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November 25, 2012

Cacama aka Cactus Dodgers

Filed under: Cacama | Cryptotympanini — Tags: , — Dan @ 11:03 am
Cacama valvata

A Cacama moorei (female) photo taken by Adam Fleishman.

Cacama is a genus of cicadas, known as Cactus Dodgers, found in Mexico and Southwestern United States. They are known for their affinity for cacti like prickly pear & cholla, and are most likely named Cactus Dodgers for their ability dodge the needles of their favorite plants. They are primarily black, gray, white, and beige colored; well camouflaged for the desert.

The two most common species seem to be Cacama moorei and Cacama valvata. The best way to tell them apart is C. moorei have a lot of orange on their ventral side.

Eyes Gray to golden beige
Ventral side Mostly white, heavy pruinose
Legs Black to golden beige
Dorsal side Gray to Black, with rust, golden or beige highlights. Prominent white pruinose along the sides of the mesonotum, and the 1st tergite (dorsal abdominal segment) of the abdomen.
Wings hyaline, with black to golden beige viens

According to BugGuide there are 12 species of Cacama: C. californica , C. carbonaria, C. crepitans, C. collinaplaga, C. dissimilis, C. furcata, C. longirostris, C. maura, C. moorei, C. pygmaea, C. valvata and C. variegata.

Cacama was the lord of the Aztec kingdom of Tezcuco (see The History of the Conquest of Mexico, by W.H. Prescott), who met his end at the hands of Spanish conquistadors. Cacama lives on in these winged desert treasures.

Some Cacama links:

The Insect Singers website has the song of a Cacama valvata.

A nice photo of a Cacama furcata taken in New Mexico.


January 8, 2010

Diceroprocta viridifascia (Walker, 1850)

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Diceroprocta | Francis Walker | United States | Video — Tags: — Dan @ 5:01 am

Diceroprocta viridifascia aka the Salt Marsh Cicada can be found in AL, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Song type: Call


Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: D. viridifascia

Song type: Call


Source: ©Joe Green | Species: D. viridifascia

These videos feature the call of the D. viridifascia.

Name, Location and Description

Classification:

Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
Subtribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Diceroprocta
Species: Diceroprocta viridifascia (Walker, 1850)

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.

June 20, 2009

Superb Neotibicen superbus (formerly T. superba)

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen | Roy Troutman — Tags: — Dan @ 11:28 am

Roy Troutman took some excellent Tibicen superbus (formerly T. superba) photos while visiting Texas.

Molted Neotibicen superbus from Texas photo by Roy Troutman

Molting Neotibicen superbus from Texas photo by Roy Troutman

Neotibicen superbus from Texas photo by Roy Troutman 2

Neotibicen superbus from Texas photo by Roy Troutman

March 2, 2008

New Cicada Photos from Adam Fleishman / ID this cicada

Filed under: Adam Fleishman | Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen — Tags: , , — Dan @ 12:35 pm

Here’s some new photos from photographer and cicada enthusiast Adam Fleishman. As always, they’re great photos. If you can help ID the first two photos, we’d appreciate it.

Neotibicen dealbatus:

Tibicen

Neotibicen dealbatus:

Tibicen

Neotibicen dorsatus (formerly T.dorsata):

T. dorsatus (formerly T.dorsata)

T. dorsata

Neotibicen superbus (formerly T. superba)

T. superba

Visit Adam’s website Cometmoth Sight and Sound

July 11, 2007

New Adam Fleishman’s Diceroprocta apache gallery

Filed under: Adam Fleishman | Cryptotympanini | Diceroprocta — Tags: — Dan @ 7:30 pm

Enjoy this gallery of Diceroprocta apache photos by Adam Fleishmam from 2007.

Visit Adam’s Photography Website.

Adam Fleishman's Diceroprocta apache

Adam Fleishman's Diceroprocta apache

Adam Fleishman's Diceroprocta apache

Empty nympal skin:
Adam Fleishman's Diceroprocta apache

May 28, 2007

Diceroprocta vitripennis. out in Mississippi

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Diceroprocta | Paul Krombholz | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 9:34 am

Here’s a break in the Magicicada mania: a Diceroprocta vitripennis. This photo was taken by Cicada Mania regular Paul Krombholz in Jackson Mississippi just last week. Cicadas like Diceroprocta vitripennis are annual cicadas: they emerge each year in small numbers, and as you can see, they rely on camouflage for survival. Annual cicadas are also quite shy compared to the periodic Magicicadas — they have very different life strategies. American annual cicadas rely on stealth and cunning to survive while searching for a mate. Periodic cicadas rely on the fact that there are so many of them, that some will always survive to carry on the species.

Diceroprocta vitripennis by Paul Krombholz

Diceroprocta vitripennis by Paul Krombholz

Notes from Paul:

I am continuing this season to try to get pictures of all the cicadas in the
Jackson, Mississippi area. I just got a female specimen of Diceroprocta
vitripennis. I found it in low vegetation on a sand bar next to the Pearl
River. Thanks to John Davis and the collectors at the Mississippi Museum of
Science for the tip on where to look for them! From head to wing tips, it
is 38 mm, but the wings of this species are longer in relation to body
length than those of Tibicens. Body length of this vitripennis was only
22mm.

November 12, 2006

Side views of N. pruinosus and M. figuratus

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Megatibicen | Neotibicen | Paul Krombholz | Tibicen — Tags: , — Dan @ 7:06 pm

Tibicen season is officially over in central Mississippi. Here’s some great side view photos from Paul Krombholz.

Neotibicen pruinosus pruinosus (Say, 1825):
N. pruinosus

Megatibicen figuratus (Walker, 1858):
M. figurata

October 21, 2006

Superb Neotibicen Photos from Todd Quinn

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen | Tibicen — Dan @ 11:26 am

Todd Quinn send us some superb Neoibicen photos. Click the photos below to see huge versions.

Todd Quinn

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This photo is incredible. Check out the detail on the eyes!

Todd Quinn

September 25, 2006

Ohio Neotibicen

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen | Tibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 7:11 pm

Edward Austin sent us this photo of a Tibicen from Fulton County Ohio. If someone knows the species, please post it in the comments.

Ohio Tibicen

September 5, 2006

A cicada photo from South Korea

Filed under: Cryptotympana | Cryptotympanini | Korea — Tags: — Dan @ 3:19 pm

The photo below was taken by Jon Allen in Yeouido park in Seoul in South Korea. Click the image for a huge version. Anyone know what it is?

A cicada photo from South Korea

Visit the gallery page for the Cryptotympana atrata .

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