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January 15, 2024

A Platypleura kaempferi

Filed under: Asia (Continent) | Platypleura | Platypleurini | Richard Newfrock — Dan @ 12:58 pm

This cicada is a Platypleura kaempferi. The photo comes from us from Richard Newfrock. Platypleura kaempferi is a member of the tribe Platypleurini. P. kaempfer is found in China, South Korea, Japan and other locations — even Poland (but that cicada was likely transported along with produce or in the root ball of a plant). Platypleura means flat/broad sides, and kaempferi likely refers to Emil Kaempfer or Kaempfer’s woodpecker, whose wing resembles the wing of the cicada.

There are three species of Platypleura kaempferi1 (I don’t know what distinguishes them. I don’t see the separate subspecies on iNaturalist either):

  1. P. kaempferi brevipennis Naruse, 1983, which seems to be found in Japan.
  2. P. kaempferi ridleyana Distant, 1905, which seems to be found exclusively in the Malay peninsula.
  3. P. kaempferi kaempferi (Fabricius, 1794), which is found throughout Asia.

Platypleura

Platypleura

Here’s the iNaturalist collection of Platypleura kaempferi photos.

Here’s a comparison of the wing of Kaempfer’s Woodpecker with out possible Platypleura kaempferi:

Wing comparison

Although the woodpecker and cicada resemble each other, Yasumasa Saisho let us know that Platypleura kaempferi was described by the German biologist Engelbert Kämpfer, and its scientific name is derived from it.

Richard Newfrock took the photo of the cicada, and Joao Quental took the photo of Kaempfer’s Woodpecker (Celeus obrieni, Caxias, Maranhão, Brasil) which is under a CC BY 2.0 license.

1 Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-416647-9.00001-2 © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

A Yanga pulverea from Moramanga, Madagascar

Filed under: Africa (Continent) | Madagascar | Platypleurini | Richard Newfrock | Yanga — Dan @ 12:28 pm

This is a Yanga pulverea from Moramonga, Madagascar from the collection of Richard Newfrock.

This is a Yanga pulverea from Moramonga, Mogagascar from the collection of Richard Newfrock.

Yanga pulverea belongs to the cicada tribe Platypleurini, which are known for their prominent pronotal collars and infuscations on their wings. Platy means broad & flat, and pleur means side. Broad side, flat side. I don’t know the root of the word Yanga, but pulverea means power or dust. Here’s photos of living Y. pulvera on iNaturalist.

March 24, 2020

A wonderful collection of cicadas from south-east Asia

Filed under: Asia (Continent) | Richard Newfrock — Dan @ 5:50 pm

A wonderful assortment of cicadas from south-east Asia from the collection of Richard Newfrock.

Click the image below for a larger version. Have fun guessing at the names of the cicadas in the comment section.

A wonderful collection of cicadas from south-east Asia by Richard Newfrock

Fidicinoides spinicosta

Filed under: Colombia | Fidicinini | Fidicinoides | Richard Newfrock — Dan @ 5:46 pm

A Fidicinoides spinicosta from the collection of Richard Newfrock. Colombia. Misspelling on the label.

Fidicinoides spinicosta by Richard Newfrock

Fidicina mannifera

Filed under: Fidicina | Fidicinini | Richard Newfrock — Tags: — Dan @ 5:41 pm

A Fidicina mannifera from the collection of Richard Newfrock. Peru.

Fidicina mannifera  by Richard Newfrock

Carineta diardi

Filed under: Argentina | Carineta | Carinetini | Richard Newfrock — Tags: — Dan @ 5:33 pm

A pair of Carineta diardi from the collection of Richard Newfrock. From Argentina.

Carineta diardi by Richard Newfrock

A pair of Neotibicen pruinosus

Filed under: Neotibicen | Richard Newfrock | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 5:25 pm

A pair of Neotibicen pruinosus aka Scissor Grinder from the collection of Richard Newfrock.

Neotibicen pruinosis by Richard Newfrock

Okanagana canadensis the Canadian Cicada

Filed under: Canada | Okanagana | Richard Newfrock — Tags: — Dan @ 5:15 pm

Three photos of Okanagana canadensis the Canadian Cicada from the collection of Richard Newfrock.

Okanagana canadensis by Richard Newfrock

A pair of Zammara smaragdina

Filed under: Honduras | Richard Newfrock | Zammara | Zammarini — Dan @ 5:10 pm

A pair of Zammara smaragdina from the collection of Richard Newfrock.

Zammara smaragdina by Richard Newfrock

February 20, 2019

Paratalainga distanti (Jacobi, 1902)

Filed under: Jacobi | Paratalainga | Richard Newfrock | Talaingini | Thailand | Vietnam — Dan @ 5:21 am

Paratalainga distanti (Jacobi, 1902) is a cicada found in Vietnam, Thailand… and likely adjacent nations. One thing that makes this cicada unique, as well as other members of the tribe Talaingini, is the large number of cells that compose its forewings (tegmina with the nervuration densely reticulate).

Paratalainga distanti photo by Richard Newfrock:
Paratalainga distanti

Specimen identified using the book The Cicadas of Thailand vol 2 by Michel Boulard (page 286).

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Talaingini
SubTribe: Talaingina
Genus: Paratalainga
Species: Paratalainga distanti (Jacobi, 1902)

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