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April 13, 2020

Megatibicen pronotalis pronotalis Davis, 1938

Megatibicen pronotalis pronotalis Davis, 1938


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


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:
  2. Common names:; 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.


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

1 Comment »

  1. Coleman says:

    I found a Megatibicen Pronotalis ssp. Pronotalis yesterday while it was calling on a willow tree. The key identifying feature was the large, black marking on the pronotum. The range may need to be updated. A female of the same SPECIES was found nearby (a few inches from) the calling M. Pronotalis ssp. Pronotalis. She was lacking the black marking on the pronotum, so I assume that she was an M. Pronotalis ssp. Walkeri, the typical subspecies in my area. Both cicadas were found in Bossier parish, Louisiana.

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