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Cicada in prairie - Cicadetta calliope

Cicada in prairie - Cicadetta calliope
Eunice, Acadia Parish, Louisiana, USA
July 29, 2005

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Moved from Cicadetta.

Cicadetta calliope (?) - MALE
Given locality (Louisiana), it is likely this cicada is the "Common or Southern Grass Cicada", Melampsalta (Cicadetta) calliope. This species may be variable in color: tan, brown, green, pink-ish, orange-ish, and any combination

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 ??)

looks like a species of Cicad
looks like a species of Cicadetta to me.

Cicadetta floridensis
... or perhaps a teneral C. calliope, without the dark markings developed? There's some doubt about the range of this species.

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