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September 13, 2020

Australian Cicada Names

Filed under: Australia | David Emery | L. W. Popple | Nathan Emery — Dan @ 1:01 am

This page features information about common cicadas of Australia researchers, and websites dedicated to the cicadas of Australia. Australia has the best cicada names!

Bladder Cicada (Cystosoma saundersii)

The Bladder Cicada can be sound in eastern Queensland & NSW1, can be found September-January, peaking in October2. It is called a Bladder Cicada because of its large abdomen.

Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii)
Photo by David Emery.

Cyclochila australasiae

Cyclochila australasiae can be found in eastern Queensland, NSW and Victoria, and most emerge between September & December1, but peaking in November2.

All Cyclochila australasiae info on this site.

Green Grocer morph of Cyclochila australasiae

Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) photo by Bron
Photo by Bron.

Green Grocer morph of Cyclochila australasiae

Kevin Lee's Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae)
Photo by Kevin Lee. Yellow-Green Green Grocer with Mask.

Yellow Monday morph of Cyclochila australasiae

Yellow Monday (Cyclochila australasiae) photos by Tom Katzoulopolopoulous.
Photo by Tom Katzoulopolopoulous.

Blue Moon morph of Cyclochila australasiae

Cyclochila australasiae, Blue Moon, by David Emery
Photo by David Emery.

Masked Devil morph of Cyclochila australasiae

Masked Devil cicada (Cyclochila australasiae). Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

Bagpipe Cicada (Lembeja paradoxa)

The Bagpipe cicada can be found in the Northern tip of Queensland1, from October to February, but they’re most common during January2.

Lembeja paradoxa (Karsch, 1890). Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

Cherrynose or Whiskey Drinker (Macrotristria angularis)

The Cherry Nose cicada can be found in Eastern Queensland, NSW, and a small part of South Australia, and is found November-February1, but is most common in December2.

Cherry Nose cicada (Macrotristria angularis). Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

Double Drummer (Thopha saccata)

The Double Drummer can be found in parts of eastern Queensland and Eastern NSW, from November to early March1. Peaks in December.

Double Drummer (Thopha saccata)
Photo by Dan.

White Drummer (Arunta perulata)

The White Drummer cicada can be found in eastern Queensland and NSW, from November to April, but they are most common during December and January1.

White Drummer cicada (Arunta perulata). Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

When: January.

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata) photos by Jodi from 2007. Australia.
Photo by Jodi.

Redeye cicada (Psaltoda moerens)

The Redeye cicada can be found in eastern NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania, and are most abundant in late November and December1, but can be found until February2.

Redeye cicada (Aleeta curvicosta). Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

Golden Emperor (Anapsaltoda pulchra)

When is it out: Nov-Jan.

Anapsaltoda pulchra - Golden Emperors. Photo by David Emery.
Photo by David Emery.

Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta)

The Floury Baker can be found along the coast of Queensland & NSW. Adults are most common in late December and January1.

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Photo by Michelle Thompson.

Tiger Prince or Tiger Cherrynose (Macrotristria godingi)

Tiger Prince

Golden Twanger aka Diemeniana euronotiana

The Diemeniana euronotiana can be found in eastern NSW, south-eastern Victoria, and Tasmania. They are most common from late November to January1.

Diemeniana euronotiana
Diemeniana euronotiana. Photo by David Emery.

Tasmanian Hairy Cicada aka Tettigarcta

Out: January-May.

Tettigarctidae sp.
Tettigarcta tomentosa.

More interesting names:

Date and location:
1 Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990.
2 iNaturalist.com.

Researchers & resources:

David Emery

David Emery is a cicada researcher and has contributed many of the images you see on this website.

Use this amazing image by David Emery to identify some of the most well-known Australian cicada species:

Aussie cicadas 1 (3)

Nathan Emery

Nathan Emery released a cicada book called “A photo guide to the common cicadas of the Greater Sydney Region”. You can buy it online.
A photo guide to the common cicadas of the Greater Sydney Region

Dr. Popple

M.S. Moulds

Websites

  • Atlas of Living Australia Cicada page.
  • Brisbane Cicadas.
  • Narelle Power’s Cicada Photos.
  • Scribbly Gum’s The Summer of Signing Cicadas.
  • Morwell National Park Online.
  • Laura Imbruglia sings songs that mention Green Grocers and Yellow Mondays on her album “It Makes a Crunchy Noise”.
  • August 23, 2020

    Four new species of cicadas in the Yoyetta abdominalis (Distant) species group

    Filed under: Australia | David Emery | L. W. Popple | Yoyetta — Dan @ 12:44 pm

    Four new cicadas described in Australia! Here are the details:

    Paper: Four new species of cicadas in the Yoyetta abdominalis (Distant) species group (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Cicadettinae) from southeastern Australia
    Abstract:

    Four new species are added to the Yoyetta abdominalis (Distant) species group: Y. douglasi sp. nov., Y. enigmatica sp. nov., Y. loftyensis sp. nov., and Y. ngarabal sp. nov. Calling song descriptions and morphological descriptions are provided for each species. An updated key to male specimens is also provided for the species group.

