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July 23, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – July 23rd, part 1

Filed under: Molting | Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations | Teneral — Tags: — Dan @ 7:43 pm

Enjoy the Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen gallery for July 23rd, part 1.

A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 1

Two recently molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. Male in the foreground, Female in the background.
July 23 (small) 2

A fully sclerotized female Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 3

A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 4

A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. I don’t know how it got around that spruce sap!
July 23 (small) 5

July 23 (small) 6

A molting Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 7

A molting Female Neotibicen tibicen tibicen:
July 23 (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 22, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – July 22nd

Filed under: Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations | Teneral — Tags: — Dan @ 7:44 pm

This is the July 22nd edition of the summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen photo series.
Take a look at July 16th edition.

Trivia: an older name of this cicada was Tibicen chloromera. Chloromera means green thighs.

Note the green thighs of these molting (formerly known as) chloromera:
July 22nd Neotibicen tibicen tibicen

July 22nd Neotibicen tibicen tibicen

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 16, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – July 16th

Filed under: Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations | Teneral — Tags: — Dan @ 7:09 pm

In my town, Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicadas, commonly know as Morning Cicadas (because they sing in the morning) or Swamp Cicadas (not a good name because they live in a variety of habitats), are the dominant annual cicada species. Each summer they emerge in good numbers and molt on spruce trees, where I observe and photograph them. Each year is different, but usually they arrive the first week of July and continue to emerge until the second or third week of August.

This post will be one of many featuring night and some daytime photo, with one or two posts devoted to a single day.

Molting Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. Note the blue color of the wings and green eyes:
July 16th Neotibicen tibicen tibicen

One of the more interesting aspects of their transformation is when their head separates from the rest of the body so it can widen, and then is pulled back onto the rest of the body.

A different Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. Note the blue color of the wings, green eyes and green legs:
July 16th Neotibicen tibicen tibicen

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.

September 30, 2022

Neotibicen lyricen nymph crawling up a tree

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen | Nymphs | Video — Tags: — Dan @ 7:43 pm

Here’s a video of a Neotibicen lyricen nymph crawling up the trunk of a fir tree, looking for a place to molt. Note the dark eyes and green wing buds. This particular pine tree is my go-to for Lyric cicadas. Here’s another: Neotibicen lyricen molting.

Thumbnail:
ThumbNail Neotibicen lyricen

June 28, 2022

Cicada Season Kicks off in New Jersey

Filed under: Exuvia | Leptopsaltriini | Neocicada — Tags: — Dan @ 6:00 am

Updating (9/8) with some photos of an adult male Hieropglyhic cicada.

Hieropglyhic cicada NJ 2022

Hieropglyhic cicada

Updating (6/28) with some more locations: Bass River Park (E Greenbrook Rd), Harrisville Pond, Franklin Parker preserve.

Cicada season started in New Jersey last week with the emergence and singing of Neocicada Hieroglyphica aka the Hieroglyphic cicada. I heard them in Brendan T. Byrne state park and Hammonton. Someone on our Instagram said he heard them in Vineland.

Cicadas.info which specializes in the cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic, has Hieropglyhic cicadas starting around June 8th — this makes sense because they’re found in Florida, as well as more northern states like New Jersey and New York (Long Island).

You can hear their high-pitched screams in this video:

Here is the molted skin of a Hieroglyphic cicada:
Hieroglyphic Cicada

April 13, 2022

Cicada Nypmhs

Filed under: Nymphs — Dan @ 8:46 pm

Monday I was doing some landscaping and I found these Magicicada nymphs feeding on the roots of a boxwood shrub. They appear to be third-instar Brood II Magicicada nymphs. 9 years old!

3rd instar Magicicada nymph

3rd instar Magicicada nymph

March 27, 2022

Neotibicen lyricen molting in New Jersey July 2021

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Molting | Neotibicen | Nymphs | Teneral | United States — Dan @ 5:39 am

Here are some Neotibicen lyricen molting in New Jersey July 2021.

Rich caramel eyes; blues & pinks in pronotal collar, legs, and mesonotum; green wings (that will stay green) and orange abdomen.

Neotibicen lyricen New Jersey July 2021

Neotibicen lyricen New Jersey July 2021

Neotibicen lyricen New Jersey July 2021 02

Molting Neotibicen tibicen cicadas

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Molting | Neotibicen | Teneral | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 5:10 am

Here’s some photos of Molting Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicadas taken in New Jersey in July of 2021.

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

June 9, 2021

Brood X 2021 Princeton, New Jersey

Filed under: Brood X | Eye Color | Magicicada — Tags: — Dan @ 9:37 pm

The Princeton Battlefield (historical location of one of George Washington’s battles) has always been a great place to find Brood X periodical cicadas.

Here are a few photos I took last weekend:

A female Magicicada septendecim with white eyes & costal wing margin mating:
Magicicada with white eyes mating

A female Magicicada septendecim with white eyes & costal wing margin:
Magicicada septendecim female with white eyes

Magicicada with beige eyes:
Magicicada with beige eyes

Many, many exit holes:
Loads of holes

Triple exit holes in mud (kinda looks like a skull):
Triple exit holes in mud

Egg nests carved into branches by the cicadas ovipositor:
Egg nests

May 31, 2021

What are the black spots on the back of a Magicicada cicada?

Filed under: Magicicada | Teneral — Dan @ 3:24 pm

Black Spots

The question I saw most this year (2021) was “what are the black spots on the back of cicadas for”? The people asking this question are specifically talking about Magicicada cicadas that have recently molted and are still white/cream colored and soft (teneral from the Latin word “tenen” meaning soft).

The area of the cicada where the black spots appear is called the pronotum — “pro”, meaning before in Greek, and “notum”, meaning the back, also in Greek. Before the back.

The spots contain a pigment that will gradually spread throughout a cicada body as it hardens, and transforms from white to black.

People speculate that the two black spots resemble eyes, and that might scare away predators. This might be possible, but I haven’t read anything to substantiate the hypothesis.

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