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April 3, 2020

Cacama valvata (Uhler, 1888) aka Common Cactus Dodger

Filed under: Cacama,Cryptotympanini,Philip Reese Uhler,United States — Tags: — Dan @ 5:44 pm

Cacama valvata (Uhler, 1888) aka Common Cactus Dodger.

Cacama valvata male
Male. Photo credit: by Adam Fleishman.

Cacama valvata cicada photo by Adam Fleishman
Female. Photo credit: by Adam Fleishman.

⭢ See all C. valvata images and info on cicadamania.com.

Song:


Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: C. valvata

Video Playlist

Playlists contain multiple videos found on YouTube:

Name, Location and Description

Wm. T. Davis descriptions

A description of the Cacama cicadas from CICADAS OF THE GENUS CACAMA, WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SEVERAL NEW SPECIES1:

In Cacama the tympanal coverings in the male entirely conceal the orifices, which is also the case in the genus Tibicen, but the head including the eyes is much narrower in Cacama, being little more than two thirds the width of the mesonotum. The abdomen is broad and much rounded behind ; in Tibicen it is more tapering. The apical areas of the fore wings in Cacama are eight in number, the two lowermost small and somewhat square in shape. In Tibicen the two lowest apical areas are not as nearly of the same size, the seventh being much smaller than the eighth.

Specifically about Cacama valvata:

Mr. Woodgate writes of the valvata he sent from Jemez Springs, N. M., that they were very shy and often found about the bush cactus. Some he took in the evening while they were at rest on the cactus. “They are the only insects except ants that can settle on the bush cactus without impaling themselves. The toughest beetles become impaled when they settle on this cactus and the ants proceed to eat them, but these Cicadas that have a very swift flight, can settle with impunity.” He says that “their song is not sustained for more than about two minutes in the brightest sunshine even.”

List of sources

  1. Davis, W.T. 1919. CICADAS OF THE GENUS CACAMA, WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SEVERAL NEW SPECIES. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. XXVII, No. I. Read it on archive.org.
  2. Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
  3. Common names: BugGuide.net; 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.

Notes:

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

March 7, 2020

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman, part 4

Filed under: Adam Fleishman,Cacama,Cryptotympanini — Tags: — Dan @ 2:35 pm

View other parts of this set: part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Adam Fleishman has captured some amazing photos of Cacama valvata cicadas. They were taken in Tucson, AZ. Elevation 2,450 ft. See more of Adam’s work at his photography web site: Cometmoth Sight and Sound.

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman, part 3

Filed under: Adam Fleishman,Cacama,Cryptotympanini — Tags: — Dan @ 2:32 pm

View other parts of this set: part 1, part 2, and part 4.

Adam Fleishman has captured some amazing photos of Cacama valvata cicadas. They were taken in Tucson, AZ. Elevation 2,450 ft. See more of Adam’s work at his photography web site: Cometmoth Sight and Sound.

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman, part 2

Filed under: Adam Fleishman,Cacama,Cryptotympanini — Tags: — Dan @ 2:16 pm

View other parts of this set: part 1, part 3, and part 4.

Adam Fleishman has captured some amazing photos of Cacama valvata cicadas. They were taken in Tucson, AZ. Elevation 2,450 ft. See more of Adam’s work at his photography web site: Cometmoth Sight and Sound.

A pair:
Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata male:
Cacama valvata cicada photos by Adam Fleishman

Cacama valvata male:
Cacama valvata male

Cacama valvata male:
Cacama valvata male

Cacama valvata male:
Cacama valvata male

November 25, 2012

Cacama aka Cactus Dodgers

Filed under: Cacama,Cryptotympanini — Tags: , — Dan @ 11:03 am
Cacama valvata

A Cacama moorei (female) photo taken by Adam Fleishman.

Cacama is a genus of cicadas, known as Cactus Dodgers, found in Mexico and Southwestern United States. They are known for their affinity for cacti like prickly pear & cholla, and are most likely named Cactus Dodgers for their ability dodge the needles of their favorite plants. They are primarily black, gray, white, and beige colored; well camouflaged for the desert.

The two most common species seem to be Cacama moorei and Cacama valvata. The best way to tell them apart is C. moorei have a lot of orange on their ventral side.

Eyes Gray to golden beige
Ventral side Mostly white, heavy pruinose
Legs Black to golden beige
Dorsal side Gray to Black, with rust, golden or beige highlights. Prominent white pruinose along the sides of the mesonotum, and the 1st tergite (dorsal abdominal segment) of the abdomen.
Wings hyaline, with black to golden beige viens

According to BugGuide there are 12 species of Cacama: C. californica , C. carbonaria, C. crepitans, C. collinaplaga, C. dissimilis, C. furcata, C. longirostris, C. maura, C. moorei, C. pygmaea, C. valvata and C. variegata.

Cacama was the lord of the Aztec kingdom of Tezcuco (see The History of the Conquest of Mexico, by W.H. Prescott), who met his end at the hands of Spanish conquistadors. Cacama lives on in these winged desert treasures.

Some Cacama links:

The Insect Singers website has the song of a Cacama valvata.

A nice photo of a Cacama furcata taken in New Mexico.


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