    Author: Lindsay W. Popple; David L. Emery
    Year: 2020
    Journal: Records of the Australian Museum
    Publisher: The Australian Museum
    Link: https://journals.australian.museum/popple-2020-rec-aust-mus-724-123147/
    More info on Dr. Popple’s website: Restless Firetail, Mt Lofty Firetail, Glade Firetail, and Grampians Firetail.

    July 12, 2020

    Tibicina haematodes (Scopoli 1763) stamp from France

    Filed under: France | Stamps | Tibicina — Tags: — Dan @ 3:29 pm

    Here’s a Tibicina haematodes (Scopoli 1763) stamp from France:

    Tibicina haematodes (Scopoli 1763) stamp from France

    Tibicina haematodes (Scopoli 1763) stamp from France

    Bladder cicada trading card

    Filed under: Australia | Cystosoma | Pop Culture — Dan @ 3:25 pm

    Bladder cicada trading card. Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii) are found in Australia. Link to Dr. Popple’s website for more info.

    Bladder cicada trading card. Bladder cicadas are found in Australia.

    Chicago Area Periodical Cicada Emergences in 2020

    Filed under: Accelerations | Brood XIII | Magicicada | Periodical Stragglers | United States — Dan @ 10:04 am

    Many periodical cicadas emerged four years early in the Chicago area in 2020. These cicadas belong to the Brood XIII (13) which is set to emerge in 2024, and last emerged in 2007. Periodical cicadas often emerge in years proceeding or following the year their brood is expected to emerge. This phenomenon is called straggling. Most of the time these “stragglers” emerge in small numbers and are quickly eaten by predators, and do not go on to sing, chorus (synchronized singing for the purpose of attracting females), mate, and lay eggs. Sometimes they emerge in numbers large enough to survive, chorus, and reproduce — this seems to have happened in the Chicago area in 2020. It is thought this is how new broods formed over the millennia — cicadas emerge 4 or 1 year early in significant numbers and form a new brood. When enough stragglers emerge to successfully reproduce it is called an acceleration.

    So, is a new brood forming around Chicago? Is this due to climate change or localized “heat islands”? Will the progeny of these stragglers emerge in 13, 17 or 21 years? Lots of questions — but we’ll need to wait quite some time to answer them.

    There is a precedence for Brood XIII cicadas straggling in the Chicago area:

    In 1969 massive numbers of periodical cicadas emerged in the Chicago suburbs 1 (Williams, K.S. & Simon, C. 1995).

    In 1986, another 4-year acceleration was observed in the Chicago area by Monte Lloyd 1.

    In 2003, many people left observations on our forums. Observations were made in Glenview, Flossmoor, Riverside, Downers Grove, Homewood, Westmont, Oak Park, and Hinsdale. Here are some examples:

    Magicicada emerging this evening

    Date: Wednesday, Jun/4/2003

    As I went for a walk this evening I noticed quite a few periodic cicadas emerging in the grass, crawling on the sidewalks and on the trunks of trees. This is not our year for the 17-year brood. We should not have them until 2007. Has anyone else in the Chicago area seen these cicadas? — Sue, Flossmoor, IL

    Cicada singing

    Date: Monday, Jun/9/2003

    I heard the cicadas singing for the first time this morning after my walk. Now that I have my doors open I can hear them on and off. — Sue, Flossmoor, IL

    In 2020 many people left comments on the Brood XIII page, emailed us (thanks Neil) and left sightings via the Cicada Safari app.

    1Williams, K.S. & Simon, C. 1995. The Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution of Periodical Cicadas. Annual Review of Entomology. Vol. 40:269-295 (https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.en.40.010195.001413).

    May 27, 2020

    Where will 17 & 13 Year Periodical Cicada Broods emerge next?

    Skip to a section: Broods | Your Town | Pre Emergence Signs | Compare Magicicada Species.

    17 & 13 Year Periodical Cicadas

    Alerts: Brood XIII (17-year) and Brood XIX (13-year) emerge in 2024. The last time these broods co-emerged was 1803. April 11th: Magicicada cicadas have begun to emerge. Little by little and before you know it the full emergences will begin.

    Magicicada Chorus. Recorded in New Jersey, Brood X (2004) by Dan Mozgai:

    Magicicada Brood Chart

    The Brood Chart features the names of the broods (Roman numerals), their life cycle length when they will emerge next, which states they’ll emerge in, links to Maps, the species that will emerge, and other information. Click the maps for larger, detailed maps.

