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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
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A molting Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
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A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
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A molting Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
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A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
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A recently molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
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A fully sclerotized Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
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A fully sclerotized Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
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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.
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A fully sclerotized female Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
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A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
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A recently molted male Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. I don’t know how it got around that spruce sap!
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A molting Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
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A molting Female Neotibicen tibicen tibicen:
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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

September 30, 2022

Neotibicen lyricen nymph crawling up a tree

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen | Nymphs | 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:
ThumbNail Neotibicen lyricen

September 28, 2022

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

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Molting | Neotibicen — 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: Cryptotympanini | Molting | Neotibicen — 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: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen — 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: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen — 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

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