Wednesday, 20 November 2002

This presentation is part of : Display Presentations, Subsection Cd. Behavior and Ecology

Minimum flight temperature and wing morphology in cicadas (Homoptera: Cicadoidea)

Allen F. Sanborn, Marla R.M. Gebaide, Carolina G. Valdes, and Laura Perez. Barry University, School of Natural & Health Sciences, 11300 NE Second Avenue, Miami Shores, FL

The wing morphology of cicadas was analyzed to determine any effect on minimum flight temperature. Wing morphology (wing length, wing span, wing area, wing loading) scale to body mass as predicted through geometric relationships both within and between species. We found a significant correlation between minimum flight temperature and body mass, wing length, wing span, and wing area for cicadas as a group but no intraspecific relationship was found.

Species 1: Homoptera Cicadidae (cicadas)
Species 2: Homoptera Tibicinidae
Keywords: aerodynamics, flight

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