    Brood 17 or 13 Year Stragglers Probable States & Species
    I (1) 17 1961, 1978, 1995, 2012, 2029 2025 (-4), 2028 (-1) Species: M. septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula.
    States: TN, VA, WV
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_01/
    II (2) 17 1962, 1979, 1996, 2013, 2030 2026 (-4), 2029 (-1) Species: M. septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula.
    States: CT, GA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OK, PA, VA
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_02/
    III (3) 17 1963, 1980, 1997, 2014, 2031 2027 (-4), 2030 (-1) Species: M. septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula.
    States: IA, IL, MO
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_03/
    IV (4) 17 1964, 1981, 1998, 2015, 2032 2028 (-4), 2031 (-1) Species: M. septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula.
    States: IA, KS, MO, NE, OK, TX
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_04/
    V (5) 17 1965, 1982, 1999, 2016, 2033 2029 (-4), 2032 (-1) Species: M. septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula.
    States: LI NY, MD, OH, PA, VA, WV
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_05/
    VI (6) 17 1966, 1983, 2000, 2017, 2034 2030 (-4), 2933 (-1) Species: M. septendecim, M. septendecula.
    States: GA, NC, SC, WI, OH
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_06/
    VII (7) 17 1967, 1984, 2001, 2018, 2035 2031 (-4), 2034 (-1) Species: M. septendecim.
    States: NY
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_07/
    VIII (8) 17 1968, 1985, 2002, 2019, 2036 2032 (-4), 2035 (-1) Species: M. septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula.
    States: OH, PA, WV and OK
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_08/
    IX (9) 17 1969, 1986, 2003, 2020, 2037 2033 (-4), 2036 (-1) Species: M. septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula.
    States: NC, VA, WV
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_09/
    X (10) 17 1970, 1987, 2004, 2021, 2038 2034 (-4), 2037 (-1) Species: M. septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula.
    States: DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV, Washington
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_10/
    XIII (13) 17 1956, 1973, 1990, 2007, 2024, 2041 2023 (-1) Species: M. septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula.
    States: IA, IL, IN, MI, WI
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_13/
    XIV (14) 17 1957, 1974, 1991, 2008, 2025, 2042 2021 (-4), 2024 (-1) Species: M. septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula.
    States: GA, IN, KY, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_14/
    XIX (19) 13 1972, 1985, 1998, 2011, 2024, 2037 2023 (-1) Species: M. tredecim, M. neotredecim, M. tredecassini, M. tredecula.
    States: AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, VA
    Brood XIX mini map
    XXII (22) 13 1975, 1988, 2001, 2014, 2027, 2040 2023 (-4), 2026 (-1) Species: M. tredecim, M. tredecassini, M. tredecula.
    States: KY, LA, MS, OH
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_22/
    XXIII (23) 13 1976, 1989, 2002, 2015, 2028, 2041 2024 (-4), 2027 (-1) Species: M. tredecim, M. neotredecim, M. tredecassini, M. tredecula.
    States: AR, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, TN
    https://cicadas.uconn.edu/brood_23/

    When will they emerge?

    Generally speaking, these cicadas will begin to emerge when the soil 8″ beneath the ground reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit (Heath, 1968). A nice, warm rain will often trigger an emergence. They typically emerge in May but have been known to emerge in late April or early June. It all depends on the weather.

    What should you look for before they emerge?

    Chimneys / Turrets

    Look for cicada chimneys a.k.a. turrets. These are structures cicadas build out of the soil, positioned above the hole where they will emerge.

    Chimney

    Holes

    Look for holes in the diameter of an adult’s finger near the root system of a tree. These are sure signs that cicadas will emerge in the area.

    Holes

    Cicadas Under Stones & Slates

    You might discover some cicada nymphs while turning over stones or when performing landscaping chores.

    Cicada tunneling under slate

    What do they look like when they emerge:

    Here is a great video of Magicicada nymphs once they have emerged from the ground:


    Nymph

    This is a recently emerged nymph crawling up a tree. Note that its eyes are red.

    Nymph

    Once cicadas nymphs have emerged from the ground, they will try to find a tree (or similar vertical surface), and then begin the process of shedding their old nymph skins (ecdysis), expanding their wings, and changing to their adult coloring. Watch this amazing transformation.

    Teneral

    How to tell the difference between the seven Magicicada species:

    Left to right: Magicicada cassini, Magicicada septendecula, Magicicada septendecim:

    Left to right: Magicicada cassini, Magicicada septendecula, Magicicada septendecim:

    The first way is based on the Brood. Take a look at the Brood chart above, and see which species appear with the Brood.

    There are 3 basic types of Magicicada: “‘Decims”, “‘Cassini” and “‘Deculas”.

