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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Okanagana bella - Mountain Cicada

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Classification
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
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas)
Family Cicadidae (Cicadas)
Subfamily Tettigadinae
Genus Okanagana
Species bella (Mountain Cicada)
Identification
Identification usually requires exposed views of the uncus; both dorsal and lateral, and multiple other views. Generally best identified by a specimen except where there aren't any similar species.
Range
The entire western US and southern western Canada
Remarks
Without a recording of the song this species is extremely difficult to separate from similar species. Best left at genus level unless it isn't found with taxa it can be confused with.

Song
Peak Frequency: 9.9 +/- 0.8 kHz
Syllable Rate 27.4 +/- 2 beats/second
Print References
Chatfield-Taylor, W. and Cole, J.A. 2019. Noisy neighbors among the selfish herd: mate recognition within cicada emergences mediated by a critical song distance (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae: Okanagana). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. XX. 1-11.