Hello ! I don't know a whole lot about insect collecting, but a very close friend of mine is a sculptor and he's got a bit of an insect collection going. He's been wanting a Costa Rican cicada for a long time now, so I decided to do some research of my own to see if I could locate one for him. So it seems I'm looking for a cicada under the genus zammara, they're a very gorgeous turquoise color. I've been scouring the internet for awhile now and wound up here, but I haven't been able to find one on any of the supplier sites. I was wondering if anyone could help me out here or knew of somewhere that might sell these cicadas. Any help is very appreciated ! (Also I hope this is the correct location to post this thread, if not please direct me to the correct forum) Thank you very much !
Zammara is indeed a very colorful cicada genus of Central and South America. I collected up 2 specimens myself in Ecuador in 1988. Specimens of this genus are probably only collected by happenstance; they are picked up by someone in the process of collecting moths.
As for finding them on EBay; it is possible. I've seen at least 2 this year offered by dealers from Panama and Peru. They are not commonly offered like all the many species coming out of Malaysia, Indonesia, and other parts of Southeast Asia.
I'm sure there are some images present on the Internet of live specimens. The colors are most "vivid" in life as opposed to those of dead specimens. Although, some dead specimens hold up surprisingly well. Mine did...