Location: Peoria, AZ USA
August 8, 2010 1:55 pm
8/7/10 heard this guy buzzing in a palo verde and searched him out. I know its a cicada but was wondering exactly what kind.
Your Cicada is in the genus Dicerprocta, and we found a nice posting on BugGuide that explains how to properly identify the three species in the genus found in Arizona. In a comment, Jerry Bunker quotes a 1928 publication by William T. Davis that includes this description: “Diceroprocta apache Hind margin of pronotum or collar yellowish, or straw colored; eyes reddish and membranes at base of both pair of wings pale; often straw-colored. Pubescence at base of abdomen golden.“ We believe your have Diceroprocta apache based on the description and photo, but it has no common name, though Apache Cicada does seem very appropriate. We would like to see someone propose Apache Cicada as the official common name, and for now, we will label it as such.
How exactly do you go about suggesting the name, or who would I send the suggestion too?
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Eric Eaton responds
I know the Entomological Society of America has a committee on Common Names, but generally they have been loathe to bother with any species that are not of great economic importance (especially invasive species from overseas). So, good luck with that. Otherwise, official common names have been “certified” by the Dragonfly Society of the Americas and the Lepidopterist’s Society, maybe the North American Butterfly Association.
The point is that common names for non-pests tend to be assigned wholesale to other groups that ‘suddenly’ become popular to folks. Otherwise, it is an operation in randomness that sometimes does lead to consensus (and I do believe I have heard “Apache Cicada” applied to that species before).
Thanks guys. I know you are busy so the fact that you took the time to answer my questions means a lot.