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April 17, 2016

Common cicadas of Idaho

Filed under: United States — Dan @ 7:14 pm

Common cicadas of Idaho (ID):

Megatibicen dorsatus (Say, 1825) aka Bush Cicada or Grand Western or Giant Grassland Cicada

Bush Cicada or Grand Western or Giant Grassland Cicada

Neoplatypedia constricta Davis, 1920

Okanagana bella Davis, 1919 aka Mountain Cicada

Mountain Cicada

Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889) aka Canadian Cicada

Canadian Cicada

Okanagana cruentifera (Uhler, 1892)

Okanagana ferrugomaculata Davis, 1936

Okanagana fratercula Davis, 1915

Okanagana gibbera Davis, 1927

Okanagana lurida Davis, 1919

Okanagana luteobasalis Davis, 1935

Okanagana napa Davis, 1919

Okanagana occidentalis (Walker in Lord, 1866)

Okanagana oregona Davis, 1916

Okanagana ornata Van Duzee, 1915

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

Say's Cicada

Okanagana striatipes (Haldeman, 1852)

Okanagana utahensis Davis, 1919

Okanagana vanduzeei Distant, 1914

Platypedia areolata (Uhler, 1861)

Platypedia putnami lutea Davis, 1920 aka Putnam’s Cicada

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

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. Scott Randall Towle says:

    Actually pertaining to my earlier response I guess some cicadas are annual — I learned something today. I would bet what I found was an annual cicada ratger than a 17 year one.

  2. Scott Towle says:

    Around 1990 I found a bug underneath the grass (off Amity outside Boise at my grandpa’s house) and took it to a Biology professor at BSU to find out what kind of bug it was. He looked it up and informed me it was a cicada. I was surprised he did not know it by just looking at it but then I guess if they are do not come out every year then that might explain it? I am not sure if a person could look up historical records to find which year I probably found the cicada in if they only come out every 17 years? Going back 34 years takes us back to 1987. I got my driver’s license at 14 years old (perhaps in 1987) and my parents did not take me to BSU at that time. I am not sure I buy that 1987 was the year I found the cicada. If it was a year or 2 later I would buy it more but… ?

  3. Rayah Rideout says:

    I saw one of these Cicadas in our backyard on 5-19-21. I thought it was a very interesting looking insect. I didnt realize what it was until this morning when a picture was shown on an internet show. I am in Boise Idaho.

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