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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!

News: Nathan Emery’s second edition of “A photo guide to the common cicadas of the Greater Sydney Region” is out now.

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.

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.

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.

Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta)

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

Floury Baker by Michelle Thompson
Photo by Michelle Thompson.

Golden Emperor (Anapsaltoda pulchra)

When is it out: Nov-Jan.

Anapsaltoda pulchra - Golden Emperors. 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.

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

When is it out: January.

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

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.

Bladder Cicada (Cystosoma saundersii)

The Bladder Cicada can be sound in eastern Queensland & NSW1, can be found September-January, peaking in October2.

Bladder cicadas (Cystosoma saundersii)
Photo by David Emery.

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.

More interesting names:

  • Brown Bunyip (Tamasa tristigma) [Brown Bunyip]
  • Typewriter (Pauropsalta extrema) [picture]
  • Sandgrinder (Arenopsaltria fullo) [picture]

Black Prince/Silver Knight (Psaltoda plaga)

Tiger Prince (Macrotristria godingi)

Tettigarcta White, 1845

Tettigarctidae sp.
Tettigarcta tomentosa.

Diemeniana Distant, 1906

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


Diemeniana euronotiana. Photo by David Emery.

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

  • Common names of Australian insects.
  • 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”.
  • (more…)

    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.

    April 18, 2020

    Davis’ Key to Species of the Genus Tibicen found in the Southeastern United States

    Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Diceroprocta | Megatibicen | Neotibicen | William T. Davis — Dan @ 10:00 pm

    I’ve been updating the North American cicada pages on this site, and I’ve been including snippets (and some chunks) from William T. Davis’ cicada papers from the early 1900s. They’re in the public domain and excellent resources.

    Davis provided a key of cicadas that belong to the then genus Tibicen in his 1918 article Mississippi Cicadas, with a Key to the Species of the Southeastern United States from volume 26 of the Journal of The New York Entomological Society. Download it from archive.org.

    Mississippi Cicadas

    Since 1918, genus and some species names have changed, so I’m going to present the key here, with highlighted notes on the updated names + images (when I have them). I’ll try to replicate the formatting of the original document as best I can.

    Here goes…

    Key to Species of the Genus Tibicen found in the Southeastern United States.

    Note: the cicadas in the key are now organized in three genera: Neotibicen (A B), Megatibicen (A BB), and Diceroprocta (AA).

    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 [sayi = Neotibicen tibicen tibicen], and new variety of davisi [new variety of davisi = Neotibicen davisi harnedi].

    Note: this group of cicadas (B) are now organized under the genus Neotibicen, not Tibicen.

             C. Hind margin of pronotum or collar, green or greenish.

                 A narrow irregular area of black on the under side of the abdomen; opercula short and broad, and usually in the males an attenuated, pruinose stripe each side on the dorsum of segment three … pruinosa (Say). [pruinosa = Neotibicen pruinosus pruinosus].

    N. pruinosus

    Neotibicen pruinosus pruinosus
    photo by Paul Krombholz.

                 Dorsum of abdomen with the hind margin of the segments more or less brown and generally but a trace of pruinose stripe each side on segment three … pruinosa var. winnemanna (Davis) [pruinosa var. winnemanna = Neotibicen winnemanna].

    Neotibicen winnemanna Garner NC
    Photo of a Neotibicen winnemanna.

                 Dorsum of abdomen shining black with a broad pruinose mark each side on segment three; blackened area on under side of abdomen more in the nature of an even stripe … pruinosa var latifasciata (Davis) [pruinosa var. latifasciata = Neotibicen latifasciatus].

                 A longitudinal band of black on the under side of the abdomen, the opercula more lobate, and the margin of the front wings suddenly bent near the middle … linnei (Smith & Grossbeck) [linnei = Neotibicen linnei].

    Neotibicen linnei
    Photo of a Neotibicen linnei.

                 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) [canicularis = Neotibicen canicularis].

                 An irregular band of black on the under side of the abdomen, head rounded in front; a rather small species … davisi (Smith & Grossbeck) [davisi = Neotibicen davisi davisi].

                 Abdomen greenish centrally on under side, blackened area wanting, marginal cells of fore wings clouded … davisi var. harnedi new variety [davisi var. harnedi = Neotibicen davisi harnedi].

    Krombholz Davisi compared
    Photo by Paul Krombhold. Neotibicen davisi harnedi (left), Neotibicen davisi davisi (right).

