Revision of the Bamboo Delphacid Genus Belocera (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea: Delphacidae)

Xiangsheng Chen, Lin Yang, James H. Tsai

Abstract


Planthoppers in the genus Belocera Muir, 1913 (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea: Delphacidae: Delphacinae: Tropidocephalini) feed exclusively on bamboo (Poaceae: Bambusoideae). Three species, B. sinensis Muir (Macao, Taiwan, Guizhou, Hainan, China), B. nigrinotalis Ding and Yang (Yunnan, China), B. fuscifrons Chen (Guizhou, China), and 2 new species, B. lanpingensis Chen and Yang sp. nov. (Yunnan, China), B. ampelocalama Chen and Tsai sp. nov. (Guizhou, China) are described in this manuscript. One new synonymy reported, B. huangbiana Kuoh, 1980 is a junior synonym of B. sinensis Muir, 1913. The male of B. fuscifrons is reported and described for the first time. The generic characteristics are redefined. The main morphological features, male genitalia of 5 species and female genitalia of 3 species are described or redescribed and illustrated (excluding B. nigrinotalis). A key for identifying the species of the genus of Belocera is provided.

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