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Species Cicadettana calliope

Cicadidae - Cicadettana calliope Small Cicada - Cicadettana calliope Cicadidae, ventralX - Cicadettana calliope - female prairie cicada - Cicadettana calliope Brown Cicada - Cicadettana calliope Brown Cicada - Cicadettana calliope Cicadetta floridensis - Cicadettana calliope - female Cicadetta floridensis - Cicadettana calliope - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha (Cicadas, Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas)
Family Cicadidae (Cicadas)
Subfamily Cicadettinae
Tribe Cicadettini
Genus Cicadettana (Small Grass Cicadas)
Species calliope (Cicadettana calliope)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cicadetta calliope calliope Marshall and Hill 2017
Melampsalta calliope (Walker)
Orig. Comb: Cicada calliope Walker 1850
4 Nearctic spp. (1)
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".
e. US (TX-FL-MD-NE) (1)
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):
See Also
Cicadetta calliope (Walker 1850)

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
Print References
Marshall, D.C. and Hill, K.B.R. 2017. A new genus for North American Cicadetta species (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). Zootaxa 4306: 537-550
Works Cited
1.Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico.
Sanborn, A.F., and P.K. Phillips. 2013. Diversity 5: 166–239.