            CC. Hind margin of pronotum or collar black or nearly so (except in sayi var. australis).

                D. Central area of the abdomen beneath black.

                     Opercula long and with the legs usually somewhat chest- nut colored ; the uncus when seen in profile forked, resembling the open mouth of a snake … similaris (Smith & Grossbeck) [similaris = Neotibicen similaris similaris].

                     Opercula much shorter, more rounded, and the black area on the under side of the abdomen in the nature of an even stripe. Uncus not forked … lyricen (De Geer) [lyricen = Neotibicen lyricen lyricen].

                     Blacker than typical lyricen, lacking the considerable amount of fulvous markings on the pronotum and mesonotum. A fulvous somewhat anchor-shaped mark centrally on the pronotum … lyricen var. engelhardti (Davis) [lyricen var. engelhardti = Neotibicen lyricen engelhardti].

                DD. Central area of the abdomen not black beneath, often pruinose, as well as the long opercula.

                     Collar black, often with a greenish spot each side near the outer angles. … sayi (Smith & Grossbeck) [sayi = Neotibicen tibicen tibicen].

                     Collar all green or nearly so, as well as the pronotum and mesonotum … sayi var. australis (Davis) [sayi = Neotibicen tibicen australis].

        BB. Uncus broad at the base, triangular in shape and generally about as broad as long. Opercula broad and rounded at the extremities no definite black area on the central part of the abdomen beneath, usually unicolorus.

    Note: this group of cicadas (BB) are now organized under the genus Megatibicen, not Tibicen.

             E. Wings long and narrow, collar 2 mm. or less in breadth at central portions ; dorsum of abdomen black or nearly so.

                 Basal cell of fore wings rusty in color, anal cells (mem- branes) of both pair of wings gray; usually expands no mm. or more … resonans (Walker) [resonans = Megatibicen resonans].

    Neotibicen resonans photos by Joe Green from 2007, taken in Florida.
    Photo of a Megatibicen resonans by Joe Green.

                 Basal cell of fore wings often black or nearly so, anal cells of both pair of wings yellowish. Expands about 100 mm … figurata (Walker) [figurata = Megatibicen figuratus].

    M. figurata
    Photo of a Megatibicen figuratus by Paul Krombholz.

             EE. Wings broad, hind margin of the pronotum or collar green or greenish and more than 2 mm. broad.

                 F. Anal cells or membranes at base of fore and hind wings gray.

                     Dorsal segments of the abdomen not margined with brown ; in fresh specimens the basal segments pruinose, also the terminal segments, leaving the four middle segments black. A large species expanding over no
    mm. … auletes (Germar) [auletes = Megatibicen auletes].

    Megatibicen auletes, the largest cicada in North America
    Photo of a Megatibicen auletes.

                 FF. Anal cells or membranes at base of fore and hind wings light orange, two prominent marks on the mesonotum resembling the Hebrew letter resh inverted.

                     Fore wings with the first and second cross veins clouded, and the dorsum of the abdomen brownish or brownish black … resh (Haldeman) [resh = Megatibicen resh].

    Megatibicen resh molting adult
    Photo of a Megatibicen resh.

                     Fore wings with the first and second cross veins but faintly or not at all clouded and the abdominal segments margined posteriorly with brown. In fresh specimens there is usually a median row of white spots on the dorsum of the abdomen … marginalis (Walker) [marginalis = Megatibicen pronotalis walkeri].

    Megatibicen pronotalis photo by Roy Troutman, taken in Batavia, Ohio
    Photo of a Megatibicen pronotalis walkeri by Roy Troutman.

    AA. Small species ; wings starting from about the middle of the first marginal cell.

    Note: this group of cicadas (AA) are now organized under the genus Diceroprocta, not Tibicen.

         G. First and second cross veins of fore wings clouded.

             Expanse of wings about 90 mm … biconica (Walker) [biconica = Diceroprocta biconica].

             Expanse of wings about 60 mm … olympusa (Walker) [olympusa = Diceroprocta olympusa].

    Diceroprocta olympusa photos by Joe Green from 2007.
    Photo of a Diceroprocta olympusa by Joe Green.

         GG. First and second cross veins of fore wings not clouded, wings clear throughout and expanding about 70 mm.

             Head rather large, front rounded, collar greenish or yellowish and contrasted in color rather sharply with the brown and black of pronotum and mesonotum … viridifascia (Walker) [viridifascia = Diceroprocta viridifascia].

             Head proportionately smaller than in the last ; front more pro- truding;- collar not so contrastingly colored and fore wings narrower … vitripennis (Say) [vitripennis = Diceroprocta vitripennis].


