Raghu Ananth sent us these photos of cicadas from India. If you can identify them, let use know.
UPDATE: David Emery provided use with these ID’s, in Order from Top to Bottom:
Macrosemia umbrata. Platypleura capitata, Platypleura sp and Pomponia linearis.
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Cicada Found in Arunachal Pradesh, India: Macrosemia umbrata
Cicada Found Near Mysore, India: Platypleura capitata
Cicada Found in Kukke Subramanya: Platypleura sp
Cicada Found in Bhagamandala, Coorg, India: Pomponia linearis
Here’s a cicada I never thought I would see, but thanks to Raghu Ananth, here are two photos of a
Tosena sibyla Gaeana atkinsoni .
This photo was taken on May 2nd, 2009:
Note the characteristic double stripes on the fore wings. Note how the smaller stripe doesn’t make it all the way to the claval fold.
Here are observations about this cicada provided by Raghu Ananth:
Brief description -
The cicada has red eyes, red thorax with black patch above, red abdomen, black wings with yellow veins and a large yellow patch lines on the wings.
Numbers. found – several dozens.
Habitat – tree barks near forest path
length – 4-5 cms
The orange-red coloured cicada is one of the beautiful cicadas in the forests. It has a red body, red eyes and black wings with yellow patches. During one of our trips to the evergreen forests in the Uttara Kannada district (Karnataka), we spotted two of them camouflaged on the bark of each tree, actively walking up and down and then appearing a colourful red when in flight from one bark of the tree to another. Their singing, however, seemed not in sync with each another. On our approach they would try to hide behind the bark or fly to a distant tree.
This illustration of a
T. sibylla Gaeana atkinsoni comes from the document A monograph of oriental cicadidae (1892) by William Lucas Distant.
If you’re curious as to what cicadas in India look like, check out India Nature Watch, and visit their Cicadidae and Cicada pages. Try a search on their site too to reveal more.
This cicada is particularly pretty.
Update (2012), also visit The Cicadas of India Facebook group.