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October 20, 2023

Pink teneral Neotibicen lyricen

Filed under: Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations | Teneral — Tags: — Dan @ 9:10 pm

Neotibicen cicadas come in a variety of pastel colors when they are in their teneral (soft) phase, when they inflate their wings and harden their bodies after molting their nymphal skins. Teneral Neotibicen can feature the colors pink, yellow and blue, in addition to pastel versions of the oranges, browns and greens we commonly see on their fully-hardened adult bodies.

Here’s an example of a male Neotibicen lyricen that was pink when it was teneral:

Pink teneral Neotibicen lyricen

Pink teneral Neotibicen lyricen

Pink teneral Neotibicen lyricen

Here’s photos of the same cicada as a nymph and a hardened adult. See that its mesonotum are black and brown, not green and brown. It’s closer to a Neotibicen lyricen engelhardti than the Neotibicen lyricen lyricen, which has green on its mesonotum (the cicada’s shield-like back).

Hardened adult:
Hardened Lyricen 02(small)

Megatibicen grossus odds and ends

Filed under: Exuvia | Megatibicen | Photos & Illustrations — Tags: , — Dan @ 7:44 pm

I had virtually no time in the summer of 2023 to look for cicadas outside my town. Also in 2023, the name of Megatibicen auletes (Germar, 1834) aka Northern Dusk Singing Cicada changed to Megatibicen grossus. While I was not lucky enough to see a Megatibicen grossus, I did find exuvia (molted skins), a headless corpse and some exit holes in late August in the Brendan Byrne park in New Jersey. Something is better than nothing.

A male exuvia and a headless female Megatibicen grossus
Small exuvia and  female Megatibicen corpse

A headless female Megatibicen grossus
Small female Megatibicen corpse

A Megatibicen grossus exuvia with ruler.
Small Megatibicen exuvia

A Megatibicen grossus hole
Small Megatibicen hole

Three exuvia top to bottom: Megatibicen auletes, Neotibicen sp., Neocicada hieroglyphica
Small image of Megatibicen, Neotibicen and Neocicada skins.

August 13, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – August 13th

Filed under: Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations | Teneral — Dan @ 7:51 pm

The last Neotibicen tibicen tibicen I found in 2023, on August 13th.

Last Neotibicen tibicen tibicen of the year 2

SoNtt Calendar: July 16th, July 22nd, July 23rd part 1, July 23rd part 2, July 24th, July 26th, July 27th, July 28th, July 29th, July 30th part 1, July 30th part 2, August 1st, August 4th, August 9th, August 11th, August 13th.

August 4, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – August 4th

Filed under: Exuvia | Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations — Tags: — Dan @ 5:27 pm

My family and I captured and molted over 50 Neotibicen cicadas in 2023. We molt them in butterfly pavilions and then release them the next day. Most are Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (Morning cicadas).

Here’s the collection of exuvia (skins) as of August 4th.

August 4th exuvia (small)

SoNtt Calendar: July 16th, July 22nd, July 23rd part 1, July 23rd part 2, July 24th, July 26th, July 27th, July 28th, July 29th, July 30th part 1, July 30th part 2, August 1st, August 4th, August 9th, August 11th, August 13th.

August 1, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – August 1st

Filed under: Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations | Teneral — Tags: — Dan @ 6:17 pm

This is the August 1st edition of the Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen.

This cicada has molted and its wings have filled with fluid and are in place, ready to harden. It is a male.
August 1st (small) 1

August 1st (small) 2

SoNtt Calendar: July 16th, July 22nd, July 23rd part 1, July 23rd part 2, July 24th, July 26th, July 27th, July 28th, July 29th, July 30th part 1, July 30th part 2, August 1st, August 4th, August 9th, August 11th, August 13th.

July 30, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – July 30th, part 2

Filed under: Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations | Teneral — Tags: — Dan @ 8:44 pm

Enjoy the Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen gallery for July 30th, part 2.

Recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 30th (small) 9

Recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 30th (small) 10

Recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 30th (small) 11

Molting male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 30th (small) 12

Recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 30th (small) 13

Molting male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 30th (small) 14

Recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 30th (small) 15

Neotibicen emergence hole. It was a very rainy, mudding year in New Jersey!
July 30th (small)

SoNtt Calendar: July 16th, July 22nd, July 23rd part 1, July 23rd part 2, July 24th, July 26th, July 27th, July 28th, July 29th, July 30th part 1, July 30th part 2, August 1st, August 4th, August 9th, August 11th, August 13th.

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – July 30th, part 1

Filed under: Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations | Teneral — Tags: — Dan @ 8:31 pm

Enjoy the Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen gallery for July 30th, part 1.

A recently molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicada:
July 30th (small) 1

A recently molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicada:
July 30th (small) 2

A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicada:
July 30th (small) 3

A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicada:
July 30th (small) 4

A recently molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicada:
July 30th (small) 5

A recently molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicada:
July 30th (small) 6

A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicada:
July 30th (small) 7

A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicada:
July 30th (small) 8

SoNtt Calendar: July 16th, July 22nd, July 23rd part 1, July 23rd part 2, July 24th, July 26th, July 27th, July 28th, July 29th, July 30th part 1, July 30th part 2, August 1st, August 4th, August 9th, August 11th, August 13th.

July 29, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – July 29th

Filed under: Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations | Teneral — Tags: — Dan @ 8:30 pm

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. Peewee the Chihuahua for scale.
PEEWEE

Teneral Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicada spreading its wings:
July 29th Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (large) 2

A Neotibicen tibicen tibicen getting ready to lean forward, grab its old skin and pull out the rest of its body.
July 29th Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (large) 2

SoNtt Calendar: July 16th, July 22nd, July 23rd part 1, July 23rd part 2, July 24th, July 26th, July 27th, July 28th, July 29th, July 30th part 1, July 30th part 2, August 1st, August 4th, August 9th, August 11th, August 13th.

July 27, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – July 27th

Filed under: Neotibicen | Nymphs | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 5:39 pm

It can be difficult to tell which species of Neotibicen cicada is lurking inside the skin of a nymph. It you look close the hint of blue above the wing bud and green of the legs gives it away… this one turned out to be a Neotibicen tibicen tibicen

Nymph (small)

SoNtt Calendar: July 16th, July 22nd, July 23rd part 1, July 23rd part 2, July 24th, July 26th, July 27th, July 28th, July 29th, July 30th part 1, July 30th part 2, August 1st, August 4th, August 9th, August 11th, August 13th.

July 24, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – July 24th

Filed under: Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations | Teneral — Tags: — Dan @ 6:46 am

This is the July 24th edition of the Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (aka Morning or Swamp Cicada) photo series.
Take a look at July 16th edition.

Molting Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. Note the blue on the wings and green eyes.
July 24th Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (small) 2

Molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. Note the green eyes and blue on the pronotum!
July 24th Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (small)

SoNtt Calendar: July 16th, July 22nd, July 23rd part 1, July 23rd part 2, July 24th, July 26th, July 27th, July 28th, July 29th, July 30th part 1, July 30th part 2, August 1st, August 4th, August 9th, August 11th, August 13th.

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