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September 30, 2022

Neotibicen lyricen nymph crawling up a tree

Filed under: Neotibicen | Nymphs | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) | Video — Tags: — Dan @ 7:43 pm

Here’s a video of a Neotibicen lyricen nymph crawling up the trunk of a fir tree, looking for a place to molt. Note the dark eyes and green wing buds. This particular pine tree is my go-to for Lyric cicadas. Here’s another: Neotibicen lyricen molting.

ThumbNail Neotibicen lyricen

September 28, 2022

A short Neotibicen season in New Jersey. Male teneral Neotibicen tibicen.

Filed under: Molting | Neotibicen | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) — Tags: — Dan @ 7:30 pm

We had a short Neotibicen cicada season in New Jersey in 2022.

I’m used to finding molting Neotibicen cicadas between the first week of July and the last week of August. This year they started emerging in the first week of July, but the last one I found was on August 2nd.

I wonder if the short season was due to the major drought or heat waves New Jersey experienced this summer.

Here are some photos of a freshly-molted/teneral(soft) Morning cicada:

Male freshly-molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. Ventral view. Note the opercula.
Neotibicen tibicen 2022 Male

Male freshly-molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. Side view.
Neotibicen tibicen 2022 Male Side View

Male freshly-molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen with folded wings:
Neotibicen tibicen 2022 Folded wings

More from the 2022 season: Neotibicen tibicen tibicen female cicada molting, Neotibicen lyricen found in central New Jersey, and Neotibicen linnei in Northern New Jersey.

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen female cicada molting

Filed under: Molting | Neotibicen | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) — Tags: — Dan @ 7:12 pm

A Neotibicen tibicen tibicen female cicada molting. Also known as Morning or Swamp cicada. 2022, Central New Jersey.

Neotibicen tibicen 2022 Female molting

Neotibicen tibicen 2022 Female

September 27, 2022

Neotibicen lyricen found in central New Jersey

Filed under: Neotibicen | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) — Tags: — Dan @ 9:28 pm

A Neotibicen lyricen engelhardti found in central New Jersey on July 23, 2022, and released on the morning of July 24th.

This cicada is a male. It was less than 12 hours after molting and its colors were not fully resolved (it will get darker). Note the green wings, black collar, and brown “lightbulb-shaped” marking on its head (pronotum).
Neotibicen lyricen Central NJ

Neotibicen linnei in Northern New Jersey

Filed under: Neotibicen | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) — Tags: — Dan @ 8:50 pm

I was hiking the trails on Pyramid Mountain in Boonton, NJ on August 9th, 2022, when I came across a Neotibicen linnei (Smith and Grossbeck, 1907) aka Linne’s Cicada lying on the ground. Pyramid Mountain is geologically interesting and features glacial erratics of all shapes, sizes, and types (180-ton balancing boulders, purple pudding stones, green & black gneiss, green serpentinite, etc.), with plenty of rocks small enough to trip on and “roll an ankle”, so you have to keep your eyes on the trail. The cicada appeared dead, but it came to life once I picked it up. One of its forewings was too damaged to fly, though.

Dorsal view. It is a male. Note the green collar and two white pruinose spots on the sides of the abdomen.
Neotibicen linnei Pyramid Mountain NJ

Ventral view. Note the overlapping opercula and clearly defined white pruinose on both sides of the abdomen.
Neotibicen linnei Pyramid Mountain NJ 3

One forewing was damaged, torn, and dirty. It could not fly.
Neotibicen linnei Pyramid Mountain NJ 2

June 28, 2022

Cicada Season Kicks off in New Jersey

Filed under: Exuvia | Leptopsaltriini | Neocicada — Tags: — Dan @ 6:00 am

Updating (9/8) with some photos of an adult male Hieropglyhic cicada.

Hieropglyhic cicada NJ 2022

Hieropglyhic cicada

Updating (6/28) with some more locations: Bass River Park (E Greenbrook Rd), Harrisville Pond, Franklin Parker preserve.

Cicada season started in New Jersey last week with the emergence and singing of Neocicada Hieroglyphica aka the Hieroglyphic cicada. I heard them in Brendan T. Byrne state park and Hammonton. Someone on our Instagram said he heard them in Vineland. which specializes in the cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic, has Hieropglyhic cicadas starting around June 8th — this makes sense because they’re found in Florida, as well as more northern states like New Jersey and New York (Long Island).

You can hear their high-pitched screams in this video:

Here is the molted skin of a Hieroglyphic cicada:
Hieroglyphic Cicada

May 12, 2022

Chremistica ribhoi, the World Cup Cicada, is emerging!

Filed under: Chremistica | India | Periodical | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) — Tags: — Dan @ 4:33 am

Chremistica ribhoi, aka Niangtasar and the World Cup Cicada, is emerging! Chremistica ribhoi is a periodical cicada that lives in India (state of Meghalaya) and emerges every four years. It is nicknamed the World Cup cicada because it emerges the same year as the World Cup soccer/football sports event.

Sudhanya Ray Hajong sent us the following photos and text describing the event:

A molted, teneral (soft) male:
a newly emerged teneral adult of C.ribhoi

The worldcup cicada emergence May 2022

The four year long wait is over for the young and old of the villagers of Saiden village in the
northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya, and if you happen to be around you not fail to
notice the excitement among the young and old, men and women here in Saiden . It is
beginning of May and the World cup cicada or ‘Niangtaser’ as is called by the Bhoi
community has started emerging. The forest of Iewsier located on this a remote corner of
the world is suddenly buzzing with the calls of thousands of ‘Niangtaser’ or Chremistica
ribhoi Hajong & Yaakop, 2013.