    “Decims” aka Pharaoh Cicadas

    There are three species in this category:

    1. Magicicada septendecim (Linnaeus, 1758). 17-year life cycle. Broods: I-X, XIII, XIV.
    2. Magicicada neotredecim Marshall and Cooley 2000. 13-year life cycle. Broods: XIX, XXIII.
    3. Magicicada tredecim (Walsh and Riley, 1868). 13-year life cycle. Brood: XIX, XXII, XXIII.

    Their songs are very similar, however, when M. neotredecim & M. tredecim emerge in the same location, M. neotredecim’s song takes a higher pitch. Sounds like “Pharaoh, Pharaoh!”.

    Visual Appearance:

    M. septendecim
    Male on left; Female on right.

    M. neotredecim & M. septendecim have broad orange stripes with more orange than black on their abdomens.

    M. tredecim
    M. tredecim, by comparison, have almost entirely orange abdomens.

    eye to wing
    M. septendecim cicadas also have an area of orange coloring between the eye and the wing (pronotal extension).

    “Cassini” aka Dwarf Cicadas

    There are two species in this category:

    1. Magicicada cassini (Fisher, 1851). 17-year life cycle. Broods: I-V, VIII-X, XIII, XIV.
    2. Magicicada tredecassini Alexander and Moore, 1962. 13-year life cycle. Broods: XIX, XXII, XXII.

    Their songs are essentially identical:

    M. cassini Call and Court:

    Note how it makes a quick burst of sound, followed by some rapid clicks.

    Visual Appearance:

    M. cassini
    Female on left; Male on right.
    M. tredecassin & M. cassini cicadas have black abdomens with virtually no orange at all. Orange stripes are possible in the mid-west (important to note for Brood IV).

    “Decula”

    There are two species in this category:

    1. Magicicada septendecula Alexander and Moore, 1962. 17-year life cycle. Broods: I-VI, VIII-X, XIII, XIV.
    2. Magicicada tredecula Alexander and Moore, 1962. 13-year life cycle. Broods: XIX, XXII, XXIII.

    Their songs are essentially identical:

    M. tredecula Call:

    Note the “tick, tick, tick” rhythm of the call.

    Visual Appearance:

    M. septendecula
    Female on left; Male on right.
    M. septendecula & M. tredecula have stripes that feature more black than orange. Otherwise, they’re very similar to M. cassini.

    How to figure out if they’re coming to your town?

    1. Verify that they’re coming to your state. Check the Magicicada Brood Chart on this page.
    2. Check Cicada Brood Maps linked from this page to see if they’re coming to your general area.
    3. Check to see if they’re coming to your neighborhood. Good sources include:
      1. Check the Cicada Central Magicicada Database to see the counties where cicadas have appeared in the past.
      2. Ask someone who lived there 17 (or 13) years before.
      3. Old timers (hint: old timers usually call them locusts).
      4. Check your local Library for old newspaper articles.
      5. Check with a local college: contact the entomology, forestry, or agriculture-related departments.
      6. Your local national, state, county, and town parks department (parks and rec). Some county parks departments plan events around cicada emergences.
    4. When will they emerge?
      1. They will emerge sometime in the Spring, for sure.
      2. They typically emerge once the soil 8 inches (20 cm) below the surface gets to 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celcius). At that temperature, they will start digging their tunnels to the surface. After a couple of days with above-ground temperatures near the 80’s F, and after a good rain, they will emerge. Read this paper for more info: Thermal Synchronization of Emergence in Periodical “17-year” Cicadas (Homoptera, Cicadidae, Magicicada) by James Edward Heath, American Midland Naturalist, Vol. 80, No. 2. (Oct. 1968), pp. 440-448.
      3. Cicadas in sunny areas of your yard will emerge before cicadas in shady areas.
      4. Cicadas in the southernmost states will emerge before cicadas in the northern states.
      5. You can try the Cicada Emergence Formula as well.
    5. If you don’t want them to damage your young or ornamental trees
      1. Spray them off with a garden hose.
      2. Foil around the trunk (to keep them from crawling up) (thanks Deborah).
      3. Insect barrier tape.
      4. Netting placed around & over the tree. “Insect barrier netting”. “Fruit tree covers”.
      5. Bagpipes (no joke, it worked at my friend’s wedding).
      6. Don’t use pesticides – we like all insects (especially pollinating bees).
    6. Are you scared of insects?
      • Unlike some other insects & arthropods. cicadas are not poisonous or venomous.
      • Try a hat, an umbrella, a bee-keepers outfit, a suit of armor…
    7. They’re coming, and they’re going to ruin my wedding!

    Questions about the Brood Chart

    Question: Why do I have cicadas in my neighborhood, but your chart indicates that I shouldn’t?

