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Diceroprocta in Pompano Beach, FL

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Diceroprocta in Pompano Beach, FL

Diceroprocta viridifascia (Walker, 1850). A Cicada enthusiast myself, my family and I came to Pompano Beach for vacation, there calling was on almost every sand dune. The calls soon faded as the hotter parts of the day began. I was particularly shocked that cicadas could thrive on an open beach.

They called in lower undergrowth, easily accessable by hand, no nymphs were spotted, no exuvia, however my stay wasn't long enough to be sure but I would say these cicadas must have emerged greater inland.

I was able to catch this specimen by hand as it called on a shrub near the coast. Quite small, and rather the cutest cicada I've ever seen. He was calling ; however coaxing him to call in captivity has shown dissapointing results.

Date Posted: 2012-07-03 Comments: (1) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2012-07-09 | Website:

Hi Adam,

Thanks for sharing your very cool photos. I notice that in the image on the left above that the male is feeding. Cicadas have very cool mouth parts that are merged into a "stylet" - type apparatus known as a beak or rostrum.

A few colleagues and myself are quite familiar with this species' preferred habitat of sand dunes and very thick bushy undergrowth. You would think that these little guys would be easy to catch but far from it!

I can understand what you mean about finding these cicadas in open beaches. On Cape Cod there is any island on the northern inlet of the cape known as "Great Island". There are small bushy vegetation growing along the beach on this island where Tibicen canicularis can be found calling from time-to-time and not far away there is a rather thick forested area of tall pines in very sandy soil where I have found their exuvia on the pine trees.

Thanks for sharing your photos and we surely hope you contribute more in the future. Your sighting reports will be added to our distribution of species database.

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