Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melampsalta calliope (Walker)
Orig. Comb: Cicada calliope Walker 1850
Total Length incl. wings < 1 inch (usually ~0.6 to 0.8 inches)
Small, and "narrower across the head" than other small cicadas
Compare with Pacarina & Beameria.
Color & Pattern: The coloration and degree of pattern may not be diagnostic to species!
Populations currently classified as "C. calliope" exhibit several color forms incl. monochromatic lime green (Peninsular FL and Gulf), olive green, yellowish, ochreous-tan, tan, pinkish-tan, peach and brown. The "typical cicada patterns" may be vivid, bold and well delineated or be pale to absent giving the insect a monochromatic appearance. The color forms are not diagnostic of locality; however, within given portions of the range, there may be tendencies for certain color forms to be more prevalent.
Call: The call is best described as a light "whine or hissing buzz".
The call of "floridensis" is distinct from that of other "calliope" populations and has a strong clicking component in addition to the light "whine/hissing buzz".
Initial info for this guide page taken from Dr Hamilton's remarks under this image
(Please refer to the thumbnail image below for details regarding Dr. Hamilton's comments):
Cicadetta calliope (Walker 1850)
RANGE: e. US
Cicadetta calliope floridensis (Davis 1920)
NOTE: C. calliope floridensis has a very different call from other pop's of C. calliope.
RANGE: mostly restricted to Florida
Cicadetta camerona (Davis 1920)
RANGE: southmost Texas
Cicadetta kansa (Davis 1919)
RANGE: s. and c. Great Plains
Cicadetta texana (Davis 1936)
RANGE: c. TX to Gulf Coast