Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/18/1997
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Bush katydids (Phaneropterinae) are exclusively plant feeding insects, many of which are known to cause moderate to severe damage to flowers, leaves, and seeds of ornamental plants and agricultural crops. Eggs of several species of the New World genus Montezumina have been intercepted by APHIS/PPQ on agricultural products on numerous occasions. This paper adds to our knowledge of the species of the genus Montezumina, presenting information on two species that will facilitate identification of them. This information will be useful to port identifiers and other regulatory personnel charged with insect identification.
Technical Abstract: The male of Montezumina inca Nickle is described for the first time. This description substantiates the conjecture that this northern South American species in a predominantly Central American genus is related to members of the bradleyi group, based on color patterns of the forefemora and morphological similarities of the tenth tergite and cercus to members of that group. Another Central American species--Montezumina maya Nickle, new species--is also described herein for the first time. Based on the presence of styles on the male subgenital plate, it is a cryptic species closely related to M. longistyle Marquez.