    Answer: Some possibilities: 1) they are stragglers, periodical cicadas that emerge too soon or late, 2) they are not periodical cicadas, but are a different North American species, 3) you live on a continent other than North America, in which case, try one of these pages, or 4) SURPRISE! The U.S. is a big place and some cicada populations have yet to be documented.


    Question: Why don’t I have periodical cicadas in my area, but the information on your website indicates that I should?

    Answer: Two possibilities: 1) they went extinct or otherwise died off in your area, or 2) they aren’t everywhere in a state – normally there are large gaps in their range.


    Question: What are stragglers?

    Answer: Stragglers can emerge 1 or 4 years early or 1 or 4 years late. Don’t be surprised if you see some periodical cicadas emerge earlier than planned this year. 17-year brood members are most likely to straggle 4 years early, and 13-year brood members are most likely to straggle 4 years late. Straggler probability chart.


    Question: Why are there no Brood XI, XII, XV, XVI… ?

    Answer: Perhaps you’ve noticed there are no Broods XI (11), XII (12), XV (15), XVI (16), XVII (17), XVIII (18), XX (20), XXI (21), XXIV (24), etc. Don’t worry about that. They never existed or are extinct (XI, XXI).

    Example Emergence Timeline

    This is an example of a typical cicada emergence. The exact dates will depend on the weather and density of the emergence in your location. Hot weather means an early start and quicker finish to the season — cool weather means a later start, and a protracted season.

    Example Emergence Timeline

    Here’s an Excel version of the chart. Feel free to use it and adjust it to match your experience.

    Or watch the video version:


    More Magicicada websites:

    1. For much more information about 17-year cicadas visit Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly Magicicada.org). The maps on this page link to that site.
    2. The Cicada Safari App is available for Android and Apple devices . Use it to see where people are finding cicadas, and to report your sightings.
    3. A Tale of Two Broods: The 2024 Emergence of Periodical Cicada Broods XIII and XIX book by Dr. Gene Kritsky.
    4. Check the Cicada Central Magicicada Database to see the counties where cicadas have appeared in the past. For more information about this database and cicada research in general, visit the Simon Lab website.

    More Magicicada Information

    May 16, 2020

    A cicada from Ecuador, probably Pachypsaltria sp. Photo by Rebecca van den Bogert

    Filed under: Cicadatrini | Ecuador | Pachypsaltria — Dan @ 8:53 am

    Rebecca van den Bogert shared this photo of a cicada from Ecuador.

    Details: “Plaza de Ponchos” Marktet in Otovalo / April 19th 2007 / 2 p.m. / about 65 °F.

    I’m reasonably certain it belongs to the genus Pachypsaltria, and might be Pachypsaltria cinctomaculata. I’m not 100% of that.

    Rebecca van den Bogert - Ecuador
    Photo by Rebecca van den Bogert. Original was cropped.

    May 12, 2020

    Can you identify this cicada from Romania?

    Filed under: Europe (Continent) | Identify | Romania — Dan @ 7:40 pm

    Can you identify this cicada from Bucharest, Romania?

    These photos were taken by Tudor Sava. I’ve cropped them so you can get a closer view.

    Since the cicada is in the process of molting/has just molted, it doesn’t have its final adult colors yet. There’s a good chance some of the brown, green, and red/orange colors will be

    Bucharest, Romania by Tudor Sava

    Bucharest, Romania by Tudor Sava

    Bucharest, Romania by Tudor Sava

    April 15, 2020

    Common Cicadas of North America

    Filed under: Canada | North America (Continent) | United States — Dan @ 6:34 pm

    This is a list of the most well-known cicadas in North America.

    See one of these cicadas in 2023?
    Join this 2023 North American Annual Cicada Location Project on iNaturalist and report it.

    Annual Cicada Species

    These cicadas appear ever year.

    Cacama valvata (Uhler, 1888)

    ©Insect Singers.
    Thumb - valvata - Adam Fleishman
    ©Adam Fleishman.

    • Short Name: C. valvata
    • Common Name: Common Cactus Dodger
    • Locations: AZ, CA, CO, KS, NV, NM, OK, TX, UT
    • When: May-June, peaking in June.
    • Eyes: beige and black mix
    • Collar: black with gold highlights
    • Description: Black with gold highlights and white pruinose.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Cicadettana calliope calliope (Walker, 1850)

    ©Insect Singers.
    Thumb - calliope - Paul Krombholz
    ©Paul Krombholz

    • Short Name: C. calliope calliope
    • Common Name: Southern Grass Cicada
    • Locations: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NC, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA
    • When: May-August, peaking in July.
    • Eyes: pink, beige, green
    • Collar: rust, brown
    • Description: Small. Black and brown.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Diceroprocta apache (Davis, 1921)

    ©Insect Singers.
    Thumb - apache - Adam Fleishman
    © Adam Fleishman


    Diceroprocta olympusa (Walker, 1850)

    ©Insect Singers.
    Thumb - olympusa - Joe Green
    © Joe Green.

