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Species Pacarina puella - "Little Mesquite 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 (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadidae (Cicadas)
Subfamily Cicadinae
Genus Pacarina
Species puella ("Little Mesquite Cicada")
Other Common Names
Little Mesquite Cicada
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pacarina puella Davis 1923
Replacement name for: Cicada signifera Walker 1858, which was preoccupied.
Syn: Pacarina signifera (Walker)
Numbers
1 sp. n. of Mex. (1)
However, based on taxonomic notations, there may be a second species (range for 2nd was vague - ne TX, OK, & LA ???)
Size
2 cm (BG data)
Identification
Tiny cicada with a BIG head (Andy Hamilton, 26 August, 2010)
Range
AZ-LA, OK / Mex to C. Amer.
Habitat
Various (subtropical scrub and semi-arid forests to macrothermal deciduous habitats)
Season
May-Sept (BG data)
Food
Usually associated with Mesquite
Life Cycle
Song - InsectSingers.com
See Also
Due to small size, they are often confused with Beameria and Cicadetta species.

US Range: AZ, NM, CO, TX, OK, & LA
Pacarina puella Davis, Kondratieff et al., 2002: 7, 13, 28.

US Range: AZ, NM, CO, and w. TX
Pacarina puella Davis (juniper variety), Sanborn and Phillips, 1995: 481.
Pacarina shoemakeri Sanborn and Heath, Sanborn et al., 2011a: 152, 153.
Print References
Davis, W.T. 1923. Notes on North American cicadas with descriptions of new species. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 31: 1–15. Full PDF
Walker, F. 1858. Supplement. List of the specimens of Homopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum: 1-307.
Internet References
Photos - No. AZ. U.