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April 13, 2016

Neotibicen tibicen australis (Davis, 1912) aka Southern Swamp Cicada

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen | United States | William T. Davis — Tags: — Dan @ 4:36 pm

Neotibicen tibicen australis (Davis, 1912) aka Southern Swamp Cicada aka Southern Dusky-Winged Cicada.

Song type: Call

Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: N. tibicen australis

Name, Location and Description


Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
Subtribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Hadoa
Species: Neotibicen tibicen
Sub-Species: Neotibicen tibicen australis (Davis, 1912)
Sub-Species: Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (Linnaeus, 1758)


Collar all green or nearly so, as well as the pronotum and mesonotum sayi var. australis (Davis).

sayi = Neotibicen tibicen.

The variety australis Davis, which is much greener colored, occurs not uncommonly in parts of Florida and Georgia, and should be found in Mississippi.

Link to Davis 1918.

Notes from Sanborn, Allen F., Phillips, Polly K. & Gilllis, Philip, 2008, The Cicadas of Florida (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae), pp. 1-43 in Zootaxa 1916 on page 13.

The subspecies has a primarily green mesonotum, pronotum and pronotal collar with reduced black markings (fig. 140) instead of the black and fulvous areas on the pronotum and mesonotum (fig. 131)

Links: The Cicadas of Florida (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae), Tibicen tibicen subsp. australis Davis.

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. Virginia Hobbs says:

    This is the sound I remember growing up in the Tidewater area of Virginia. Without air conditioning, all of our windows were open so we heard all of the insects and some frogs too!

    1. Delta says:

      I think you mistaked that for N. Tibicen tibicen, parent species of var. australis

      Australis mainly occurs in and southern of GA. Here in VA I only get black/green ones, which are t. Tibicen

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