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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 26, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – July 26th

Filed under: Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations — Tags: — Dan @ 7:41 pm

A Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicada that crawled into spruce tree sap and molted:

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen in Sap (cropped)

I “rescued” the cicada and let it finish hardening in a butterfly pavilion so it didn’t get stuck in the sap.

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.

July 23, 2023

Summer of Neotibicen tibicen tibicen – July 23rd, part 2

Filed under: Molting | Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations — Tags: — Dan @ 8:24 pm

Enjoy the Neotibicen tibicen tibicen gallery for July 23rd, part 2!

A molting Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 9

A molting Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 10

A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 11

A molting Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 12

A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 13

A recently molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 14

A fully sclerotized Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 15

A fully sclerotized Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
July 23 (small) 16

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 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.

July 11, 2023

Lyric Cicada Nymph and Adult Comparison

Filed under: Neotibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 11:15 am

The Lyric Cicada (Neotibicen lyricen) is found in most states west of the Rocky Mountains.

This is what a Lyric Cicada nymph looks like before it molts:
Neotibicen lyricen nymph

This is what it looks like as an adult:
Neotibicen lyricen adult

Hardened Lyricen 02(large)

Note that the Lyric Cicada’s eye color (brown), wing vein color (green), and foreleg color (orange-brown) are visible as a nymph and adult.

Here’s the in-between teneral phase:

Lyric Cicada Teneral

May 27, 2023

2023 Magicicada straggler update

Filed under: Brood X | Brood XIII | Brood XIV | Brood XIX | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 6:49 am

Updated for June 7th!

Here’s a map of 2023 Magicicada straggler sightings from 2023 Magicicada stragglers iNaturalist project and the Cicada Safari app. Dr. Gene Kritsky compiled the map.

Kritsky map June 7

It looks like there are plenty of stragglers from these broods:

Learn about Magicicada stragglers.

December 20, 2022

Video of a Mogannia minuta cicada

Filed under: Mogannia — Tags: — Dan @ 10:53 pm

Enjoy this video of a Mogannia minuta by saku dainaman2 on YouTube:

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