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March 3, 2019

Sulphogaeana sulphurea (Westwood, 1839)

Filed under: China | Gaeanini | India | John O. Westwood | Nepal | Sulphogaeana — Tags: — Dan @ 1:01 am

Sulphogaeana sulphurea is a cicada found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, and Nepal. Is was formerly known as Gaeana sulphurea. It is one of the cicadas known as “butterfly cicadas” because of their colorful wings. Sulphogaeana sulphurea are yellow like the mineral sulfur.

Photo by Jeff Blincow:
Mating Gaeana sulphurea from Bhutan taken by Jeff Blincow

Description:

Male. Body above black; lateral margins of the vertex of head,— continued to between eyes,— pronotum (excluding the fissures, margins, and a central hour-glass-shaped fascia), four linear spots to mesonotum (sometimes united in pairs), and the margins of the anal appendage, reddish-ochraceous. Body beneath and legs black; a fascia on each side of the face, sternal streaks, a spot at the base of tegmina, posterior segmental margins,- obliterated centrally,— and the anal appendage, ochraceous.

Tegmina and wings sulphureous; tegmina with the inner margin of the costal membrane, a curved and inwardly angulated fascia crossing center, and the whole apical area,— including the upper ulnar area,— blackish; costal membrane ochraceous, postcostal area blackish; wings with the apical area— broadly, and narrowing to anal angle— blackish.

Face with a narrow but distinct central sulcation; the rostrum reaching the posterior coxae.

Long. excl. tegm. Male 35 to 37 milHm. Exp. tegm. 85 to 92 millim.

This is a moderately scarce species, and it seems almost confined to the province of Bengal.

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Gaeanini
SubTribe: Gaeanina
Genus: Sulphogaeana
Species: Sulphogaeana sulphurea (Westwood, 1839)

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 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.

March 1, 2019

Thopha colorata Distant, 1907

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

Thopha colorata is a cicada found in Australia. It is also known as the Orange Drummer and W Bug because of the W on its back (mesonotum) (thanks David Emery).

Photo by Jodi:
Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)
A gallery of more of Jodi’s photos.

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Thophini
Genus: Thopha
Species: Thopha colorata Distant, 1907

For more information about this cicada, visit A web guide toThe 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

Filed under: Burma | India | Michel Chantraine | Nepal | Oriental Cicadidae | Thailand | Tosena | Tosenini | Vietnam | W. L. Distant — Tags: — Dan @ 1:01 am

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).

February 26, 2019

Vittagaeana paviei (Noualhier, 1896)

Vittagaeana paviei is a cicada found in Burma, Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Note that the name of this cicada is changing due to research done as part of the article: Hill Kathy B. R., Marshall David C., Marathe Kiran, Moulds Maxwell S., Lee Young June, Pham Thai-Hong, Mohagan Alma B., Sarkar Vivek, Price Benjamin W., Duffels J. P., Schouten Marieke A., de Boer Arnold J., Kunte Krushnamegh, Simon Chris (2021) The molecular systematics and diversification of a taxonomically unstable group of Asian cicada tribes related to Cicadini Latreille, 1802 (Hemiptera:Cicadidae). Invertebrate Systematics 35, 570-601.

Female V. paviei. Photo by Dan Mozgai:
Tosena paviei

Male T. paviei. Photo by Michel Chantraine:
Tosena paviei

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Gaeanini
Genus: Vittagaeana
Species: Vittagaeana paviei (Noualhier, 1896)

See the related cicada: Vittagaeana dives (Westwood, 1842)

February 24, 2019

Gaeana atkinsoni Distant, 1892

Filed under: Asia (Continent) | China | Gaeana | Gaeanini | India | Raghu Ananth | Thailand | Vietnam | W. L. Distant — Dan @ 1:01 am

Gaeana atkinsoni is a cicada found in China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam, and likely adjacent nations.

Photos by Raghu Ananth.
Gaeana atkinsoni Distant, 1892 from Uttara Kannada district in India by Raghu Ananth

Gaeana atkinsoni Distant, 1892 from Uttara Kannada district in India by Raghu Ananth

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Gaeanini
SubTribe: Gaeanina
Genus: Gaeana
Species: Gaeana atkinsoni Distant, 1892

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

February 21, 2019

Distantalna splendida splendida (Distant, 1878)

Distantalna splendida splendida is a cicada found in China, Thailand, India, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. It is formerly known as Tosena splendida. It is known in pop culture as the basis for the Cicada 3301 logo.

Photo by Dan Mozgai:
Distantalna splendida formerly Tosena splendida

Photo by Michel Chantraine:
splendida

This description comes from A Monograph of Oriental Cicadas by W. L. Distant. 1889-1892. Read it on the Biodiversity Heritage Library website:

Body above black; front with a reddish spot at each basal angle; eyes, two small spots on vertex, four large spots to pronotum (two on disk and one at each posterior lateral angle) and two spots on disk of mesonotum,* luteous. Body beneath and legs black; lateral margins of the face, a wide central annulation to femora, and a central discal series of subtriangular spots, sanguineous.

Tegmina and wings— where not obscured by darker markings— pale hyaline, exhibiting varied opaline luster, which in some lights is found to be ornamented with close and regular series of transverse darker strife ; tegmina at base (narrowly) and costal membrane shining blackish ; venation bright luteous and for two-thirds from base broadly margined with shining blackish, and a series of shining blackish marginal spots on the apices of longitudinal veins to apical areas largest and somewhat fused at apex; claval area pale greenish. Wings pale greenish for nearly two-thirds their area from the base; remaining apical area shining blackish, enclosing a submarginal series of pale opaline spots, of which the largest are subapical.

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Ayuthiini (formerly Tosenini as of 20212)
Subtribe: Distantalnina
Genus: Distantalna
Species: Distantalna splendida splendida (Distant, 1878)

References:

  1. Species name change information comes from Allen Sanborn’s Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha).
  2. New Tribe: Hill Kathy B. R., Marshall David C., Marathe Kiran, Moulds Maxwell S., Lee Young June, Pham Thai-Hong, Mohagan Alma B., Sarkar Vivek, Price Benjamin W., Duffels J. P., Schouten Marieke A., de Boer Arnold J., Kunte Krushnamegh, Simon Chris (2021) The molecular systematics and diversification of a taxonomically unstable group of Asian cicada tribes related to Cicadini Latreille, 1802 (Hemiptera:Cicadidae). Invertebrate Systematics 35, 570-601. https://doi.org/10.1071/IS20079

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)

Diemeniana euronotiana (Kirkaldy, 1909)

Filed under: Australia | Cicadettini | David Emery | Diemeniana — Tags: — Dan @ 1:01 am

Diemeniana euronotiana is a cicada found in Australia. It is also known as a Golden Twanger.

Photo by David Emery:
Diemeniana euronotiana

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadettinae
Tribe: Cicadettini
SubTribe: Cicadettina
Genus: Diemeniana
Species: Diemeniana euronotiana (Kirkaldy, 1909)

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

Tribe information comes from: MARSHALL, DAVID C. et al.A molecular phylogeny of the cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with a review of tribe and subfamily classification.Zootaxa, [S.l.], v. 4424, n. 1, p. 1—64, may 2018. ISSN 1175-5334. Available at: https://www.biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4424.1.1

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