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March 13, 2019

Pomponia linearis (Walker, 1850)

Filed under: Cicadini | Francis Walker | India | Pomponia | Raghu Ananth — Dan @ 1:01 am

Pomponia linearis is a cicada found in India.

Photo by Raghu Ananth taken in Bhagamandala, Coorg, India:

Pomponia linearis Cicada Found in Bhagamandala, Coorg, India by Raghu Ananth

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cicadini
SubTribe: Psithyristriina
Genus: Pomponia
Species: Pomponia linearis (Walker, 1850)

For more information about this cicada, visit Cicadas of India.

Yasumasa Saisho of the Cicadae in Japan website left a note on Facebook about this cicada:

Pomponia linearis is currently considered to contain several species (complex), for example, the population of Taiwan and Japan has been changed to Pomponia yayeyamana. See Duffels and Hayashi (2006) Tijd. Entomol., 149, 189-201.

I’m putting this at the end. It is a description of Pomponia fusca which back in the 1800s was a “synonym” of Pomponia linearis, from A Monograph of Oriental Cicadas by W. L. Distant. 1889-1892. Read it on the Biodiversity Heritage Library website:

Head, pronotum, and mesonotum are greenish-ochraceous. Head with the anterior margins of the front, an irregular central fascia to vertex enclosing the ocelli, a large spot on the inner side of eyes, and the anterior lateral angle of vertex, dark olivaceous. Pronotum with a broad central longitudinal fascia, two large oblique spots on each lateral area, and a spot on the lateral margin, brownish-olivaceous. Mesonotum with seven brownish-olivaceous spots; situate two central and obconical, between which is an arrow-shaped discal spot, a small spot on each side of the two central ones, and a long spot on each lateral area, two small spots of the same color in front of each anterior angle of the basal cruciform elevation. Abdomen pale castaneous with ochraceous pilosity. Head beneath, sternum, legs, and opercula pale greenish ; upper and apical areas of face, a spot between face and eyes, posterior margins of eyes, anterior tibiae, apices of intermediate tibiae, a spot near apices of femora, apices of anterior and intermediate tarsi, apex of rostrum, and a triangular spot between the intermediate and posterior coxae, dark fuscous. Abdomen beneath dark ochraceous.

Tegmina and wings pale hyaline ; tegmina with the costal membrane greenish, transverse veins at the bases of the second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth apical areas infuscated, and a marginal series of small fuscous spots situate at the apices of the longitudinal veins to apical areas; the venation is otherwise ochraceous, sometimes replaced by black; basal cell and claval margin brownish-ochraceous.

Wings with the venation brownish-ochraceous; claval margin darker in hue.

Long. excl. tegm.

Pomponia fusca note

March 11, 2019

Platypleura capitata (Olivier, 1790)

Filed under: India | Olivier | Platypleura | Platypleurini | Raghu Ananth | Sri Lanka — Dan @ 1:01 am

Platypleura capitata is a cicada found in Sri Lanka and India.

Photos by Raghu Ananth, taken near Mysore, India:
Platypleura capitata  by Raghu Ananth, taken near Mysore, India:

Platypleura capitata  by Raghu Ananth, taken near Mysore, India:

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Platypleurini
Genus: Platypleura
Species: Platypleura capitata (Olivier, 1790)

For more information about this cicada, visit Cicadas of India.

March 10, 2019

Macrosemia umbrata (Distant, 1888)

Macrosemia umbrata is a cicada found in China, Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand, and likely adjacent nations.

Photo by Raghu Ananth taken in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Macrosemia umbrata Cicada Found in Arunachal Pradesh, India by Raghu Ananth

This cicada is also known as Macrosemia chantrainei2. Here is a photo by Michel Chantraine:
Macrosemia chantrainei Boulard, 2003

Same insect?

Description (from when the cicada was known as Cosmopsaltria umbrata):

Male. Head and thorax above obscure olivaceous. Head with the lateral margins to the front, the area of the ocelli, and some irregular spots on each lateral area of the vertex black; eyes ochraceous. Pronotum with two u-regular central black fasciae, ampliated at base and apex, and with two at each lateral margin, the posterior margin with its edge narrowly black and a black spot near lateral angles. Mesonotum with two central blackish obconical spots, between which a narrow l)lack fascia extends to the base, and a black spot in front of each anterior angle of the basal cruciform elevation. Abdomen above largely suffused with dull black shadings. Body beneath olivaceous; a central fascia to face, the anterior margin between face and eyes, inner margins and apices of femora, and the tibia more or less blackish. Opercula olivaceous, their apices and a spot near base blackish. Abdomen beneath olivaceous, largely suffused with black shadings.

Tegmina and wings pale hyaline, the venation fuscous; tegmina with the base and costal membrane fuscous, the transverse veins at the bases of the second, third, fifth, and seventh apical areas and the apices of the longitudinal veins of apical areas infuscated.

The rostrum has the apex pitchy and just passing the posterior coxa; the opercula are somewhat narrowed, concavely sinuated on each side near the base, and narrowed towards apices, which are obtusely and reach the fourth abdominal segment.