    • Short Name: D. olympusa
    • Common Name: Olympic Scrub Cicada
    • Locations: AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC
    • When: June-August. Peaks in August.
    • Eyes: brown?
    • Collar: green
    • Description: Black, brown and green with white pruinose.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Diceroprocta vitripennis (Say, 1830)

    ©Insect Singers.
    Thumb - vitripennis - Paul Krombholz
    © Paul Krombholz

    • Short Name: D. vitripennis
    • Common Name: Green Winged Cicada
    • Locations: AL, AR, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NE, OK, TN, TX, WI
    • When: June-August. Peaks in July.
    • Eyes: green
    • Collar: green
    • Description: Black with green and brown and white pruinose.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Megatibicen auletes (Germar, 1834)

    ©Insect Singers.
    Thumb - Auletes - Dan

    • Short Name: M. auletes
    • Common Name: Northern Dusk Singing Cicada
    • Locations: AL, 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, WI
    • When: June-September. Peaks in August.
    • 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 pruinose. M on mesonotum is typically partially occluded by pruinose. Sings at dusk.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Megatibicen dealbatus (Davis, 1915)

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    • Short Name: M. dealbatus
    • Common Name: Plains Cicada
    • Locations: CO, IA, KS, MT, NE, NM, ND, OK, SD, TX, WY
    • When: June-October. Peaks in August.
    • Eyes: beige
    • Collar: light orange or olive
    • Description: Primarily either orange/rust or pea green, brown, or black with heavy pruninosity which forms distinct markings on the dorsal side of the body. The dorsal side has two black stripes framed by three areas of pruinosity. Sounds like N. pronotalis.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Megatibicen dorsatus (Say, 1825)

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    • Short Name: M. dorsatus
    • Common Name: Bush Cicada or Grand Western or Giant Grassland Cicada
    • Locations: AR, CO, ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, WY
    • When: July-September. Peaks in August.
    • Eyes: beige to brown
    • Collar: light orange
    • Description: Rust/orange, black & white pruinosity, which forms distinct markings, such as a line of white dots down the dorsal side of the abdomen. Sounds like N. tremulus. Has a call that sounds like a rapid series of clicks.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Megatibicen figuratus (Walker, 1858)

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    • Short Name: M. figuratus
    • Common Name: Fall Southeastern Dusk-singing Cicada
    • Locations: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA
    • When: August-October. Peaks in September.
    • Eyes: brown
    • Collar: brown
    • Description: Black and browns. White pruinosis.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Megatibicen pronotalis walkeri Metcalf, 1955

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    • Short Name: M. pronotalis walkeri
    • Common Name: Walker’s Cicada
    • Locations: AL, 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, WY
    • When: July-September. Peaks in August.
    • Eyes: gray
    • Collar: green or brown
    • Description: Tan or pea green, brown, black, and sometimes white pruinose. Wing color matches the dominant color of the body. Typically lacks a black marking on its pronotum.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Megatibicen resh (Haldeman, 1852)

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    • Short Name: M. resh
    • Common Name: Resh Cicada
    • Locations: AR, KS, LA, MS, NE, OK, SC, TN, TX
    • When: May-October. Peaks in August.
    • Eyes: varies
    • Collar: olive
    • Description: Black, green and brown camo pattern. White pruinosis. Resh Hebrew character pattern on mesonotum.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Megatibicen resonans (Walker, 1850)

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    • Short Name: M. resonans
    • Common Name: Southern Resonant/Great Pine Barrens Cicada
    • Locations: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA
    • When: May-October. Peaks in August.
    • Eyes: brown
    • Collar: brown
    • Description: Brown, black & white pruinosity distinctively present within curves of the cruciform elevation.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica (Say, 1830)

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    • Short Name: N. hieroglyphica hieroglyphica
    • Common Name: Hieroglyphic Cicada
    • Locations: AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
    • When: May-August. Peaks in June.
    • Eyes: varies
    • Collar: varies
    • Description: Black, brown and green patterns.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Neotibicen canicularis (Harris, 1841)

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    • Short Name: N. canicularis
    • Common Name: Dog-day Cicada
    • Locations: AR, CT, DC, IL, IN, IA, KS, ME, MB, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NB, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, NS, OH, ON, PA, PE, QC, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI
    • When: July-September. Peaks in August.
    • Eyes: varies
    • Collar: varies
    • Description: Typical black, brown, beige and green Tibicen camo patterns. The primary color varies from brown to green. The collar is often a mix of green & black. Sounds like an angle grinder tool and like N. auriferus & N. davisi.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Neotibicen davisi davisi (Smith and Grossbeck, 1907)

