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October 21, 2006

Superb Neotibicen Photos from Todd Quinn

Filed under: Neotibicen | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) | Tibicen — Dan @ 11:26 am

Todd Quinn send us some superb Neoibicen photos. Click the photos below to see huge versions.

Todd Quinn

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This photo is incredible. Check out the detail on the eyes!

Todd Quinn

September 25, 2006

Magicicada Curveball

Filed under: Brood XXIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 8:17 pm

I bet you thought I was going to post another Tibicen photo! Here’s a Magicicada photo Ryan Anderson took during the 2002 brood XXIII emergence in Kentucky.

Magicicada

Now is a good a time as any to point out the difference between Magicicadas and Tibicens:

Magicicadas:

  • Emerge in en masse in groups called broods
  • There are 15 different broods. Broods emerge every 13 or 17 years depending on the brood. No broods emerged in 2006.
  • Magicicadas have red eyes, black bodies and orange legs and wings
  • Other names for Magicicadas: periodical cicadas, “locusts”, 17-year cicadas, 13-year cicadas

Tibicens:

  • Emerge in limited numbers, and not in broods
  • Emerge every year
  • Tibicens are typically larger than Magicicadas. Tibicens are usually a combination of green, black, or brown.
  • Other names for Tibicens: Harvest Flies, annual cicadas, Dog-Day cicadas

Indiana Tibicen

Filed under: Neotibicen | Tibicen — Dan @ 7:37 pm

Catherine M from sent us these photos of a Neotibicen entering the adulthood.

Tibicen

Tibicen

Michigan Tibicens

Filed under: Neotibicen | Tibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 7:24 pm

Patrick Farr sent us this cool picture of two adult cicadas climbing on his hand. They’re Tibicens, but I’m not sure of the species.

Gerry Bunker said in the comments that this is likely a T. canicularis.

Tibicen

New Jersey Cicada

Filed under: Neotibicen | Tibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 7:20 pm

Marsha M. sent us this photo of a Neotibicen tibicen (T. chloromerus, T. chloromera) from New Jersey! Read more about it on her blog.

Tibicen

Ohio Neotibicen

Filed under: Neotibicen | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) | Tibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 7:11 pm

Edward Austin sent us this photo of a Tibicen from Fulton County Ohio. If someone knows the species, please post it in the comments.

Ohio Tibicen

Tibicen photo

Filed under: Neocicada | Tibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 6:59 pm

Carol W. took this wonderful photo of a Tibicen (it is a Tibicen linnei) in Lexington KY on the 4th of July (took me 81 days to post it).

Carol W N. Linnei

September 22, 2006

August Dry Birds and end of the Tibicen season

Filed under: Neocicada | Tibicen — Dan @ 1:50 pm

Anyone familar with the term “August Dry Birds”? William M wrote to say to he knew a farmer in Vermont who called cicadas that. I’ve heard of “locusts” and “harvest fly” before, but “August Dry Birds” is new to me.

Some news article found by Roy:

Cicadas’ summer song hits high-volume pitch.

I went hiking last weekend in New Jersey’s Atlantic Highlands (yes, New Jersey has trees and wildlife) and I heard plenty of Tibicen cicadas, but I think we’re close to the end of the season. Anyone else still hearing Tibicens?

September 5, 2006

A cicada photo from South Korea

Filed under: Cryptotympana | Korea | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) — Tags: — Dan @ 3:19 pm

The photo below was taken by Jon Allen in Yeouido park in Seoul in South Korea. Click the image for a huge version. Anyone know what it is?

A cicada photo from South Korea

Visit the gallery page for the Cryptotympana atrata .

An interesting question about Neotibicen identification

Paul Krombholz has an interesting question about Neotibicen identification.

In Kathy Hill’s picture of 18 species, T. canicularis looks quite different from T. davisi, but I have at least one T. davisi, captured in my back yard, that looks very similar to three canicularis individuals I caught in Northern Illinois a couple of weeks ago. The canicularis individuals all have the white “hip” spots and none of my davisi have them have them. T. davisi has a slightly larger head. The big question is, What features reliably distinguish the two species considering all the variety seen within species?

Tibicen davisi

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