Long. excl. tegm. 46 millim. Exp. tegm. 120 millim.

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Dundubiini
SubTribe: Macrosemiina
Genus: Macrosemia
Species: Macrosemia umbrata (Distant, 1888)

For more information about this cicada, visit Cicadas of India.

References:

  1. The description and location information comes from A Monograph of Oriental Cicadas by W. L. Distant. 1889-1892. Read it on the Biodiversity Heritage Library website.
  2. Species name information comes from Allen Sanborn’s Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha).

March 8, 2019

Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata

Filed under: Graptopsaltria | Japan | Korea | Osamu Hikino | Polyneurini — Dan @ 1:01 am

Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata is a cicada found in Japan and Korea. There are two subspecies. It is also known as Abura-zemi.

Photo by Osamu Hikino:
Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Polyneurini
SubTribe: Polyneurina
Genus: Graptopsaltria
Species:

  • Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata badia Kato, 1925
  • Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata nigrofuscata (de Motschulsky, 1866)

For more information about this cicada, visit Cicadae in Japan.

According to iNaturalist observations this cicada is found in July and August.

Species name information comes from Allen Sanborn’s Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha).

March 7, 2019

Auritibicen flammatus

Filed under: Auritibicen | Japan | Osamu Hikino | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) — Dan @ 1:01 am

There are five sub-species of Auritibicen flammatus. They are found in Japan and known as Aka-ezo-zemi.

Auritibicen flammatus adonis photo by Osamu Hikino.
A. flammatus

A. flammatus Osamu Hikino

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
SubTribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Auritibicen (formerly Lyristes and Tibicen)
Subspecies:

  • Auritibicen flammatus adonis Kato, 1933
  • Auritibicen flammatus concolor Kato, 1934
  • Auritibicen flammatus flammatus (Distant, 1892)
  • Auritibicen flammatus nakamurai Kato, 1940
  • Auritibicen flammatus viridiflavus Kato, 1939

For more information about Auritibicen flammatus, visit Cicadae in Japan.

Species name information comes from Allen Sanborn’s Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha).

March 5, 2019

Salvazana mirabilis imperialis Distant, 1918

Salvazana mirabilis imperialis is a cicada found in Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Photo by Michel Chantraine:
Salvazana mirabilis imperialis Distant, 1918

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
SubTribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Salvazana
Species: Salvazana mirabilis imperialis Distant, 1918

March 4, 2019

Salvazana mirabilis mirabilis Distant, 1913

Salvazana mirabilis mirabilis is a cicada found in Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Photo by Michel Chantraine:
Salvazana mirabilis mirabilis

Photo by Dan Mozgai:
Salvazana mirabilis

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
SubTribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Salvazana
Species: Salvazana mirabilis mirabilis Distant, 1913

March 2, 2019

Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803) aka Eastern Double Drummer

Filed under: Australia | Fabricius | Kevin Lee | Thopha | Thophini — Tags: — Dan @ 1:01 am

Thopha saccata is a cicada found in Australia. It is also known as the Eastern Double Drummer.

Photo by Dan Mozgai:
Double Drummer (Thopha saccata)

Photo by Kevin Lee:
Double Drummer (Thopha saccata)

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Thophini
Genus: Thopha
Species: Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803)

For more information about this cicada, visit A web guide to the cicadas of Australia by L. W. Popple.

February 28, 2019

Thopha sessiliba Distant, 1892

Filed under: Australia | Kees Green | Thopha | Thophini | W. L. Distant — Tags: — Dan @ 1:01 am

Thopha sessiliba is a cicada found in Australia. It is also known as the Northern Double Drummer.

Photo by Kees Green:
Thopha sessilibia by Kees Green

Thopha sessilibia by Kees Green

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Thophini
Genus: Thopha
Species: Thopha sessiliba Distant, 1892

For more information about this cicada, visit A web guide toThe cicadas of Australia by L. W. Popple.

February 27, 2019

Tosena albata Distant, 1878

Tosena albata is a cicada found in Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. In the past, this cicada was known as Tosena melanoptera.

Photo by Michel Chantraine:
Tosena albata

Description:

Tegmina with five longitudinal greyish fasciae, one occupying radial area, and the others divided by ulnar veins, two of which amalgamate with the transverse fascia, and five irregular greyish fasciae situate in the apical areas. Wings with nine greyish ray-like fasciae situate on outer margin, the one at anal area largest; two-thirds of the outer margin narrowly edged with greyish. Apices of the femora not ochraceous.

Long. excl. tegm. Male 58 to 62 millim.; Female 48 millim. Exp. tegm. Male, 140 to 155 millim. Female, 130 millim.

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Tosenini
Genus: Tosena
Species: Tosena albata Distant, 1878

For more information about this cicada, visit Cicadas of India.

References:

  1. The description and location information comes from A Monograph of Oriental Cicadas by W. L. Distant. 1889-1892. Read it on the Biodiversity Heritage Library website.
  2. Species name information comes from Allen Sanborn’s Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha).

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