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April 9, 2020

Neotibicen winnemanna (Davis, 1912) aka Eastern Scissor(s) Grinder

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen | United States | William T. Davis — Tags: — Dan @ 5:24 pm

Neotibicen winnemanna (Davis, 1912) aka Eastern Scissor(s) Grinder.

Neotibicen winnemanna Garner NC
Photo by Dan Mozgai. North Carolina.

N. winnemanna
Photo by Dan Mozgai. Titusville, New Jersey. Yes, the head is missing. 🤷 Note the brown coloring on the abdomen.

Song type: Call

Source: ©Insect Singers.

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Name, Location and Description

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.

Dorsum of abdomen with the hind margin of the segments more or less brown and generally but a trace of pruinose stripe each side on segment three.


Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
Subtribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Neotibicen
Species: Neotibicen winnemanna (Davis, 1912)

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. Q says:

    Do these cicadas exist in middlesex county and Long Island? Haven’t been to the New York area but am just curious cause they exist where I live

    1. Dan says:

      Middlesex County NJ? If so yes, but not a lot. I heard one in Edison, NJ, and folks have reported them south of the Raritan River. I do not think there are any Long Island, NY.

  2. JM says:

    These sing heavy on one side of my neighborhood but not to much on my side. Though in recent years they seem to be spreading this way. I always wonder why didn’t sing as much on our side.

  3. Dee says:

    I just found the chewed out carcass of the rare pale scissor grinder in my back yard in Humble, Texas. I had never seen markings like these so had had to do some research and it was the perfect match. I also have HUGE cicada kilers in my yard so that’s most likely how it met it demise.

  4. Cole says:

    I wanted to report that I heard this cicada species at a park in Collin County, Texas just now! I compared it to tibicen latifasciatus and it’s definitely T. winnemanna!

    1. Cole says:

      *Edit- it seems there’s another “scissor grinder” cicada that actually does live in the north Texas area, N. pruinosus. They both sound similar, I must have mixed up species, my apologies.

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