Come sunset, one will see young children, boys and girls, and even aged man and
women with a bag carried around their shoulder, a piece of bamboo cane hung by tread
around their neck and a torch in hand – they are conversing in excitement and flocking in
small groups proceeding on trails taking them inside the forest. The atmosphere is almost
festive and everyone is so friendly and smiling expecting eagerly to seek out and pick as
many ‘ Niangtaser’ as possible, to be brought back home for delicious preparation and to
be pickles and dried and kept for months to relish the unique taste that Mother nature has

The nymphs with their powerful forelegs silently dig over ground in the stillness of the
night and one can see the still freshly emerged nymphs covered in soil crawling sluggishly
seeking anything upright to cling upward until they can secure themself on the surface with
their claws, the slow process then begins, with the splitting of the thoracic integument
along the mid dorsal line, the adult gradually pushes out of the shell until they are fully
outside the old exuviae, the wings which were crumpled slowly unfold and the now fully
emerged teneral adult with their fully spread-out wings appear as a beautiful greenish
ethereal glow under the soft light of our headlamps.

Come daylight and the adults now in hundreds and thousands fly out resting in clusters on
tips of twigs and branches of the several bamboos, one would hear the incessant and
almost whistling crescendo of calls of the ‘Niangtaser’ with the rising heat of the sun if you
are just below these trees one would feel the rain like shower drizzling earthward from the
hundreds of adults peeing from the tree tops.

This year though the fear of a fresh COVID resurgence had dampened the spirit of the
villagers of Siden , as no ‘Niangtaser’ Festival could be organised with much fanfare like
the previous emergence years.

The Folklore of the Bhoi people – A sick old women who was transformed into the
peeing ‘Niangtsers’

Long ago as the Bhoi Khasis of Siden village traditionally believed that, there lived an old
women who suddenly fell sick with a strange stomach ailment that made her to go
frequently to calls of nature for her frequent watery discharge. Fearing that her ailment
would spread among the villagers, the village elders finally decided that she was to taken
to the forest and kept separated alone in a bamboo thatch until she could get herself
cured. It is said that, when the villagers next morning went to check on her with food and
water, they were surprised to find they she had strangely vanished, but surprisingly they
found thousands of the cicadas everywhere on the branches of the trees and strangely all
of them were found to be discharging some kind of fluid from the rear of their abdomen.
They were thus lead to believe that the forest sprit feeling pity on her had transformed the
old sick women into thousands of the cicadas, and to this day the old women appear
around the forest of Iewsier in the form of thousands of ‘Niangtasers’ and even now she
still suffers from her stomach ailment and pass frequent watery discharges from the top of

Will the ‘Niangtaser’ come again and again, after every four years, few village the elders
who narrates how once upon a time ‘Niangtaser were plentiful and widespread; and how
now things have changed and how forest were gone along with many areas from were
‘Niangtaser’ are no more found. They are saddened by this development and tells us that
the number of ‘Niangtaser’is dwindling, forest patches where large number of them
emerges are no longer there, in its place farmlands and houses had appeared, they fear it
is not far when the folklore and the ‘Niangtaser’ that is so relished will vanish and only
remain a folklore of the distant past. The unique gift of mother nature may no longer be
there if we do not check our greed and our want for more and more land and more
material wealth. Village elders like Bah Kret Sungkli caution us that if we do not part our
greedy ways we may have to lose this wonderful gift of mother nature.

By Sudhanya Ray Hajong with able field assistance from my dear Rodeson Thangkiew,
who was inspired by ‘Niangtaser’ and to take up his PhD in cicadas.

A poem by Sudhanya Ray Hajong:
Niangtaser poem

Two nymphs that have emerged from the ground:
nymphs of C.ribhoi just emerges and covered with soil

A molting adult:
emerging adult

A molting adult:
side view of teneral adult with a termite attracted to our headlamp

A molting adult:
teneral adult in process of emergence

There’s also a brood of C. ribhoi that emerges during Leap-years.

March 27, 2022

Megatibicen auletes singing at dusk in Brendan T Byrne State Park in New Jersey on July 15th 2021

Filed under: Megatibicen | Sounds | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) | United States | Video — Tags: , — Dan @ 6:46 am

Here’s a video of a Megatibicen auletes cicada singing at dusk in Brendan T Byrne State Park in New Jersey on July 15th, 2021.

* Note as of 2023 the name of this cicada has changed to Megatibicen grossus. You can also call it a Northern Dusk-Signing Cicada.

Neotibicen lyricen molting in New Jersey July 2021

Filed under: Molting | Neotibicen | Nymphs | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) | Teneral | United States — Dan @ 5:39 am

Here are some Neotibicen lyricen molting in New Jersey July 2021.

Rich caramel eyes; blues & pinks in pronotal collar, legs, and mesonotum; green wings (that will stay green) and orange abdomen.

Neotibicen lyricen New Jersey July 2021

Neotibicen lyricen New Jersey July 2021

Neotibicen lyricen New Jersey July 2021 02

Molting Neotibicen tibicen cicadas

Filed under: Molting | Neotibicen | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) | Teneral | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 5:10 am

Here’s some photos of Molting Neotibicen tibicen tibicen cicadas taken in New Jersey in July of 2021.

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen July 2021

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