cicadas of Florida - Tibicen spp., Diceroprocta spp, Melampsalta spp.,

Neocicada hieroglyphica (Say)

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-common name: cicadas (of Florida)
scientific names: /Neocicada hieroglyphica/ (Say), /Tibicen/,
/Diceroprocta/ and /Melampsalta/ spp. (Insecta: Hemiptera: Cicadidae) -

- Introduction - Identification - Sound Production - Life Cycles - Economic
Importance - Selected References-

-Introduction (Back to Top)-

In Florida, cicadas are best known for their loud calls heard during the
day, usually issuing from trees. Their cast nymphal skeletons are often
seen on the trunks of trees or on shrubs. In much of the eastern United
States, they are also known for their appearance in colossal numbers (as
many as 1.5 million per acre) every 13 or 17 years. Although these
*periodical* cicadas (/Magicicada/ spp.) do not occur in Florida, they
merit further discussion under *Life Cycles*.

-Identification (Back to Top)-

Cicadas are often heard but seldom seen or captured, so it is fortunate
that species can be readily identified by their songs. The songs of most
Florida species are at Morphological keys
to genera of adults and of last instar nymphs and cast nymphal skeletons
are at and respectively.

The 19 cicada species known from Florida fall into three groups based on
overall size as revealed by the length of the forewings:

*Small (length of forewing less than 7 mm)*

/Melampsalta calliope/ (Walker) - little brown cicada

/Melampsalta floridensis/ Davis - little green cicada


Little green cicada, Melampsalta floridensis Davis. Total length (head to
tips of forewings) is 19 mm (about 3/4 inch).

*Figure 1.* Little green cicada, /Melampsalta floridensis/ Davis. Total
length (head to tips of forewings) is 19 mm


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Cicada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Cicada **

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Annual cicada, /Tibicen linnei/
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Calling song of /Magicicada cassini/
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Cicadomorpha
Superfamily: *Cicadoidea*
Family: *Cicadidae*
Westwood, 1840
See also article text.

*Cicada*s (/sɪˈkɑːdə/ or /sɪˈkeɪdə/),
alternatively spelled as *Cicala*, or *Cicale*, are insects in the order
Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha (which was formerly included in the now
invalid suborder Homoptera). Cicadas are in the superfamily *Cicadoidea*.
Their eyes are prominent, though not especially large, and set wide apart
on the anterior lateral corners of the frons. The wings are well-developed,
with conspicuous veins; in some species the wing membranes are wholly
transparent, whereas in many others the proximal parts of the wings are
clouded or opaque and some have no significantly clear areas on their wings
at all. About 2,500 species of cicada have been described, and many remain
to be described. Cicadas live in temperate-to-tropical climates where they
are among the most-widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their
large size and unique sound. Cicadas are often colloquially called
locusts,^[1] although they are unrelated to true locusts, which are various
species of swarming grasshopper. Cicadas are related to leafhoppers and

Cicadas are benign to humans under normal circumstances and do not bite or
sting in a true sense, but may mistake a person's arm or other part of
their body for a tree or plant limb and attempt to feed.^[2] Cicadas have


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