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April 17, 2016

Common cicadas of Wyoming

Filed under: United States — Tags: — Dan @ 7:51 pm

Common cicadas of Wyoming (WY)

Megatibicen dealbatus (Davis, 1915) aka Plains Cicada

Plains Cicada

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

Bush Cicada or Grand Western or Giant Grassland Cicada

Megatibicen pronotalis walkeri Metcalf, 1955 aka Walker’s Cicada

Walker's Cicada

Okanagana bella Davis, 1919 aka Mountain Cicada

Mountain Cicada

Okanagana cruentifera (Uhler, 1892)

Okanagana fratercula Davis, 1915

Okanagana hesperia (Uhler, 1872)

Okanagana luteobasalis Davis, 1935

Okanagana magnifica Davis, 1919

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

Say's Cicada

Okanagana striatipes (Haldeman, 1852)

Okanagana synodica synodica (Say, 1825) aka Walking Cicada

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: ITIS.gov
  2. Common names & locations: BugGuide.net; iNaturalist.com; 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.

2 Comments

  1. Ken Iwamasa says:

    I would to know the keys for identifying the species in Colorado or Wyoming, although I only know of cicadas found in or around the Green River in Wyoming. Can you help

    1. Dan says:

      I have to put something together. If you send a photo or video to cicadamania@gmail.com I can likely identify it. Most cicadas are either Okanagana or Playtypedia — they’re usually black to gray with touches of orange and beige. The key differentiator between them is Okanagana sing and Playtypedia make a percussive noise with their wings.
      Common cicadas of Colorado and Common cicadas of Wyoming

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