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April 13, 2020

Okanagana rimosa rimosa (Say, 1830) aka Say’s Cicada

Filed under: Okanagana | Thomas Say | Tibicinini | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 7:46 pm

Okanagana rimosa rimosa (Say, 1830) aka Say’s Cicada.

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Okanagana rimosa rimosa (Say, 1830)
Photo credit: Okanagana rimosa by Natasha.

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Song type: Call


Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: O. rimosa rimosa

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Name, Location and Description

Classification:

Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadettinae
Tribe: Tibicinini
Subtribe: Tibicinina
Genus: Okanagana
Species: Okanagana rimosa
Subspecies: Okanagana rimosa rimosa (Say, 1830)
Subspecies: Okanagana rimosa ohioensis Davis, 1942

List of sources

  1. Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
  2. Common names: BugGuide.net; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
  3. Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
  4. 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.

Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889) aka Canadian Cicada

Filed under: Okanagana | Tibicinini | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 7:39 pm

Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889) aka Canadian Cicada.

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Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889)
Photo credit: Photo by Richard Newfrock.

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Song type: Call


Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: O. canadensis

Song type: Call


Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: O. canadensis

Name, Location and Description

Classification:

Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadettinae
Tribe: Tibicinini
Subtribe: Tibicinina
Genus: Okanagana
Species: Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889)

List of sources

  1. Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
  2. Common names: BugGuide.net; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
  3. Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
  4. 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.

Okanagana bella Davis, 1919 aka Mountain Cicada

Filed under: Okanagana | Tibicinini | United States | William T. Davis — Tags: — Dan @ 7:32 pm

Okanagana bella Davis, 1919 aka Mountain Cicada.

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Okanagana bella Davis, 1919
Photo credit: Okanagana bella (female) by Matt Berger

All Okanagana bella information & images on cicadamania.com.

Song type: Call


Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: O. bella

Song type: Call


Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: O. bella

Name, Location and Description

Classification:

Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadettinae
Tribe: Tibicinini
Subtribe: Tibicinina
Genus: Okanagana
Species: Okanagana bella Davis, 1919

List of sources

  1. Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
  2. Common names: BugGuide.net; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
  3. Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
  4. 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 24, 2020

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

March 8, 2020

Okanagana Cicada Photos by Les Daniels

Filed under: Les Daniels | Okanagana | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 2:06 pm

Okanagana cicada photos by Les Daniels. Les has a book called The Season of the Cicadas, which I recommend.

March 1, 2020

Okanagana rimosa exuvia photos by Elias Bonaros

Filed under: Elias Bonaros | Exuvia | Okanagana | Tibicinini — Tags: — Dan @ 9:45 am

Okanagana rimosa exuvia (skins, shells) photos by Elias Bonaros. From 2010, I believe.

Note the dark lines on the abdomen — that’s an easy way to distinguish Okanagana exuvia from other types of cicadas.

Side view

dorsal view

February 29, 2020

Okanagana bella photo by Phobe

Filed under: Okanagana | Photos & Illustrations | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 11:01 am

Okanagana bella photo by Phobe.

Okanagana belle photo by Phobe

Okanagana bella photo by Matt Berger

Filed under: Matt Berger | Okanagana | Photos & Illustrations | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 10:06 am

Matt Berger was backpacking around Yellowstone national park recently when his chanced upon this Okanagana bella. 07/25/2008.

Okanagana bella photo by Matt Berger

Okanagana bella photo by Matt Berger

Okanagana rimosa photo by Natasha from 2005

Filed under: Okanagana — Tags: — Dan @ 8:18 am

Okanagana rimosa photo by Natasha from 2005.

Okanagana rimosa photo by Natasha from 2005.

June 29, 2017

Okanagana Cicadas

Filed under: Okanagana | Proto-periodical — Dan @ 7:11 pm

Okanagana cicadas
Photo credit: left, O. rimosa by Natasha; right, O. bella by Matt Berger.

Okanagana is a genus of cicadas that share their name with the Okanagan Lake, Valley & County areas of British Columbia, Canada. As you might guess, Okanagana are common in Canada. It is likely that the genus was named in tribute to the Okanagan people.

West of the Mississippi, O. synodica synodica & O. bella are the most common species in terms of the number of states and providences they are found. O. canadensis & O. rimosa are the most common species east of the Mississippi.

Lifespans and Lifecycles:

Okanagana rimosa have a lifespan of 9 years. Okanagana synodica have a lifespan of possibly 17 to 19 years! (see Campbell et al. 10.1073/pnas.1421386112).

Okanagana rimosa also appear to be proto-periodical (source) meaning they are abundant in some years, and scarce, but not absent in others.

“Soper et al (112) showed experimentally that Okanagana rimosa had a life
cycle of 9 years, and that in the field during a 9-year period (1962 to
1970) it was extremely abundant in 4 years and scarce or absent in the
other 5. Heath (32) also studied cicadas of the genus Okanagana and
found several species that appear to be protoperiodical.”

I’m not sure, but I suppose other species of Okanagana have proto-periodical lifecycles as well. This would explain why people see Okanagana in great numbers one year, and very few in previous years.

Okanagana adult photographed by Les Daniels

Okanagana adult photographed by Les Daniels

Identification:

Okanagana are typically around between June and July, depending on the species and latitude.

Okanagana are often black, with white, beige or orange highlights on their wings and body. The black color of their exoskeletons helps them absorb warmth from the sun.

Look for four symmetrical markings on their mesonotum (back). The image at the beginning the the article highlights these markings.

One Okanagana that has atypical coloration is the O. viridis which is green. This outlier is one of the few species found in southern states.

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