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April 13, 2016

Okanagana balli Davis, 1919

Filed under: Okanagana | Tibicinini | United States | William T. Davis — Dan @ 7:23 pm

Okanagana balli Davis, 1919.

Song type: Call

Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: O. balli

Name, Location and Description

From Davis’ key to Okanagana1:

A. Male uncus not hooked at the extremity, sometimes sinuate.

BB. The expanse of fore wings 50 mm. or less; orange variegated with black at the base of both pairs of wings. (Some examples of fratercula exceed 50 mm.)

GG. Pronotum in mature individuals black with the central portions variegated with orange or yellow. Basal cell of fore wings yellowish or translucent.

Membranes at the base of fore and hind wings pinkish, the remainder of wing venation yellowish. The W mark on the front portion of the mesonotum separated from the mesonotal X; tergum darker, the terminal segments nearly all yellow as in synodica.
Expands about 46 mm.

Similar to: Okanagana synodica synodica (Say, 1825) aka Walking Cicada.


Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadettinae
Tribe: Tibicinini
Subtribe: Tibicinina
Genus: Okanagana
Species: Okanagana balli Davis, 1919

List of sources

  1. Davis, William T. Cicadas of the genera Okanagana, Tibicinoides and Okanagodes, with descriptions of several new species. Journal of the New York Entomological Society. v27. 179-223. 1919. Link.
  2. Full Binomial Names:
  3. Common names:; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
  4. Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
  5. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.


  • Some descriptions are based on aged specimens which have lost some or a lot of their color.

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