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February 29, 2020

Cicadettana calliope photos by Paul Krombholz

Filed under: Cicadettana,Paul Krombholz,Photos & Illustrations — Tags: — Dan @ 8:54 am

Cicadettana calliope photos by Paul Krombholz.
This cicada species was formerly known as Cicadetta calliope and Melampsalta calliope.

Cicadettana calliope photo taken by Paul Krombholz

Cicadettana calliope photo taken by Paul Krombholz

Cicadettana calliope photo taken by Paul Krombholz

Cicadettana calliope photo taken by Paul Krombholz

August 18, 2017

A new genus for North American Cicadetta species: Cicadettana

A photo of a Cicadettana calliope calliope:
Cicadettana calliope photo taken by Paul Krombholz

New changes to the classification of the North American cicadas belonging to the genus Cicadetta have been published. The North American Cicadetta were found to be unrelated to the European Cicadetta (including the type species C. montana), so a new genus was needed. The new genus is Cicadettana. Research & paper by David Marshall and Kathy Hill.

Zootaxa page for the paper.

The generic classification of cicadas within the globally distributed tribe Cicadettini (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) has been challenging due to their often conservative morphology. A recent molecular analysis has indicated that the six North American taxa currently classified in Cicadetta are unrelated to the European type species of Cicadetta, C. montana Scopoli. Here we identify a set of diagnostic morphological characters for a new genus, which we distinguish from its closest relatives in Eurasia and Australasia.

July 25, 2007

Did someone say more Cicadetta calliope?

Filed under: Cicadettana,Paul Krombholz — Tags: — Dan @ 4:38 am

Here’s two more Cicadetta calliope photographed by Paul. Note the different eye colors.

Cicadetta calliope

Cicadetta calliope

C. calliope is found in: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NC, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA.

July 24, 2007

Cicadetta calliope

Filed under: Cicadettana,Paul Krombholz — Tags: — Dan @ 5:05 am

Here are 2 photos of a Cicadetta calliope (formerly Melampsalta calliope) taken by Paul Krombholz. Paul caught several individuals in late May in a field of mixed grasses and dicot weeds near Jackson, Mississippi. These little cicadas are around 20 mm long from head to wing tips.

Cicadetta calliope

Cicadetta calliope

C. calliope is found in: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NC, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA.