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April 17, 2016

Common cicadas of Delaware

Filed under: United States — Tags: — Dan @ 7:09 pm

Annual cicadas of Delaware (DE):

All cicadas appear every year unless otherwise noted.

Megatibicen grossus (Fabricius, 1775) aka Northern Dusk Singing Cicada formerly Megatibicen auletes

Northern Dusk Singing Cicada

Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica (Say, 1830) aka Hieroglyphic Cicada

Hieroglyphic Cicada

Neotibicen davisi davisi (Smith and Grossbeck, 1907) aka Davis’ Southeastern Dog-Day Cicada

Davis' Southeastern Dog-Day Cicada

Neotibicen linnei (Smith and Grossbeck, 1907) aka Linne’s Cicada

Linne's Cicada

Neotibicen lyricen engelhardti (Davis, 1910) aka Dark Lyric Cicada

Dark Lyric Cicada

Neotibicen lyricen lyricen (De Geer, 1773) aka Lyric Cicada

Lyric Cicada

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (Linnaeus, 1758) aka Swamp Cicada, Morning Cicada

Swamp Cicada, Morning Cicada

Neotibicen winnemanna (Davis, 1912) aka Eastern Scissor(s) Grinder

Eastern Scissor(s) Grinder

Periodical cicadas of Delaware (DE):

Magicicada septendecim (Linnaeus, 1758) aka Decim Periodical Cicada or Linnaeus’s 17-Year Cicada or 17-Year Cicada

These emerge next in 2038 (Brood X). Often they emerge 1 or 4 years earlier than expected.

Decim Periodical Cicada or Linnaeus's 17-Year Cicada or 17-Year Cicada

  1. Periodical cicada Brood X (10) will emerge in 15 states in 2038
  2. Look & listen for Brood X Stragglers

Name and Location References:

  1. Full Binomial Names:
  2. Common names & locations:;; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; my 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. List of species with MAPs: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico [PDF] by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips. Download it once; treasure it forever.


  1. Diane says:

    I have been invaded by white cicada nymphs. Everything I read says they are only in China and Korea. I’m in Delaware, U.S. Any information?

    1. Dan says:

      If you have photos, send them to or post them on this Facebook Cicada Group.

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