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April 17, 2016

Common cicadas of New Hampshire

Filed under: United States — Tags: — Dan @ 7:33 pm

Common cicadas of New Hampshire (NH):

Neotibicen canicularis (Harris, 1841) aka Dog-day Cicada

Dog-day Cicada

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

Lyric Cicada

Okanagana canadensis (Provancher, 1889) aka Canadian Cicada

Canadian Cicada

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

Say's Cicada

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. Betsy Hatton says:

    A cicada perched on my shoulder outside (in Madison, NH)–then flew off inside the house. I tried to catch it and finally did the next day. I released it and it flew off. The wings made a clattery sound like dragonflies’ wings. It looked like the cicadas I saw in PA, but didn’t have the red eyes.

  2. Tracy says:

    Just saw, and heard, my first cicada in Conway! Got a quick look at it on a post. It looked shiny black in the sun. Followed it and recorded the sound it makes. I think there may have been one other about 200 feet away, but that’s it. Beautiful breezy 80-degree day. 11:30 AM.

  3. Doug says:

    Saw a cicada above treeline on Mt Adams yesterday afternoon (9/11/22). The weather was warm and sunny, especially for this location this time of year. It immediately flushed from its spot on a rock so I wasn’t able to identify which species.

  4. Iris Polley says:

    Just heard a drowning noise above my head in the trees and I looked it up on the site; I’m in Southern New Hampshire

  5. Ann says:

    Hi! I live in NH & your site reads that we get 4 different cicadas. Do they emerge all at once or does each group emerge on different years? Thank you!

    1. Dan says:

      The Okanangana should be around June-July and the Neotibicen from July-August.

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