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Genus Cacama - Cactus Dodgers

cicadas on rock and saguaro - Cacama moorei Pima Canyon Cicada - Cacama moorei male cicada - Cacama moorei - male Cactus Dodger - Cacama valvata Cactus Dodger? - Cacama valvata Common Cactus Dodger - Cacama valvata Cacama valvata? - Cacama moorei Cactus Dodger - Cacama crepitans
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 Cacama (Cactus Dodgers)
Several species are listed and they are often difficult to id.
The following list of Cacama species includes some taxa which have not been recorded from the USA; however, these names may be encountered in reference to the identification of sw. US specimens (such references are likely misidentifications based on older lit., recently described taxa, & incomplete information).

For a key to the species of Cacama, please refer to the following Paper, Page 37:
ISSN 1175-5326 (print edition)
Copyright © 2011 · Magnolia Press ISSN 1175-5334 (online edition)
Zootaxa 2897: 35–50 (2011) Article 35
The genus Cacama Distant, 1904 (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with the description of three new species


NOTE: Some IMAGES placed under this taxon may be MISIDENTIFIED at the species level and are in a constant state of review!
Based on morphological characteristics, call similarities, and distribution patterns, several species are subject to confusion and erroneous id (We/I make mistakes!).
This is a dynamic "living-breathing" site and though we (I) make mistakes, we strive to share the most comprehensive and accurate information possible.
Comments, corrections and updates are always welcome.
Several species
sw. USA - Mexico (Central America)

sw. USA (California) & MEXICO
Cacama furcata Davis - (Although listed "from California", this taxon is NOT known from the USA)


sw. USA (incl. w. TX, OK, s. CO. NM, & AZ) & adj. n. MEXICO
(Several taxa have been split from C. valvata and the range for this species as listed may not be accurate - see C. collinaplaga & C. moorei)

USA, se. TEXAS & Adj. ne. MEXICO

USA, Central TEXAS ("hill country") north into Oklahoma.

CENTRAL AMERICA / MEXICO (Past literature - incl. misidentifications and undescribed taxa, coupled with subsequent identifications based on the lit. suggests the following taxa may have US distributions. However, based on recent studies, the following species have not been confirmed to occur north of Mexico)
Cacama furcata Davis - (Although listed "from California", this taxon is NOT known from the USA)
Usually arid scrub to desert
VARIABLE: Usually Spring thru early Summer
Occurrence dates range from May thru August

Most members of this genus appear to be annual species with multiple overlapping generations.
VARIABLE (needs to be studied)