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Common Cicadas of North America

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Cacama valvata (Uhler, 1888)

Common Cactus Dodger
  • Short Name: C. valvata
  • Common Name: Common Cactus Dodger
  • Locations: AZ, CA, CO, KS, NV, NM, OK, TX, UT
  • Eyes: beige and black mix
  • Collar: black with gold highlights
  • Description: Black with gold highlights and white pruinose.
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Cicadetta calliope calliope (Walker, 1850)

Southern Grass Cicada
  • Short Name: C. calliope calliope
  • Common Name: Southern Grass Cicada
  • Locations: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NC, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA
  • Eyes: pink, beige
  • Collar: rust, brown
  • Description: Small. Black and brown.
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Diceroprocta apache (Davis, 1921)

Citrus Cicada

Diceroprocta olympusa (Walker, 1850)

Scrub Cicada

Diceroprocta vitripennis (Say, 1830)

Green Winged Cicada
  • Short Name: D. vitripennis
  • Common Name: Green Winged Cicada
  • Locations: AL, AR, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NE, OK, TN, TX, WI
  • Eyes: green
  • Collar: green
  • Description: Black with green and brown and white pruinose.
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Magicicada cassinii (Fisher, 1852)

Cassini Periodical Cicada or 17-Year Cicada
  • Short Name: M. cassini
  • Common Name: Cassini Periodical Cicada or 17-Year Cicada
  • Locations: GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs.
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Magicicada neotredecim Marshall and Cooley, 2000

13 Periodical Cicada or 13-Year Cicada or John and David's Cicada
  • Short Name: M. neotredecim
  • Common Name: 13 Periodical Cicada or 13-Year Cicada or John and David's Cicada
  • Locations: AR, IA, IL, IN, KY, MO, TN
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on abdomen. Orange between eye and wing.
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Magicicada septendecim (Linnaeus, 1758)

Decim Periodical Cicada or Linnaeus's 17-Year Cicada or 17-Year Cicada
  • Short Name: M. septendecim
  • Common Name: Decim Periodical Cicada or Linnaeus's 17-Year Cicada or 17-Year Cicada
  • Locations: CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WI, WV
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on abdomen. Orange between eye and wing.
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Magicicada septendecula Alexander and Moore, 1962

Decula Periodical Cicdada or 17-Year Cicada
  • Short Name: M. septendecula
  • Common Name: Decula Periodical Cicdada or 17-Year Cicada
  • Locations: GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA, WV
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on abdomen.
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Magicicada tredecassini Alexander and Moore, 1962

13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Cassini
  • Short Name: M. tredecassini
  • Common Name: 13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Cassini
  • Locations: AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, VA
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs.
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Magicicada tredecim (Walsh and Riley, 1868)

13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Decim
  • Short Name: M. tredecim
  • Common Name: 13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Decim
  • Locations: AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, VA
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on abdomen. Orange between eye and wing.
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Magicicada tredecula Alexander and Moore, 1962

13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Decula
  • Short Name: M. tredecula
  • Common Name: 13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Decula
  • Locations: AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, VA
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on abdomen.
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Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica (Say, 1830)

Hieroglyphic Cicada
  • Short Name: N. hieroglyphica hieroglyphica
  • Common Name: Hieroglyphic Cicada
  • Locations: AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
  • Eyes: varies
  • Collar: varies
  • Description: Black, brown and green patterns.
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Neotibicen auletes (Germar, 1834)

Northern Dusk Singing Cicada
  • Short Name: N. auletes
  • Common Name: Northern Dusk Singing Cicada
  • Locations: AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI
  • Eyes: gray / beige
  • Collar: olive or rusty brown
  • Description: The largest North American cicada. Olive green to rusty brown with black, tan and white coloring. Heavy white pruinosis. M on mesonotum typically partially ocluded by pruinosis. Sings at dusk.
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Neotibicen canicularis (Harris, 1841)

