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April 9, 2020

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

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 4:00 pm

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

Neotibicen linnei
Photo by Dan Mozgai.

⭢ All Neotibicen linnei images & information about

Song type: Call

Source: ©Insect Singers

Video Playlist

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Name, Location and Description

A description of linnei by Wm. T. Davis from Mississippi Cicadas, with a Key to the Species of the Southeastern United States1

The female of this species often closely resembles that of T. pruinosa [Neotibicen pruinosus], but in linnei the fore wings are abruptly bent near the middle, whereas in pruinosa the curve is more regular. The song is very different from that of pruinosa and is a continuous z-ing, but generally of short duration.

Identification Key by Wm. T. Davis:1

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.

B. Uncus longer than broad. Black species with green or greenish markings and black area on the central part of the abdomen beneath

C. Hind margin of pronotum or collar, green or greenish.

A longitudinal band of black on the under side of the abdomen, the opercula more lobate, and the margin of the front wings suddenly bent near the middle.

Example of the wing bend:
Wing Bend

What this cicada looks like when it is still soft

Color varies, even from the same location:

N. linnei


Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
Subtribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Neotibicen
Species: Neotibicen linnei (Smith & Grossbeck, 1907)

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. Read 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. I found several of these cicadas on the ground under my gum trees. I’m wondering which brood they are. There are not that many. They sing very late in the afternoon, near to dusk. Would appreciate any info anyone could send me about them.

    1. Dan says:

      The cicadas out now are annual species and don’t belong to a brood (only the 17/13 year cicadas are organized by brood.You can listen to the sound files on this page to narrow down the species

  2. Michael Hogan says:

    Last year, my wife and I found three shells of emerged and empty cicadas. The other day, I found a shell of a cicada that morphed. That shell has the thorax and abdomen (which was with the thorax, but separate.
    I kept them all and am wondering if anyone would be interested in pics of them and/or recordings no of their sound (which is happening right now and was clearly audible at 2am last night?
    I don’t know which brood they are.
    Please advise.
    We live on Tybee Island, Georgia.

    1. Dan says:

      @Michael, it might have been cicadas with annual lifecycles. Here’s a list of cicadas in Georgia.

      At night, some cicadas will sing in the presence of artificial light, when it is very hot or there’s a lot of them — but usually at night it’s a katydid or frog making the noise.

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