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Female and Male Cicadas - Magicicada - male - female

Female and Male Cicadas - Magicicada - Male Female
Springfield, Virginia, USA
May 29, 2004
A composite image showing the differences between female (left) and male (right) 17-year periodical cicadas. The female uses her ovipositor to scratch holes into tree branches where her eggs are deposited. The left and right images are not necessarily representative of their relative sizes.

This species/genus came out in IL 2 yrs. ago by the 100s here in IL. I had a field day rounding up specimens!!! Nice pics by the way!

Two species
Nice image showing the difference between genders, but you also have two species here. The male on the right is M. septendecim, not sure which species the female is. The male shows the lid-like opercula that cover the tymbals (the sound-producing organs), at the base of the abdomen.

M cassini
According to the UMMZ Periodical Cicada page (here) M. cassini lacks the orange stripes on the abdomen, as the female here does.

Thanks for the info!
Perhaps I should split up the image into each individual cicada since they appear to be different species.

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