Dog-day Cicada
  • Short Name: N. canicularis
  • Common Name: Dog-day Cicada
  • Locations: AR, CT, DC, IL, IN, IA, KS, ME, MB, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NB, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, NS, OH, ON, PA, PE, QC, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI
  • Eyes: varies
  • Collar: varies
  • Description: Typical black, brown, beige and green Tibicen camo patterns. Primary color varies from browns to greens. Collar is often a mix of green & black. Sounds like an angle grinder tool, and like N. auriferus & N. davisi.
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Neotibicen davisi davisi (Smith and Grossbeck, 1907)

Davis' Southeastern Dog-Day Cicada
  • Short Name: N. davisi davisi
  • Common Name: Davis' Southeastern Dog-Day Cicada
  • Locations: AL, DE, DC, FL, GA, LA, MD, MA, MS, NJ, NY, NC, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
  • Eyes: varies
  • Collar: brown or green
  • Description: The davisi comes in a wide variety of colors: from rusty browns to greens. A crown-like pattern on the mesonotum. Sounds like an angle grinder tool, & sounds like N. auriferus & N. canicularis.
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Neotibicen dealbatus (Davis, 1915)

  • Short Name: N. dealbatus
  • Locations: CO, IA, KS, MT, NE, NM, ND, OK, SD, TX, WY
  • Eyes: beige
  • Collar: light orange or olive
  • Description: Primarily either orange/rust or pea green, brown, black with heavy pruninosity which forms distinct markings on dorsal side of body. Dorsal side has two black stripes framed by three areas of pruinosity. Sounds like N. pronotalis.
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Neotibicen dorsatus (Say, 1825)

Bush Cicada or Grand Western or Giant Grassland Cicada
  • Short Name: N. dorsatus
  • Common Name: Bush Cicada or Grand Western or Giant Grassland Cicada
  • Locations: AR, CO, ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, WY
  • Eyes: beige to brown
  • Collar: light orange
  • Description: Rust/orange, black & white pruinosity, which forms distinct markings, such as a line of white dots down the dorsal side of the abdomen. Sounds like N. tremulus. Has a call that sounds like a rapid series of clicks.
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Neotibicen figuratus (Walker, 1858)

Fall Southeastern Dusk-singing Cicada
  • Short Name: N. figuratus
  • Common Name: Fall Southeastern Dusk-singing Cicada
  • Locations: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA
  • Eyes: brown
  • Collar: brown
  • Description: Black and browns. White pruinosis.
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Neotibicen latifasciatus (Davis, 1915)

Coastal Scissor(s) Grinder Cicada
  • Short Name: N. latifasciatus
  • Common Name: Coastal Scissor(s) Grinder Cicada
  • Locations: FL, MD, NJ, NC, VA
  • Eyes: brown
  • Collar: brown or green
  • Description: If the cicada has a white X on its back, it is a latifasciatus. Repetitive, rhythmic, call like someone repeatedly running a scissor over a grinding wheel.
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Neotibicen linnei (Smith and Grossbeck, 1907)

Linne's Cicada
  • Short Name: N. linnei
  • Common Name: Linne's Cicada
  • Locations: AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, ON, PA, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI
  • Eyes: dark brown
  • Collar: green
  • Description: Black, green and some brown camo pattern. Prominent M. Bend in its wing. Sounds like N. tibicen.
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Neotibicen lyricen engelhardti (Davis, 1910)

Dark Lyric Cicada
  • Short Name: N. lyricen engelhardti
  • Common Name: Dark Lyric Cicada
  • Locations: AL, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IN, IL, KY, MD, MA, MS, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WV
  • Eyes: black
  • Collar: black
  • Description: The Dark Lyric Cicadas have the darkest coloration of all the Lyric cicadas. Their mesonotum is almost entirely dark brown/black. They have a "soda-pop pull-tab" or keyhole shape on their pronotum.
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Neotibicen lyricen lyricen (De Geer, 1773)

Lyric Cicada
  • Short Name: N. lyricen lyricen
  • Common Name: Lyric Cicada
  • Locations: AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, ON, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI
  • Eyes: brown
  • Collar: black
  • Description: The Lyric cicada, like most small Neotibicen, has a green, black & brown camouflage look, but the key is Lyric cicadas typically have black collars. Its sound is like an angle grinder tool steadily grinding a slightly uneven surface.
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Neotibicen pronotalis walkeri Metcalf, 1955

