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April 24, 2016

Platypedia areolata (Uhler, 1861) aka Salmonfly Cicada

Filed under: Philip Reese Uhler | Platypedia | Platypediini | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 2:51 am

Platypedia areolata (Uhler, 1861) aka Salmonfly Cicada

Name, Location and Description

From W.T. Davis’ key to Platypedia1

A. Fore wings more than twice as long as broad.

B. Large, expanding 40 millimeters or over; uncus when viewed from above long and narrow.

CC. Head broader across the eyes with front not as strongly produced. Uncus viewed in profile arched at the top, the arch extending to the extremity, which is thickened; uncus also deepened near the base in typical putnami and areolata.

EE. Body black with brassy or greenish reflections. Fore femora almost entirely chestnut colored. Membranes at the base of fore wings pale, often almost white. Vein separating the radial cell from ulnar cells usually pale throughout its length.

Uncus viewed in profile arched at the top, distal two-thirds of lower line not straight but curved so that the extremity sometimes appears bent downward. The front of head is usually quite hairy. Expands from 48 to 54 millimeters. Occurs in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana areolata (Uhler).


Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadettinae
Tribe: Platypediini
Subtribe: ?
Genera: Platypedia
Species: Platypedia areolata (Uhler, 1861)

List of sources

  1. Davis, W.T. North American Cicadas Belonging to the Genera Platypedia and Melampsalta. Journal of the New York Entomological Society. V28. Pp 95-135. 1920. 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.
  6. Tribe information comes from: MARSHALL, DAVID C. et al.A molecular phylogeny of the cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with a review of tribe and subfamily classification.Zootaxa, [S.l.], v. 4424, n. 1, p. 1—64, may 2018. ISSN 1175-5334. Available at:


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

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