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unknown cicada - Diceroprocta vitripennis

unknown cicada - Diceroprocta vitripennis
Arcadia Lake, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
June 30, 2011
These cicadas were fairly common in the plains of central Oklahoma. Besides the top/underside pictures of an adult, I am sending a photo of a newly emerged one as well.

Images of this individual: tag all
unknown cicada - Diceroprocta vitripennis unknown cicada - Diceroprocta vitripennis

Moved from Cicadinae.

Moved from ID Request.

Diceroprocta sp. (?)
Awesome FIND!!!!
Diceroprocta sp.

Note the small size and the lack of the "Z-shaped" infuscation towards the end of the wing (typical of Tibicen).

This group can be problematic to id due to size, distribution (which is often poorly described), and variation(s) within and among the various species.

I suspect this may be D. vitripennis (or possibly D. bequaerti?); however, the wings in the cicada pictured look a bit short for this species. The coloration is variable with the amounts of red laterally ranging from that seen in your pic to near black. I have several cicada specimens id'd as D. vitripennis form eastern TX which strongly resemble the cicada pictured here - but they exhibit slightly longer wings relative to body length.

Compare with these similar looking cicadas.
Diceroprocta from e. Texas

Diceroprocta from sc. Alabama

There are several Diceroprocta species which may have range overlap in that region; as one travels west, the number of Diceroprocta species increases.

Compare with the following:
Diceroprocta vitripennis
Diceroprocta bequaerti (may be a ssp. or form of vitripennis?)

I prefer to wait for another opinion before placing these images to a species page.

I am no expert...
but it looks somewhat similar to one I found here in sw TN, called the Dog-day Cicada (Tibicen canicularis). The head pattern looks different though...

Very good guess!
Cicadas can be very difficult to id.

T. canicularis is actually a northern speices (possibly found in the Mountain counties of extreme eastern TN). However, due to similarity of appearance and even call, several other very similar Tibicen species have been and continue to be confused with it (esp. T. davisi & T. auriferus ... + T. pruinosus, T. linnei and T. robinsonianus).

sw. Tennessee is an interesting area and has quite a variety of cicada species. If you are interested, I'd be happy to send you a list of the species accounts we have from Shelby Co., TN & Marshall Co., MS (I/we have been collecting cicadas in your area for about 4 years now and have some great reports and specimens).

Bill Reynolds
Curator, Coordinator, & Containment Director of the Arthropod Zoo
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
(919) 733-7450 Ext. 512

Thanks, Bill -
Yes, I would like a species list for Shelby County -- we have probably a number of cicada species that occur here.
I just sent you an email to the address you listed above.

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