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Cicada from Railroad Prairie - Cicadetta calliope

Cicada from Railroad Prairie - Cicadetta calliope
Gardner, Grundy County, Illinois, USA
July 10, 2008
Size: ~1.5 in length
This cicada was found in a high quality railroad prairie along old Route 66 just south of Gardner, IL. It's much smaller than the Tibicen that I'm used to from around these parts.

Moved from Cicadetta.

Melampsalta (Cicadetta) calliope (kansa ?)
Given locality (Illinois), it is likely this cicada is the "Common Grass Cicada", Melampsalta (Cicadetta) calliope or possibly the "Plains Grass Cicada", Melampsalta (Cicadetta) kansa. Both species are thought to be subject to color variation as seen in other Cicadetta/Melampsalta species - incl. lime green, olive green, tan, pink-ish, and orangish/brownish

There are several species in the Genus Cicadetta (Melampsalta). Several of these taxa have been confused with and/or once considered to be populations of C. calliope.

Cicadetta (Melampsalta) calliope (Walker 1850a)
Atlantic Coast, Southeast, Lower Mississippi River Valley northward into the southern parts of the Mid-West
(New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana - west into the eastern Plains & northward into the Upper Miss. Riv. & lower Mid-West incl. Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, & Iowa)

Cicadetta (Melampsalta) camerona Davis 1920a
Southeastern Texas/South Texas
(*south into ne. Mexico)

Cicadetta (Melampsalta) floridensis Davis 1920a
(syn. Cicadetta calliope floridensis)
NOTE: C. calliope floridensis has a very different call from other pop's of C. calliope.
Peninsular Florida
(*Possibly across parts of the FL panhandle? northward into s. Georgia? & s. Alabama?..???)

Cicadetta (Melampsalta) kansa Davis 1919b
Most states of the "Great Plains"
n. Texas?, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota
(*Possibly east into the Upper Mississippi R. Valley & western parts of the Mid-West Prairie remnants, incl. Illinois, Iowa, & w. parts of Missouri...?)

Cicadetta (Melampsalta) texana Davis 1936a
Southern Plains - Texas grassland and wooded scrub habitats
(*Eastern & northern parts of range t.b.d. ?? - east into w. Louisiana ??)


This genus has longer wings and thorax than Beameria. I don't know which one would be all brown, like this.

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