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April 13, 2020

Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889) aka Canadian Cicada

Filed under: Okanagana | Tibicinini | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 7:39 pm

Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889) aka Canadian Cicada.


Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889)
Photo credit: Photo by Richard Newfrock.

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Song type: Call

Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: O. canadensis

Song type: Call

Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: O. canadensis

Name, Location and Description

From Davis’ key to Okanagana1:

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

B. Expanse of fore wings more than 50 mm.

C. Base of fore and hind wings orange-red more or less variegated with black.

DD. The outer edge of the front wing of a more continuous curve. Medium-sized species, except schaefferi, which is large.

EE. Legs, especially the front pair considerably blackened.

FF. Dull bodied species or at most feebly shining, with proportionately narrower wings, and the hind margin of pronotum orange or reddish, except in tristis where it is black. Dorsum of the abdomen often with conspicuous transverse rows of short silvery hairs.

Venation of the fore wings often thickened; basal cell clouded and blackened. Pronotum usually entirely black, except the hind margin which is testaceous, sometimes clouded each side with reddish; tergum black with much tomentum, which when removed leaves a smooth surface. A black species with the usual four orange spots before the mesonotal X, and orange membranes at the base of both pairs of wings. Expands about 62 mm.

Similar to: Okanagana rimosa rimosa (Say, 1830) aka Say’s Cicada, Okanagana tristis tristis Van Duzee, 1915.


Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadettinae
Tribe: Tibicinini
Subtribe: Tibicinina
Genus: Okanagana
Species: Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889)

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.

March 24, 2020

Okanagana canadensis the Canadian Cicada

Filed under: Canada | Okanagana | Richard Newfrock — Tags: — Dan @ 5:15 pm

Three photos of Okanagana canadensis the Canadian Cicada from the collection of Richard Newfrock.

Okanagana canadensis by Richard Newfrock

March 8, 2020

Okanagana Cicada Photos by Les Daniels

Filed under: Les Daniels | Okanagana | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 2:06 pm

Okanagana cicada photos by Les Daniels. Les has a book called The Season of the Cicadas, which I recommend.

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