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Species Diceroprocta bequaerti

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 Diceroprocta (Scrub Cicadas)
Species bequaerti (Diceroprocta bequaerti)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Although encountered in the literature as a distinct taxon, "bequaerti" was first described as a variation of Diceroporcta viridifascia (Refer here: Diceroprocta viridifascia "var. bequaerti") and later as a variety of Diceroprocta vitripennis.
Identification
Eyes are described as less prominent than those of the nominate viridifascia.

Basal cell of forewing "clear" with slight black edging of the fore margin.

The markings of the head and pronotum are similar to those of Diceroprocta vitripennis but the black markings are reported to be less extensive across the face.

Based on the available literature and associated updates in classification, greater clarification may be needed for better identification and separation of the following:
Range
This form ranges along the Gulf coast of Texas and is reported to extend inland more significantly than are the eastern varieties of viridifascia (how far inland has been debated????).
"D. bequaerti" as a form of viridifascia (?): Similar specimens are also reported from the Gulf coast of FL, AL, MS, LA and as far inland as Arkansas and Oklahoma. How these Gulf coast populations relate to viridifascia along the Atlantic and form bequaerti descrbed from TX has been debated. Cicadas collected from the Gulf coast of FL ("big bend area"), running west along the Gulf are reported to be slightly different from populations along the Atlantic. Initial reports suggested these cicadas were similar to "bequaerti"(?).
"D. beaquaerti" as a form of vitripennis (?): Recent documentation suggests this cicada may be more closely related to Diceroprocta vitripennis but differing in markings across the head and thorax.

Although debated, it is often considered to be a distinct taxon from the species listed above.

The Texas populations are most distinct.
Habitat
Usually coastal
Unlike viridifascia, this form may be more inland in distribution (TX & OK).