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    • Short Name: N. davisi davisi
    • Common Name: Davis’ Southeastern Dog-Day Cicada
    • Locations: AL, DE, DC, FL, GA, LA, MD, MA, MS, NJ, NY, NC, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
    • When: August-December. Peaks in September.
    • Eyes: varies
    • Collar: brown or green
    • Description: The davisi comes in a wide variety of colors: from rusty browns to greens. A crown-like pattern on the mesonotum. Sounds like an angle grinder tool, & sounds like N. auriferus & N. canicularis.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Neotibicen latifasciatus (Davis, 1915)

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    • Short Name: N. latifasciatus
    • Common Name: Coastal Scissor(s) Grinder Cicada
    • Locations: FL, MD, NJ, NC, VA
    • When: August-October. Peaks in September.
    • Eyes: brown
    • Collar: brown or green
    • Description: If the cicada has a white X on its back, it is a latifasciatus. Repetitive, rhythmic, call like someone repeatedly running a scissor over a grinding wheel.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Neotibicen linnei (Smith and Grossbeck, 1907)

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    • Short Name: N. linnei
    • Common Name: Linne’s Cicada
    • Locations: AL, 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, WI
    • When: July-September. Peaks in August.
    • Eyes: dark brown
    • Collar: green
    • Description: Black, green and some brown camo pattern. Prominent M. Bend in its wing. Sounds like N. tibicen.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Neotibicen lyricen engelhardti (Davis, 1910)

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    • Short Name: N. lyricen engelhardti
    • Common Name: Dark Lyric Cicada
    • Locations: AL, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IN, IL, KY, MD, MA, MS, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WV
    • When: July-September. Peaks in July.
    • 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.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Neotibicen lyricen lyricen (De Geer, 1773)

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    • Short Name: N. lyricen lyricen
    • Common Name: Lyric Cicada
    • Locations: AL, 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, WI
    • When: June-August. Peaks in July.
    • 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.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Neotibicen pruinosus pruinosus (Say, 1825)

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    • Short Name: N. pruinosus pruinosus
    • Common Name: Scissor(s) Grinder
    • Locations: AL, AR, CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, WV, WI
    • When: June-October. Peaks in August.
    • Eyes: black
    • Collar: green
    • Description: The Scissor Grinder looks a lot like Linne’s Cicada but its wing doesn’t have the bend that Linne’s Cicada has. The Scissor Grinder also seems to have more of an orange coloration to the ‘arches’ on its mesonotum.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Neotibicen superbus (Fitch, 1855)

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    • Short Name: N. superbus
    • Common Name: Superb Dog-Day Cicada
    • Locations: AR, KS, LA, MO, NM, OK, TX
    • When: June-August. Peaks in July.
    • Eyes: black
    • Collar: green
    • Description: Green with black mask and yellow arches on back.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (Linnaeus, 1758)


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    • Short Name: N. tibicen tibicen
    • Common Name: Swamp Cicada, Morning Cicada
    • Locations: AL, 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, WI
    • When: June-September. Peaks in August.
    • 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.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Neotibicen winnemanna (Davis, 1912)

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    • Short Name: N. winnemanna
    • Common Name: Eastern Scissor(s) Grinder
    • Locations: DE, DC, GA, MD, NC, NJ, PA, SC, VA
    • When: June-September. Peak in September.
    • 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.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Okanagana bella Davis, 1919

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    • Short Name: O. bella
    • Common Name: Mountain Cicada
    • Locations: AB, AZ, BC, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
    • When: June-July. Peaks in June.
    • Eyes: black
    • Collar: orange
    • Description: Black with orange highlights.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889)

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    • Short Name: O. canadensis
    • Common Name: Canadian Cicada
    • Locations: AB, BC, CA, CO, ID, ME, MB, MI, MN, MT, NB, NH, NY, NT, OH, ON, OR, PA, QC, SK, SD, UT, VT, WI
    • When: June-July. Peaks in June.
    • Eyes: dark gray
    • Collar: black and beige
    • Description: Black with beige highlights.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Okanagana rimosa rimosa (Say, 1830)

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    • Short Name: O. rimosa rimosa
    • Common Name: Say’s Cicada
    • Locations: AB, BC, CA, CT, ID, IL, IN, IA, ME, MB, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NV, NB, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OH, ON, OR, PA, QC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
    • When: May-July. Peaks in June.
    • Eyes: n/a
    • Collar: n/a
    • Description: n/a
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Pacarina puella Davis, 1923

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    Quesada gigas (Olivier, 1790)

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    • Short Name: Q. gigas
    • Common Name: Giant Cicada
    • Locations: TX
    • When: Always out somewhere in the Americas. Peaks in July.
    • Eyes: brown
    • Collar: brown to green
    • Description: The second largest North American cicada. Black, green, and brown camo patterns.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Periodical Cicadas

    These cicadas have 17 or 13-year life cycles. Visit the Periodical Cicada Information Page for when and where.