Walker's Cicada
  • Short Name: N. pronotalis walkeri
  • Common Name: Walker's Cicada
  • Locations: AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI, WY
  • Eyes: gray
  • Collar: green or brown
  • Description: Tan or pea green, brown, black, and sometimes white pruinose. Wing color matches dominant color of body. Typically lacks a black marking on its pronotum.
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Neotibicen pruinosus pruinosus (Say, 1825)

Scissor(s) Grinder
  • Short Name: N. pruinosus pruinosus
  • Common Name: Scissor(s) Grinder
  • Locations: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI
  • Eyes: black
  • Collar: green
  • Description: The Scissor Grinder looks a lot like Linne's Cicada but their wing doesn't have bend that Linne's Cicada has. The Scissor Grinder also seems to have more of an orange coloration to the 'arches' on its mesonotum.
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Neotibicen resh (Haldeman, 1852)

Resh Cicada
  • Short Name: N. resh
  • Common Name: Resh Cicada
  • Locations: AR, KS, LA, MS, NE, OK, SC, TN, TX
  • Eyes: varies
  • Collar: olive
  • Description: Black, green and brown camo pattern. White pruinosis. Resh Hebrew character pattern on mesonotum.
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Neotibicen resonans (Walker, 1850)

Southern Resonant/Great Pine Barrens Cicada
  • Short Name: N. resonans
  • Common Name: Southern Resonant/Great Pine Barrens Cicada
  • Locations: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA
  • Eyes: brown
  • Collar: brown
  • Description: Brown, black & white pruinosity distinctively present within curves of the cruciform elevation.
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Neotibicen superbus (Fitch, 1855)

Superb Dog-Day Cicada

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (Linnaeus, 1758)

Swamp Cicada, Morning Cicada
  • Short Name: N. tibicen tibicen
  • Common Name: Swamp Cicada, Morning Cicada
  • Locations: AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WV, WI
  • Eyes: black or dark green
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Swamp Cicadas are are known for their rounded, humped back. Their coloration varies from mostly black & some green to black, brown and green. Their collar is usually black, but can include green.
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Neotibicen winnemanna (Davis, 1912)

Eastern Scissor(s) Grinder
  • Short Name: N. winnemanna
  • Common Name: Eastern Scissor(s) Grinder
  • Locations: AL, AR, DE, DC, GA, IN, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
  • Eyes: dark green
  • Collar: green
  • Description: Like the Scissor Grinder, the Eastern Scissor Grinder seems to have more of an orange hue to the arches on its mesonotum, perhaps even more so than the Scissor Grinder.
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Okanagana bella Davis, 1919

Mountain Cicada
  • Short Name: O. bella
  • Common Name: Mountain Cicada
  • Locations: AB, AZ, BC, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
  • Eyes: black
  • Collar: orange
  • Description: Black with orange highlights.
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Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889)

Canadian Cicada
  • Short Name: O. canadensis
  • Common Name: Canadian Cicada
  • Locations: AB, BC, CA, CO, ID, ME, MB, MI, MN, MT, NB, NH, NY, NT, OH, ON, OR, PA, QC, SK, SD, UT, VT, WI
  • Eyes: dark gray
  • Collar: black and beige
  • Description: Black with beige highlights.
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Okanagana rimosa rimosa (Say, 1830)

Say's Cicada
  • Short Name: O. rimosa rimosa
  • Common Name: Say's Cicada
  • Locations: AB, BC, CA, CT, ID, IL, IN, IA, ME, MB, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NV, NB, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OH, ON, OR, PA, QC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • Eyes: n/a
  • Collar: n/a
  • Description: n/a
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Pacarina puella Davis, 1923


Quesada gigas (Olivier, 1790)

Giant Cicada
  • Short Name: Q. gigas
  • Common Name: Giant Cicada
  • Locations: TX
  • Eyes: brown
  • Collar: brown to green
  • Description: The second largest North American cicada. Black, green and brown camo patterns.
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Related Resources

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Maps: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico [PDF]

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