Seventeen years ago, I didn’t care about id’ing a periodical cicada to species, but thanks to iNat, now I do. With the big emergence about to happen in my area, it’s time to get educated about the differences between:
This page at Cicadamania gives a few pointers and has just a few underside pics for comparison:
I’d appreciate any tips from experienced observers/entomologists here who could help newbies like me start to sort them out. I bet it will aid not just my taking pictures in the field for my own observations, but in helping id the observations that will be coming in here from other folks. For instance, what set of photo angles can give you the easiest way to tell them apart? Are there other obvious distinguishing fieldmarks apart from their undersides? Thanks for advice!