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April 3, 2020

Cacama valvata (Uhler, 1888) aka Common Cactus Dodger

Filed under: Cacama,Cryptotympanini,Philip Reese Uhler,United States — Tags: — Dan @ 5:44 pm

Cacama valvata (Uhler, 1888) aka Common Cactus Dodger.

Cacama valvata male
Male. Photo credit: by Adam Fleishman.

Cacama valvata cicada photo by Adam Fleishman
Female. Photo credit: by Adam Fleishman.

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Song:


Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: C. valvata

Video Playlist

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Name, Location and Description

Wm. T. Davis descriptions

A description of the Cacama cicadas from CICADAS OF THE GENUS CACAMA, WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SEVERAL NEW SPECIES1:

In Cacama the tympanal coverings in the male entirely conceal the orifices, which is also the case in the genus Tibicen, but the head including the eyes is much narrower in Cacama, being little more than two thirds the width of the mesonotum. The abdomen is broad and much rounded behind ; in Tibicen it is more tapering. The apical areas of the fore wings in Cacama are eight in number, the two lowermost small and somewhat square in shape. In Tibicen the two lowest apical areas are not as nearly of the same size, the seventh being much smaller than the eighth.

Specifically about Cacama valvata:

Mr. Woodgate writes of the valvata he sent from Jemez Springs, N. M., that they were very shy and often found about the bush cactus. Some he took in the evening while they were at rest on the cactus. “They are the only insects except ants that can settle on the bush cactus without impaling themselves. The toughest beetles become impaled when they settle on this cactus and the ants proceed to eat them, but these Cicadas that have a very swift flight, can settle with impunity.” He says that “their song is not sustained for more than about two minutes in the brightest sunshine even.”

Classification:

Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
Subtribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Cacama
Species: Cacama valvata (Uhler, 1888)

List of sources

  1. (1) Davis, W.T. 1919. CICADAS OF THE GENUS CACAMA, WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SEVERAL NEW SPECIES. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. XXVII, No. I. Read it on archive.org.
  2. Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
  3. Common names: BugGuide.net; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
  4. Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
  5. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.

Notes:

  • Some descriptions are based on aged specimens which have lost some or a lot of their color.

March 7, 2020

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman, part 4

Filed under: Adam Fleishman,Cacama,Cryptotympanini — Tags: — Dan @ 2:35 pm

View other parts of this set: part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Adam Fleishman has captured some amazing photos of Cacama valvata cicadas. They were taken in Tucson, AZ. Elevation 2,450 ft. See more of Adam’s work at his photography web site: Cometmoth Sight and Sound.

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman, part 3

Filed under: Adam Fleishman,Cacama,Cryptotympanini — Tags: — Dan @ 2:32 pm

View other parts of this set: part 1, part 2, and part 4.

Adam Fleishman has captured some amazing photos of Cacama valvata cicadas. They were taken in Tucson, AZ. Elevation 2,450 ft. See more of Adam’s work at his photography web site: Cometmoth Sight and Sound.

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman, part 2

Filed under: Adam Fleishman,Cacama,Cryptotympanini — Tags: — Dan @ 2:16 pm

View other parts of this set: part 1, part 3, and part 4.

Adam Fleishman has captured some amazing photos of Cacama valvata cicadas. They were taken in Tucson, AZ. Elevation 2,450 ft. See more of Adam’s work at his photography web site: Cometmoth Sight and Sound.

A pair:
Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata male:
Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata male:
Cacama valvata male

Cacama valvata male:
Cacama valvata male

Cacama valvata male:
Cacama valvata male

January 4, 2019

Cacama longirostris (Distant, 1881)

Cacama longirostris (Distant, 1881) is a cicada found in Mexico.

Cacama longirostris was formerly known as Proarna longirostris, but its name changed when it moved from the genus Cacama Distant, 1904 to the genus Proarna StĂĄl, 1864.

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
SubTribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Cacama
Species: Cacama longirostris (Distant, 1881)

Cacama longirostris (Distant, 1881)
The image says Proarna longirostris, but the newest name of this cicada is Cacama longirostris.

Species description by W. L. Distant:

Closely allied to P. maura [now Cacama maura (Distant, 1881)], Dist., but differs by the greater amount of the ochraceous markings on the pro- and mesonotum, in having a large ochraceous spot on each lateral margin of the abdomen above, and a small spot of the same colour on each side of the anal appendage, in the much smaller black basal area to the tegmina, and the almost absence of the same to the wings. The body beneath, including the legs and opercula, is ochraceous, the abdomen having the lateral margins and anal appendage black. Its principal structural difference is the length of the rostrum, which reaches the apex of the first abdominal segment.

Long. 24 millim., exp. tegm. 71 millim.

References:

  1. The illustration comes from Biologia Centrali-Americana. Insecta. Rhynchota. Hemiptera-Homoptera. Vol. 1. By W. L. Distant F.E.S. and The Rev. Canon W. W. Fowler, F.L.S. (1881-1905). 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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