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Diceroprocta viridifascia ? - Diceroprocta viridifascia

Diceroprocta viridifascia ? - Diceroprocta viridifascia
Eastern Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
August 19, 2008
Size: body approximately 1 1/4"
This specimen was more cooperative than most . It was singing loudly until I approached , then went silent . After making little movement for several seconds , it started singing ( sort of a pulse lawn sprinkler noise ) again . I wonder if the passage of TS Fay gave this species the sense of urgency , as they seemed to be more vocal .

Moved
Moved from Cicadas.

Diceroprocta viridifascia
That would be my guess. You mentiond the sound it made was "like a water sprinkler" (did it sound like - Zit..Zit..Zit..etc.). If this is so then I'm certain it is D. viridifascia. These little guys can be a bit more difficult to id than the larger Tibicen species. I know of 5 species in Florida.

Diceroprocta biconica (Everglades, FL Keys and extreme southern tip of the peninsula)
Diceroprocta viridifascia (Coastal areas along the Atlantic)
Diceroprocta olympusa ("Highland Ridge" and inland scrub)
Diceroprocta bequaerti (western FL Panhandle)
Diceroprocta vitripennis, (N. Florida - less common south)

 
Yes
It did sound like that , and I've only noticed them within a couple of miles of the coast . They appear to be dwindling rapidly now that the weather has turned cooler . Thanks for the input .

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