintalia vibex Kramer, 1983 is significantly more common than P. gurneyi Kramer, 1983, but the former is highly variable in color and overlaps in form with the latter. Thus, many identifications of P. vibex on BugGuide are tentative.
Additionally, none of the U.S. taxa belong to Pintalia in the strict sense and will likely be split out of the genus in the future, likely with the status of Metabrixia Fowler being reinstated.

Pintalia delicata (Fowler, 1904)


Pintalia gurneyi Kramer, 1983


Pintalia vibex Kramer, 1983
Internet References
Genus Page - Univ. Delaware(1)