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April 13, 2016

Megatibicen tremulus Cole, 2008 aka Cole’s Bush Cicada

Filed under: Jeffrey A. Cole | Megatibicen | Tacuini (Cryptotympanini) | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 5:47 pm

Megatibicen tremulus Cole, 2008

Song type: Call

Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: M. tremulus

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Name, Location and Description


Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
Subtribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Megatibicen
Species: Megatibicen tremulus Cole, 2008

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. richard Weber says:

    Error in email, I meant to say bush cicada instead of bush katydid.

  2. Richard Weber says:

    I have found a large colony of what appears to be the bush katydid in a Scotch pine in my back yard the last two summers. Last summer this tree produced 176 exoskeletons, this year 236. The first exoskeletons appeared on July 3rd and the last on September 7th. During these two months the nymphs emerged 5,6, or 7 every day like clockwork.

    Has anyone ever seen anything like this in the annual species? It poses a lot of interesting questions.

    Also I noticed the nymphs can detect the Scotch pine, probably by smell, when they emerge from the ground, since there is an ash tree ten feet away from the pine tree and even though some of emerge near the ash tree they make their way to the pine tree. There were no shells on the ash tree.

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