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U.S.A. & Canada Cicadidae

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#NameShort NameCommon NameSynonym / Former NameLocationMapDescription Reference Sites
1Cicadetta calliope calliope (Walker, 1850)
Southern Grass Cicada

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C. calliope calliopeSouthern Grass CicadaAL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NC, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VAPDF Map
  • Eyes: pink, beige
  • Collar: rust, brown
  • Description: Small. Black and brown.
  • Lifecycle: Annual
2Diceroprocta vitripennis (Say, 1830)
Green Winged Cicada

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D. vitripennisGreen Winged CicadaAL, AR, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NE, OK, TN, TX, WIPDF Map
  • Eyes: green
  • Collar: green
  • Description: Black with green and brown and white pruinose.
  • Lifecycle: Annual
3Magicicada cassinii (Fisher, 1852)
Cassini Periodical Cicada or 17-Year Cicada

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M. cassiniCassini Periodical Cicada or 17-Year CicadaMagicicada cassiniGA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, VA, WI, WVMap
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs.
  • Lifecycle:17 year Periodical
4Magicicada neotredecim Marshall and Cooley, 2000
13 Periodical Cicada or 13-Year Cicada or John and David's Cicada

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M. neotredecim13 Periodical Cicada or 13-Year Cicada or John and David's CicadaAR, IA, IL, IN, KY, MO, TNMap
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on abdomen. Orange between eye and wing.
  • Lifecycle:13 year Periodical
5Magicicada septendecim (Linnaeus, 1758)
Decim Periodical Cicada or Linnaeus's 17-Year Cicada or 17-Year Cicada

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M. septendecimDecim Periodical Cicada or Linnaeus's 17-Year Cicada or 17-Year CicadaCT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WI, WVMap
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on abdomen. Orange between eye and wing.
  • Lifecycle:17 year Periodical
6Magicicada septendecula Alexander and Moore, 1962
Decula Periodical Cicdada or 17-Year Cicada

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M. septendeculaDecula Periodical Cicdada or 17-Year CicadaGA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA, WVMap
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on abdomen.
  • Lifecycle:17 year Periodical
7Magicicada tredecassini Alexander and Moore, 1962
13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Cassini

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M. tredecassini13-Year Cicada or 13-Year CassiniAL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, VAMap
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs.
  • Lifecycle:13 year Periodical
8Magicicada tredecim (Walsh and Riley, 1868)
13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Decim

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M. tredecim13-Year Cicada or 13-Year DecimAL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, VAMap
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on abdomen. Orange between eye and wing.
  • Lifecycle:13 year Periodical
9Magicicada tredecula Alexander and Moore, 1962
13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Decula

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M. tredecula13-Year Cicada or 13-Year DeculaAL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, VAMap
  • Eyes: reddish orange
  • Collar: black
  • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on abdomen.
  • Lifecycle:13 year Periodical
10Megatibicen auletes (Germar, 1834)
Northern Dusk Singing Cicada

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M. auletesNorthern Dusk Singing CicadaTibicen auletesAL, 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, WIPDF Map
  • 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.
  • Lifecycle: Annual
11Megatibicen pronotalis walkeri Metcalf, 1955
Walker's Cicada

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M. pronotalis walkeriWalker's CicadaTibicen marginalis, Tibicen pronotalis walkeriAL, 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, WYPDF Map
  • 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.
  • Lifecycle: Annual
12Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica (Say, 1830)
Hieroglyphic Cicada

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N. hieroglyphica hieroglyphicaHieroglyphic CicadaAL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VAPDF Map
  • Eyes: varies
  • Collar: varies
  • Description: Black, brown and green patterns.
  • Lifecycle: Annual
13Neotibicen linnei (Smith and Grossbeck, 1907)
Linne's Cicada

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N. linneiLinne's CicadaTibicen linneiAL, 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, WIPDF Map
  • Eyes: dark brown
  • Collar: green
  • Description: Black, green and some brown camo pattern. Prominent M. Bend in its wing. Sounds like N. tibicen.
  • Lifecycle: Annual
14Neotibicen lyricen engelhardti (Davis, 1910)
Dark Lyric Cicada

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N. lyricen engelhardtiDark Lyric CicadaTibicen lyricen engelhardtiAL, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IN, IL, KY, MD, MA, MS, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WVPDF Map
  • 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.
  • Lifecycle: Annual
15Neotibicen lyricen lyricen (De Geer, 1773)
Lyric Cicada

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N. lyricen lyricenLyric CicadaTibicen lyricen lyricenAL, 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, WIPDF Map
  • 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.
  • Lifecycle: Annual
16Neotibicen pruinosus pruinosus (Say, 1825)
Scissor(s) Grinder

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N. pruinosus pruinosusScissor(s) GrinderTibicen pruinosus pruinosusAL, 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, WIPDF Map
  • 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.
  • Lifecycle: Annual
17Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (Linnaeus, 1758)
Swamp Cicada, Morning Cicada

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N. tibicen tibicenSwamp Cicada, Morning CicadaTibicen cholormera, Tibicen tibicen tibicenAL, 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, WIPDF Map
  • 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.
  • Lifecycle: Annual
18Neotibicen winnemanna (Davis, 1912)
Eastern Scissor(s) Grinder

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N. winnemannaEastern Scissor(s) GrinderTibicen winnemannaAL, AR, DE, DC, GA, IN, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WVPDF Map
  • 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.
  • Lifecycle: Annual

Maps

List of sources

  • Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
  • Common names: BugGuide.net; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
  • Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
  • Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.

Notes:

  • n/a means not (currently) available, not not applicable.
  • Some descriptions are based on aged specimens which have lost some or a lot of their color.

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