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Okanagana arctostaphylae - male

Okanagana arctostaphylae - Male
Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, California, USA
PARATYPE: From the CASENT collection.

Okanagana arctostaphylae is the "Holy Grail" of Okanagana and hasn't been seen since the 20's.
Collected circa 1915

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Okanagana arctostaphylae - male Okanagana arctostaphylae - male Okanagana arctostaphylae - male Okanagana arctostaphylae - male

great find--date?
Wow, I was just reading about this find on iNaturalist. Is there any date for the collection of this specimen?
Edit. Oh I see this is from a historic collection, at, I presume, the California Academy of Sciences. Still, if there is any date information, that would be nice, even if it cannot be entered in the date field on BugGuide due to being too old, it could be noted in the caption.

There is no exact date except
There is no exact date except circa 1915. Had to put it in the comments. With cicadas you don't want to make up an emergence month. The actual observation on iNat is the other one. This was previously the only available image. Elliott DID collect some though after they were refound! We'll be using one for DNA in our revision. It will be interesting to see if opacipennis is actually related to is like it was believed when it was a subspecies of this before Davis elevated it.

Collection date is a mystery
Frank Blaisdel was a prominent entomologist in his own right, so I'm still pretty astounded that he never attached any collection dates to the arctostaphylae types. He worked as a physician in Mokelumne Hill between 1892 and 1900. I think it's reasonable to assume that the specimens would have been collected sometime in that period, and only many years later were they sent to Van Duzee and subsequently described.

OK, I figured something of the sort after I left the comment.

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