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April 17, 2016

Common cicadas of California

Filed under: United States — Tags: — Dan @ 7:04 pm

Common cicadas of California (CA):

Cacama californica Davis, 1919 aka Cactus Dodger

Cacama crepitans (Van Duzee, 1914) aka Cactus Dodger

Cacama valvata (Uhler, 1888) aka Common Cactus Dodger

Common Cactus Dodger

Clidophleps beameri Davis, 1936

Clidophleps blaisdellii (Uhler, 1892)

Clidophleps distanti distanti (Van Duzee, 1914)

Clidophleps distanti truncata (Van Duzee, 1914)

Clidophleps rotundifrons (Davis, 1916)

Clidophleps tenuis Davis, 1927

Clidophleps vagans Davis, 1925

Clidophleps wrighti Davis, 1926

(Davis, 1921) aka Citrus Cicada

Citrus Cicada

Neoplatypedia ampliata (Van Duzee, 1915)

Neoplatypedia constricta Davis, 1920

Okanagana annulata Davis, 1935

Okanagana arboraria Wymore, 1934

Okanagana arctostaphylae Van Duzee, 1915

Okanagana aurora Davis, 1936

Okanagana bella Davis, 1919 aka Mountain Cicada

Mountain Cicada

Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889) aka Canadian Cicada

Canadian Cicada

Okanagana canescens Van Duzee, 1915

Okanagana catalina Davis, 1936

Okanagana cruentifera (Uhler, 1892)

Okanagana ferrugomaculata Davis, 1936

Okanagana fratercula Davis, 1915

Okanagana gibbera Davis, 1927

Okanagana hesperia (Uhler, 1872)

Okanagana hirsuta Davis

Okanagana luteobasalis Davis, 1935

Okanagana magnifica Davis, 1919

Okanagana mariposa mariposa Davis, 1915

Okanagana napa Davis, 1919

Okanagana nigriviridis Davis, 1921

Okanagana nigrodorsata Davis, 1923

Okanagana occidentalis (Walker in Lord, 1866)

Okanagana oregona Davis, 1916

Okanagana orithyia Bliven, 1964

Okanagana ornata Van Duzee, 1915

Okanagana pallidula Davis, 1917

Okanagana pernix Bliven, 1964

Okanagana rhadine Bliven, 1964

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

Say's Cicada

Okanagana rubrovenosa Davis, 1915

Okanagana salicicola Bliven, 1964

Okanagana sequoiae Bliven, 1964

Okanagana simulata Davis, 1921

Okanagana sperata Van Duzee, 1935

Okanagana striatipes (Haldeman, 1852)

Okanagana synodica synodica (Say, 1825) aka Walking Cicada

Okanagana triangulata Davis, 1915

Okanagana tristis rubrobasalis Davis, 1926

Okanagana tristis tristis Van Duzee, 1915

Okanagana uncinata Van Duzee, 1915

Okanagana utahensis Davis, 1919

Okanagana vanduzeei Distant, 1914

Okanagana vandykei Van Duzee, 1915

Okanagana venusta Davis, 1935

Okanagana villosa Davis, 1941

Okanagana vocalis Bliven, 1964

Okanagana wymorei Davis, 1935

Okanagodes gracilis gracilis Davis, 1919

Okanagodes gracilis viridis Davis, 1934

Platypedia aperta Van Duzee, 1915

Platypedia areolata (Uhler, 1861)

Platypedia barbata Davis, 1920

Platypedia bernardinoensis Davis, 1932

Platypedia falcata Davis, 1920

Platypedia intermedia Van Duzee, 1915

Platypedia laticapitata Davis, 1921

Platypedia mariposa Davis, 1935

Platypedia middlekauffi Simons, 1953

Platypedia minor Uhler, 1888

Platypedia mohavensis mohavensis Davis, 1920

Platypedia mohavensis rufescens Davis, 1932

Platypedia putnami keddiensis Davis, 1920 aka Putnam’s Cicada

Platypedia putnami lutea Davis, 1920 aka Putnam’s Cicada

Platypedia putnami occidentalis Davis, 1920 aka Putnam’s Cicada

Platypedia putnami putnami (Uhler, 1877) aka Putnam’s Cicada

Platypedia rufipes Davis, 1920

Platypedia scotti Davis, 1935

Platypedia similis Davis, 1920

Platypedia sylvesteri Simons, 1953

Platypedia tomentosa Davis, 1942

Platypedia usingeri Simons, 1953

Platypedia vanduzeei Davis, 1920

Tibicinoides cupreosparsa (Uhler, 1889)

Tibicinoides mercedita (Davis, 1915)

Tibicinoides minuta (Davis, 1915)

Related Articles

  1. The Curious Case of Cultriformis in California
  2. Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico

Name and Location References:

  1. Full Binomial Names:
  2. Common names & locations:;; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; my 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. List of species with MAPs: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico [PDF] by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips. Download it once; treasure it forever.