    Magicicada cassinii (Fisher, 1852)


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    • Short Name: M. cassini
    • Common Name: Cassini Periodical Cicada or 17-Year Cicada
    • Locations: GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV
    • When: May-June. Peaks in June. Every 17 years.
    • Eyes: reddish orange
    • Collar: black
    • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Magicicada neotredecim Marshall and Cooley, 2000

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    • Short Name: M. neotredecim
    • Common Name: 13 Periodical Cicada or 13-Year Cicada or John and David’s Cicada
    • Locations: AR, IA, IL, IN, KY, MO, TN
    • When: May-June. Peaks in June. Every 13 years.
    • Eyes: reddish orange
    • Collar: black
    • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on the abdomen. Orange between eye and wing.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Magicicada septendecim (Linnaeus, 1758)


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    • Short Name: M. septendecim
    • Common Name: Decim Periodical Cicada or Linnaeus’s 17-Year Cicada or 17-Year Cicada
    • Locations: CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WI, WV
    • When: May-June. Peaks in June. Every 17 years.
    • Eyes: reddish orange
    • Collar: black
    • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on the abdomen. Orange between eye and wing.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Magicicada septendecula Alexander and Moore, 1962

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    • Short Name: M. septendecula
    • Common Name: Decula Periodical Cicdada or 17-Year Cicada
    • Locations: GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA, WV
    • When: May-June. Peaks in June. Every 17 years.
    • Eyes: reddish orange
    • Collar: black
    • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on the abdomen.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Magicicada tredecassini Alexander and Moore, 1962


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    • Short Name: M. tredecassini
    • Common Name: 13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Cassini
    • Locations: AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, VA
    • When: May-June. Peaks in June. Every 13 years.
    • Eyes: reddish orange
    • Collar: black
    • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Magicicada tredecim (Walsh and Riley, 1868)

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    • Short Name: M. tredecim
    • Common Name: 13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Decim
    • Locations: AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, VA
    • When: May-June. Peaks in June. Every 13 years.
    • Eyes: reddish orange
    • Collar: black
    • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on the abdomen. Orange between eye and wing.
    • More info, photos, sounds, video and references


    Magicicada tredecula Alexander and Moore, 1962


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    • Short Name: M. tredecula
    • Common Name: 13-Year Cicada or 13-Year Decula
    • Locations: AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, VA
    • When: May-June. Peaks in June. Every 13 years.
    • Eyes: reddish orange
    • Collar: black
    • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on the abdomen.
    • >More info, photos, sounds, video and references



    Related Resources

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    Maps: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico [PDF]

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    April 14, 2020

    Magicicada tredecula Alexander and Moore, 1962

    Filed under: Lamotialnini | Magicicada | Periodical | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 8:50 pm

    Magicicada tredecula Alexander and Moore, 1962

    Magicicada tredecula 2014 Ohio

    Song type: Chorus


    Source: ©Cicada Mania | Species: M. tredecula

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Cicada Mania | Species: M. tredecula

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Cicada Mania | Species: M. tredecula

    Identification Tips

    Smaller than M. neotredecim & M. tredecim. Orange stripes on its abdomen, through not as much as M. neotredecim & M. tredecim. Its chorus sounds like a ticking clock. Very similar to the 17-year M. septendecula.

    Video Playlist

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    Brood Chart

    Magicicada tredecula has a 13-year lifecycle.

    Brood Year States
    XIX (19) 1972, 1985, 1998, 2011, 2024 AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, VA
    XXII (22) 1975, 1988, 2001, 2014, 2027 KY, LA, MS, OH
    XXIII (23) 1976, 1989, 2002, 2015, 2028 AR, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, TN

    Name, Location and Description

    Classification:

    Family: Cicadidae
    Subfamily: Cicadettinae
    Tribe: Lamotialnini
    Subtribe: Tryellina
    Genus: Magicicada
    Species: Magicicada tredecula Alexander and Moore, 1962

    List of sources

    1. Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
    2. Common names: BugGuide.net; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
    3. Locations: Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly Magicicada.org).
    4. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.
    5. Tribe information comes from: MARSHALL, DAVID C. et al.A molecular phylogeny of the cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with a review of tribe and subfamily classification.Zootaxa, [S.l.], v. 4424, n. 1, p. 1—64, may 2018. ISSN 1175-5334. Available at: https://www.biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4424.1.1

    Notes:

    • Some descriptions are based on aged specimens which have lost some or a lot of their color.

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