Will Chatfield-Taylor Curator

Joined: Apr 06, 2017 Last Active: Aug 11, 2020

Hi all,

I am an entomologist currently working to revise the cicada genus Okanagana. My colleague and I are trying to collect specimens to use both for DNA extraction and as reference material. If there are any of you with Okanagana specimens and would be willing to donate them to our research it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me via iNaturalist. We are in particular need of species and material in general from the Great Basin (and Utah in particular) as it is one of the most difficult places for us to get to.

Some of the taxa we are looking for: (Those crossed off have been contributed by the iNaturalist community)

O. arboraria

O. arctostaphylae

O. canadensis

O. catalina (with permit)

O. formosa

O. fratercula

O. fumipennis (CO, NM, AZ)
O. georgi (AZ)

O. gibbera

O. hesperia

O. lurida

O. magnifica

O. noveboracensis

O. occidentalis

O. ornata

O. rimosa

O. schaefferi (Utah)
O. sugdeni (Utah)

O. synodica

O. tanneri (Utah and Colorado)

O. tristis

O. utahensis

O. vanduzeei

O. villosa (Sierra Nevadas at alpine locations, very hairy)

O. viridis

Tibicinoides cupreosparsa

We will send the necessary shipping material with return postage to make things as easy as possible.

Thank you all in advance,

My education is in biology and Geographic Information Systems, and I apply both of them in my research. I'm always interested in collaborating, especially to help make maps for other scientists. When not doing research I am an avid birder and spend my remaining time out and about.

*In general the non-cicada insects I post are those that have had determinations by experts in their field. I include these determinations in the description. If there is no determination then it was probably ID'd by me and needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Okanagana are the same way: you may see me add/retract an ID (or multiple ID's) multiple times on a single observation until I'm satisfied one way or another (which may be to keep it at genus level indefinitely). the majority of my insect records are on Bugguide.net

Selected Publications:

Chatfield-Taylor, W. and Cole, J.A. 2019. Noisy neighbors among the selfish herd: mate recognition within
cicada emergences mediated by a critical song distance (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae: Okanagana). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 128(4): 854-864.

Chatfield-Taylor, W. and Cole, J.A. 2017. Living rain gauges: cumulative precipitation
explains the emergence schedules of California protoperiodical cicadas. Ecology 98: 2521-2527.

Cole, J. A. and Chatfield-Taylor, W. 2012. Orchelimum superbum (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Conocephalinae) in the Great Plains of North America. Journal of Orthoptera Research: 21: 45-50.

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