    Diceroprocta vitripennis photo by Paul Krombholz.

    and that’s all folks…

    April 14, 2020

    Magicicada neotredecim Marshall and Cooley, 2000

    Filed under: David Marshall | John Cooley | Leptopsaltriini | Magicicada | Periodical | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 7:36 pm

    Magicicada neotredecim Marshall and Cooley, 2000.

    Maybe a Magicicada neotredecim in Illinois

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: M. neotredecim

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    Identification Tips

    Thick orange stripes on the abdomen. Orange between the eye and wing insertion. In the few areas it overlaps with M. tredecim, M. neotredecim sings with a higher pitch. Read more on Magicicada.org. It is similar to the 17-year species M. septendecim.

    Brood Chart

    Magicicada neotredecim has a 13-year life cycle.

    Brood XIX (19)

    XIX (19)
    Years: 1972, 1985, 1998, 2011, 2024
    Locations: AR, IL, IN, KS, KY, MO, OK

    XXIII (23)

    XXIII (23)
    Years: 1976, 1989, 2002, 2015, 2028
    Locations: AR, IL, IN, KY, MO

    Name, Location and Description

    • Cicada Name: Magicicada neotredecim Marshall and Cooley, 2000
    • Short Name: M. neotredecim
    • Common Name: 13 Periodical Cicada or 13-Year Cicada or John and David’s Cicada
    • When: May-June. Peak in June. Every 13 years.
    • Where it is found: AR, IA, IL, IN, KY, MO, TN
    • Maps: Map
    • Description: Black body with orange wings and legs. Orange stripes on abdomen. Orange between eye and wing.
    • Eye Color: reddish orange
    • Pronotal Collar Color: black
    • Identification: Bug Guide
    • Subject Matter Expert website: Magicicada.org
    • Taxonomic Information: Integrated Taxonomic Information System
    • Song: Magicicada.org

    Classification:

    Family: Cicadidae
    Subfamily: Cicadettinae
    Tribe: Lamotialnini
    Subtribe: Tryellina
    Genus: Magicicada
    Species: Magicicada neotredecim Marshall and Cooley, 2000

    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: 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.

    April 13, 2020

    Pacarina puella Davis, 1923 aka Little Mesquite Cicada

    Filed under: Fidicinini | Pacarina | United States | William T. Davis — Tags: — Dan @ 7:56 pm

    Pacarina puella Davis, 1923 aka Little Mesquite Cicada.

    Image

    Pacarina puella Davis, 1923
    Photo credit: Pacarina by John Beard in Atascosa County, TX.

    All Pacarina puella information & images on cicadamania.com.

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: P. puella

    Name, Location and Description

    Classification:

    Family: Cicadidae
    Subfamily: Cicadinae
    Tribe: Fidicinini
    Subtribe: Guyalnina
    Genus: Pacarina
    Species: Pacarina puella Davis, 1923

    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: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
    4. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.

    Notes:

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

    Okanagana rimosa rimosa (Say, 1830) aka Say’s Cicada

    Filed under: Okanagana | Thomas Say | Tibicinini | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 7:46 pm

    Okanagana rimosa rimosa (Say, 1830) aka Say’s Cicada.

    Image

    Okanagana rimosa rimosa (Say, 1830)
    Photo credit: Okanagana rimosa by Natasha.

    All Okanagana rimosa rimosa information & images on cicadamania.com.

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: O. rimosa rimosa

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    Name, Location and Description

    Classification:

    Family: Cicadidae
    Subfamily: Cicadettinae
    Tribe: Tibicinini
    Subtribe: Tibicinina
    Genus: Okanagana
    Species: Okanagana rimosa
    Subspecies: Okanagana rimosa rimosa (Say, 1830)
    Subspecies: Okanagana rimosa ohioensis Davis, 1942

    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: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
    4. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.

    Notes:

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

    Okanagana bella Davis, 1919 aka Mountain Cicada

    Filed under: Okanagana | Tibicinini | United States | William T. Davis — Tags: — Dan @ 7:32 pm

    Okanagana bella Davis, 1919 aka Mountain Cicada.

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    Okanagana bella Davis, 1919
    Photo credit: Okanagana bella (female) by Matt Berger

    All Okanagana bella information & images on cicadamania.com.

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: O. bella

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: O. bella

    Name, Location and Description

    Classification:

    Family: Cicadidae
    Subfamily: Cicadettinae
    Tribe: Tibicinini
    Subtribe: Tibicinina
    Genus: Okanagana
    Species: Okanagana bella Davis, 1919

    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: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
    4. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.

