Neotibicen canicularis (Harris, 1841) aka Dog-day Cicada.
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Song type: Call
Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: N. canicularis
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Name, Location and Description
- Cicada Name: Neotibicen canicularis (Harris, 1841)
- Short Name: N. canicularis
- Common Name: Dog-day Cicada
- When: July-September. Peaks in August.
- Where it is found: 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
- Maps: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico [PDF]
- Description: Typical black, brown, beige and green Tibicen camo patterns. Primary color varies from browns to greens. Collar is often a mix of green & black. Sounds like an angle grinder tool, and like N. auriferus & N. davisi.
- Eye Color: varies
- Pronotal Collar Color: varies
- Identification: Bug Guide
- Identification: iNaturalist
- Subject Matter Expert website: Cicada Central
- Image: Insect Images
- Taxonomic Information: Integrated Taxonomic Information System
- Cicada Mania Blog Posts: /cicadas/tag/n-canicularis/
- Cicada Mania Image Library: Neotibicen canicularis (Harris, 1841) images
Identification Key from
MISSISSIPPI CICADAS, WITH A KEY TO THE SPECIES OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. by Wm. T. Davis.
A. Large, heavy bodied species ; head broad, uncus simple, and first cross vein in the fore wings starting from radius 3 far back, or about one third distant from base of first marginal cell.
B. Uncus longer than broad. Black species with green or greenish markings and black area on the central part of the abdomen beneath, except in sayi, and new variety of davisi.
C. Hind margin of pronotum or collar, green or greenish.
A definite longitudinal band of black on the under side of the abdomen ; head with the front rather prominent. Not a large species canicularis (Harris).
Identification notes from Notes on Cicadas from the United States with Descriptions of Several New Species by Wm. T. Davis
This document compares canicularis, davisi, and aurifera. Identifying any of the green/black Neotibicen can be vexing, so these details help.
Canicularis has the central area shining black and ex- tending in the form of an irregular band to the end of the abdomen.
In canicnlaris the collar is green with its front margin often edged with black.
Species: Neotibicen canicularis (Harris, 1841)
List of sources
- Davis, W.T. 1918. Mississippi Cicadas, with a Key to the Species of the Southeastern United States. Journal of The New York Entomological Society. Vol. XXVI. Read on archive.org.
- Davis, W.T. 1916. Notes on Cicadas from the United States with Descriptions of Several New Species. Journal of The New York Entomological Society. Vol. 24. P. 42-65. Read on archive.org.
- Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
- Common names: BugGuide.net; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
- Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
- Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.
- Some descriptions are based on aged specimens which have lost some or a lot of their color.