  1. Douglas says:

    I live in Calaveras county in California at 2800ft altitude. When I moved there in 1998 cicadas came out every summer for a few years when it got hot outside. They made the most awesome buzzing sound. I have not seen or heard them for many years now. What happened to them? I miss them.

    1. Dan says:

      OK, looks like the county as Platypedia and Okanagana (maybe more). The Okanagana are the ones that make a buzzing sound. They can be proto-periodical, meaning they have highs and lows in terms of populations based on factors like precipitation, underground overcrowding, and other factors. Things like pesticides and fires will impact them as well. So I’m saying they should come back unless they were killed off by fire, pesticides or a blight of the plants that were their host.

      1. Douglas says:

        Thank you Dan.

        Perhaps the drought in California affected them.
        There was a fire about 6 years ago but they weren’t around before that. I know of no blight of the grass here. It grows normally every year.

        I hope they are not gone forever around my house. Would there be a way to re-introduce them to my area?

  2. Jo says:

    Are there cicadas in Tulare/Kern county in Central California? There was millions of bugs that emerged out of the ground in 2005 and they crawled over buildings and into the grape vineyards… they also only happened that one year of 10 years we were living out there… could they have been Cicadas? Are there any official records of last emergence?

    1. Dan says:

      @Jo, could be. Tulare County and Kern County have Platypedia (Whip) and Okanagana type cicadas that have years when they emerge in large numbers. The years aren’t predictable like periodical cicadas in the east, but they can go many years with relatively few emerging, and then BOOM, hundreds if not thousands. These “hatches” are valued by fly fisherman as they trigger fish feeding frenzies.

  3. Richard Torres says:

    I would like more info on Cicadas. There are none in So Ca there is where I live. There were many in my hometown of Monterrey MX.

    1. Dan says:

      Looking on iNaturalist, it looks like the top cicadas in the Monterrey area are: Giant Cicada, Little Mesquite Cicada, Hadoa sugdeni, Procollina nuevoleonensis, Diceroprocta cinctifera, and Chisos Cicada.

  4. Sam Cicada says:

    Is there a map of the range of cicada species in California? I want to know what cicadas live in my region (LA area) without having to go through each individual species page. Thank you for this great website!

    1. Dan says:

      Take a look at this map — you will have to scroll through everything to see it.

      List of species with MAPs: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico [PDF] by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips. Download it once; treasure it forever.

  5. Around June 2020, a big wide-eyed, 2-inch beautiful turquoise sheer-winged bug fell on my tent at Mill Creek, CA (before the fires at Lake Almanor). The winged bug was so slow & seemed so patient as I placed it back on to the forest tree. Today, a man from CA Food &Ag copied my picture from my phone today, as he came to spray for Japanese beetles at Sacramento, CA. I researched the internet today & found a picture almost similar to my bug. Bug was a good sign despite the fires. Loved camping there & craft showing. Loved the area and people. That bug to me was like an angel. N. Chris Owyang, April 12, 2022

  6. Ann Reyes says:

    Are there cicadas in Torrance, CA?

    1. Dan says:

      Possibly. Because Torrance is so built up/developed, it is possible all the cicadas have been wiped out. Listen for Diceroprocta apache (Davis, 1921) aka Citrus Cicada

  7. Lou Richards says:

    Can we expect to see hordes of cicadas in Monterey county, on the coast especially?

    1. Dan says:

      Not hordes. The cicadas in California emerge in modest numbers.

  8. k. skynr says:

    I live in S. Calif. and I wondered when does the periodical cicada cycle start in S. California. But there are so many species of cicada in California, I’ve heard there are at least 80. Does that mean that there is no real perieodical cycle because at least one type is emerging every year?

    1. Dan says:

      @k The species in California are annual species, meaning at least some arrive every year. Some might be proto-periodical, meaning they emerge periodically based on environmental triggers, like rainfall, or overcrowding. But none have a set schedule where 99% of them emerge every 17 or 13 years like the Magicicada species in the east.

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