    Notes:

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

    Megatibicen pronotalis pronotalis Davis, 1938

    Megatibicen pronotalis pronotalis Davis, 1938

    Image

    Megatibicen pronotalis pronotalis Davis, 1938
    Photo credit: by Dan Mozgai (Bill Reynolds collection)

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: M. pronotalis pronotalis

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    Name, Location and Description

    Classification:

    Family: Cicadidae
    Subfamily: Cicadinae
    Tribe: Cryptotympanini
    Subtribe: Cryptotympanina
    Genus: Megatibicen
    Species: Megatibicen pronotalis pronotalis Davis, 1938
    Species: Megatibicen pronotalis walkeri Metcalf, 1955 aka Walker’s Cicada

    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: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
    4. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.

    Notes:

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

    Neotibicen auriferus (Say, 1825) aka Plains Dog-day Cicada

    Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen | Thomas Say | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 5:45 pm

    Neotibicen auriferus (Say, 1825)

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: N. auriferus

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    Name, Location and Description

    Classification:

    Family: Cicadidae
    Subfamily: Cicadinae
    Tribe: Cryptotympanini
    Subtribe: Cryptotympanina
    Genus: Neotibicen
    Species: Neotibicen auriferus (Say, 1825)

    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: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
    4. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.

    Notes:

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

    April 12, 2020

    Neocicada hieroglyphica aka Hieroglyphic Cicada

    Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica (Say, 1830) and Neocicada hieroglyphica johannis (Walker, 1850) aka Hieroglyphic Cicada.

    Neocicada hieroglyphica by Joe Green, 2007
    Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica by Joe Green, 2007.

    Joe Green’s Neocicada hieroglyphica photos from 2007, Florida,
    Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica Photo by Joe Green.

    â­˘ All Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica images and information on cicadamania.com.

    There are two subspecies of Neocicada hieroglyphica: Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica (Say, 1830) and Neocicada hieroglyphica johannis (Walker, 1850). According to Wm. T. Davis, a key difference is: on N. hieroglyphica johannis, “the black marks on the head, pronotum and mesonotum are more in the form of spots than of continuous lines as in typical hieroglyphica”.

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: N. hieroglyphica hieroglyphica

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Joe Green | Species: N. hieroglyphica hieroglyphica

    Song type: Pre Call


    Source: ©Joe Green | Species: N. hieroglyphica hieroglyphica

    Song type: Call


    Source: ©Joe Green | Species: N. hieroglyphica hieroglyphica

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    Name, Location and Description

    • Cicada Names: Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica (Say, 1830) and Neocicada hieroglyphica johannis (Walker, 1850)
    • Short Names: N. hieroglyphica hieroglyphica and N. hieroglyphica johannis
    • Former name/synonyms: Cicada hieroglyphica
    • Common Name: Hieroglyphic Cicada
    • When: May-August. Peaks in June.
    • Where are they found: N. hieroglyphica hieroglyphica is found in AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and N. hieroglyphica johannis is found in Florida
    • Maps: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico [PDF]
    • Description: Black, brown and green patterns.
    • Eye Color: varies
    • Pronotal Collar Color: varies
    • Identification: Bug Guide
    • Identification: iNaturalist
    • Subject Matter Expert website: Cicada Central
    • Taxonomic Information: Integrated Taxonomic Information System
    • Song: Insect Singers

    A description by Wm. T. Davis from MISSISSIPPI CICADAS, WITH A KEY TO THE SPECIES OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES1:

    Cicada hieroglyphica Say.
    Occurs from Riverhead, Long Island, N. Y., to eastern Kansas and southward. In peninsular Florida the variety johannis Walker replaces the typical form. The black marks on the head, pronotum and mesonotum are more in the form of spots than of continuous lines as in typical hieroglyphica.

    The song does not continue long, but sometimes, as in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, the insects appear in numbers, when their united effort produces a considerable noise.

    Classification:

    Family: Cicadidae
    Subfamily: Cicadinae
    Tribe: Cicadini
    Subtribe: Leptopsaltriina
    Genus: Neocicada
    Species: Neocicada hieroglyphica
    Subspecies: Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica (Say, 1830)
    Subspecies: Neocicada hieroglyphica johannis (Walker, 1850)

    List of sources

    1. (1) Davis, W.T. 1918. MISSISSIPPI CICADAS, WITH A KEY TO THE SPECIES OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. Journal New York Entomological Society. Volume 26. Read it on Archive.org.
    2. Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
    3. Common names: BugGuide.net; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
    4. Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
    5. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.

    Notes:

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

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