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April 9, 2013

Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico

We are excited to announce the availability of a document by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips titled Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico. This document features distribution maps for North American cicada species! This document is an excellent companion to The Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae) of North America North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Maxine S. Heath (link to that book).

You can download the PDF here www.cicadamania.com/downloads/diversity-05-00166.pdf.

Abstract: We describe and illustrate the biogeography of the cicadas inhabiting continental North America, north of Mexico. Species distributions were determined through our collecting efforts as well as label data from more than 110 institutional collections. The status of subspecies is discussed with respect to their distributions. As we have shown over limited geographic areas, the distribution of individual species is related to the habitat in which they are found. We discuss the biogeography of the genera with respect to their phylogenetic relationships. California is the state with the greatest alpha diversity (89 species, 46.6% of taxa) and unique species (35 species, 18.3% of taxa). Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Utah are the states with the next greatest alpha diversity with Texas, Arizona and Utah being next for unique species diversity. Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are the states with the least amount of cicada diversity. Diversity is greatest in states and areas where there is a diversity of plant communities and habitats within these communities. Mountainous terrain also coincides with increases in diversity. Several regions of the focus area require additional collection efforts to fill in the distributions of several species.
Keywords: cicada; distribution; Diceroprocta; Tibicen; Okanagana; Okanagodes; Cacama; Magicicada; Platypedia; Cicadetta

An example of a map from the document:

Example Map

May 24, 2010

Diceroprocta olympusa calling

Filed under: Diceroprocta,Joe Green,Video — by @ 5:48 pm

Joe Green reported that the Diceroprocta olympusa have started calling in Southwest Florida (Lehigh Acres).

Here’s some video featuring their song:

D. olympusa cicada stops when approached in Lehigh by Joe Green from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

January 16, 2010

Diceroprocta viridifascia (aka Salt Marsh Cicada) calls

Filed under: Diceroprocta,Joe Green,Sounds,Video — Tags: — by @ 3:18 pm

Here’s some D. viridifascia calls recorded by Joe Green. You can hear them, but you won’t see them in the video.

They sound like Maracas to me.

D. viridifascia calling by Joe Green from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

D. viridifascia calling by Joe Green from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

There’s plenty of pictures of D. viridifascia on the Bug Guide website.

January 9, 2010

Diceroprocta alarm call

Filed under: Diceroprocta,Florida,Joe Green,Video — by @ 3:15 pm

D. olympusa alarm call by Joe Green

D. olympusa alarm call by Joe Green from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

D. olympusa alarm call by Joe Green

file (Cicada's 7-07 #1 054)

January 8, 2010

Diceroprocta viridifascia cicada calling

Filed under: Diceroprocta,Joe Green,Video — by @ 3:20 pm

D. viridifascia cicada calling by Joe Green

D. viridifascia cicada calling by Joe Green from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

D. viridifascia cicada calling on Stringfellow Road, Pine Island by Joe Green

File: Cicada's 7-07 #1 053

Diceroprocta olympusa (Walker, 1850)

Filed under: Diceroprocta — Tags: — by @ 5:11 am

Diceroprocta olympusa aka the Scrub Cicada can be found in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Diceroprocta olympusa

Listen to various D. olympusa calls.

Diceroprocta viridifascia (Walker, 1850)

Filed under: Diceroprocta — Tags: — by @ 5:01 am

Diceroprocta viridifascia aka the Salt Marsh Cicada can be found in AL, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

These videos feature the call of the D. viridifascia.

May 27, 2008

New galleries: Neocicada hieroglyphica, Diceroprocta olympusa and Tibicen resonans

Filed under: Diceroprocta,Florida,Joe Green,Neocicada,Tibicen — by @ 9:47 pm

Thanks to Cicada Mania friend Joe Green we now have 3 new cicada galleries featuring cicadas we didn’t have before one the site: Neocicada hieroglyphica, Diceroprocta olympusa and Tibicen resonans.

Neocicada hieroglyphica by Joe Green, 2007

Hang in there, we’ll be back to the 17 Year Cicadas tomorrow.

July 11, 2007

New Adam Fleishman’s Diceroprocta apache gallery

Filed under: Diceroprocta — Tags: — by @ 7:30 pm

Enjoy this gallery of Diceroprocta apache photos by Adam Fleishman.

Diceroprocta apache

May 28, 2007

Diceroprocta vitripennis. out in Mississippi

Filed under: Diceroprocta,Paul Krombholz — by @ 9:34 am

Here’s a break in the Magicicada mania: a Diceroprocta vitripennis. This photo was taken by Cicada Mania regular Paul Krombholz in Jackson Mississippi just last week. Cicadas like Diceroprocta vitripennis are annual cicadas: they emerge each year in small numbers, and as you can see, they rely on camouflage for survival. Annual cicadas are also quite shy compared to the periodic Magicicadas — they have very different life strategies. American annual cicadas rely on stealth and cunning to survive while searching for a mate. Periodic cicadas rely on the fact that there are so many of them, that some will always survive to carry on the species.

Diceroprocta vitripennisDiceroprocta vitripennis

Notes from Paul:

I am continuing this season to try to get pictures of all the cicadas in the
Jackson, Mississippi area. I just got a female specimen of Diceroprocta
vitripennis. I found it in low vegetation on a sand bar next to the Pearl
River. Thanks to John Davis and the collectors at the Mississippi Museum of
Science for the tip on where to look for them! From head to wing tips, it
is 38 mm, but the wings of this species are longer in relation to body
length than those of Tibicens. Body length of this vitripennis was only
22mm.

More Diceroprocta vitripennis photos from Paul.

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