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Cicada - Diceroprocta vitripennis

Cicada - Diceroprocta vitripennis
Kenner, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
June 15, 2010
Size: 17mm
Smallest cicada I have ever seen...

Moved from ID Request.

Diceroprocta vitripennis
Beautiful Pic..and a nice addition to the site!

Cicadas can be very difficult to id. Several taxa are so similar and variable that identification and differentiation is often difficult (if not impossible in some cases) based on an image alone.

However, in this case, Diceroprocta vitripennis is your likely candidate for the following reasons:

1) This cicada lacks the "Z" infuscation typically seen towards the apical end of the forewings and present in canicularis (Special NOTE: the "Z" infuscation is a trait seen in 2 Diceroprocta species in Florida - D. olympusa and D. biconica, but less likely in other Diceroprocta species)
2) This cicada is the typical color and pattern seen in D. vitripennis across the Gulf region
3) "Long Wings", diagnostic of Diceroprocta spp.
4) Locality & Time of year
T. canicularis is a northern species with "reported isolates" in the Appalachians (w. VA, w. NC??, & e. TN??) - that's as far south as canicularis is thus far thought to occur.

Across much of the South and Plains States, T. canicularis is replaced by T. davisi and T. auriferus - both of which have very similar calls to canicularis and were once confused with that species. Additional reports from the South are based on similar looking species like robinsonianus, linnei, pruinosus, winnemana, latifasciatus and davisi, which are often misidentified as canicularis. Rather extensive collecting efforts across much of the South by specialists has so far failed to produce T. canicularis. Subsequent recognition of davisi and auriferus as distinct taxa from canicularis, also supports the conclusions that canicularis is not part of the southern fauna.

Additionally, canicularis is a late summer species usually not seen until late August-October.

Diceroprocta vitripennis

There is another very similar Diceroprocta species occurring across the Gulf States = D. bequaerti (D. viridifascia bequaerti?)

Tibicen canicularis?
Looks like the dogday cicada...

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