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April 4, 2020

Megatibicen resh (Haldeman, 1852) aka Resh Cicada

Filed under: Megatibicen | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 4:30 pm

Megatibicen resh (Haldeman, 1852) aka Resh Cicada.

Megatibicen resh molting adult

See all Megatibicen resh images & information on

Song type: Call

Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: M. resh

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Name, Location and Description

Resh Cicadas are named for the markings on their back (pronotum) that resemble the Hebrew letter Resh.
Resh Cicadas are named for the markings on their back (pronotum) that resemble the Hebrew letter Resh.


A. Large, heavy bodied species ; head broad, uncus simple, and first cross vein in the fore wings starting from radius 3 far back, or about one third distant from base of first marginal cell.

BB. Uncus broad at the base, triangular in shape and generally about as broad as long. Opercula broad and rounded at the extremities no definite black area on the central part of the abdomen beneath, usually unicolorus.

EE. Wings broad, hind margin of the pronotum or collar green or greenish and more than 2 mm. broad.

FF. Anal cells or membranes at base of fore and hind wings light orange, two prominent marks on the mesonotum resembling the Hebrew letter resh inverted.

Fore wings with the first and second cross veins clouded, and the dorsum of the abdomen brownish or brownish black resh (Haldeman).

Teneral (soft) recently molted M. resh

Teneral (soft) recently molted M. resh


Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
Subtribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Megatibicen
Species: Megatibicen resh (Haldeman, 1852)

List of sources

  1. Davis, W.T. 1918. MISSISSIPPI CICADAS, WITH A KEY TO THE SPECIES OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. XXVI, Nos. 3-4. Read it on
  2. Full Binomial Names:
  3. Common names:; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
  4. Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
  5. 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. Kristy says:

    I think I saw one of these recently molted in Minnesota. Can I post a photo for someone to identify?

  2. Emma says:

    It when in our house I thought there was rattle snake in bushes when it flew I was screaming so much It stopped and landed we thought the dog ate it
    It was quacking
    When I was going in my room I turned it around it was there screamed more mon killed it snake don’t bug me like the cute one not loud huge ones I mean spider don’t either as long there not in my toliet and peed on it fuckin cicadas scared the hell out of me always (location south carolina

  3. Joanna says:

    I’m up in Libby Montana which is in the very Northwest corner of our state and one of these is hatching. Okay, I don’t know the correct terminology, all I know is I took a picture of it and this is what I found on the web. And it looks like this thing. I have never seen one before here in Montana

    1. Dan says:

      I’d love to see a photo. Our email address is

  4. Ant says:

    Im wondering if this cicada lives in another state.

    1. Ant says:

      other than just Texas

      1. Dan says:

        AR, KS, LA, MS, NE, OK, SC, TN, TX

  5. Zain Al-Shemmeri says:

    Im currently in Houston Texas and I am hearing this cicada in December???

    1. Dan says:

      I’ve never heard of them lasting this long, but it’s hot enough.

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