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Lyric Cicada - Tibicen lyricen - Neotibicen lyricen

Lyric Cicada - Tibicen lyricen - Neotibicen lyricen
Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA
August 3, 2007
Size: 38mm (1 1/2")
Look at both pictures....I promise this is no setup. I took this pic then went on and took some of other critters, went in the house, came back no longer than 5-10 minutes and this is what I found.
Maybe it was aliens....

Addition 03/16/2009 :
At the request of others, I am adding the following info.
This image was taken at night, on my back deck, under the porch light.
Camera - Kodak P712 point-and-shoot.
Cicada was a very dark green, rust, and lighter green colors.

adjusted contrast


Moved from Lyric Cicada.

While I agree with your Id of this specimen I am amazed at the smokey infuscation of the wings in addition to this specimen's extreme dark color. Compared to T. lyricen var. engelhardti found in the guide which is also a dark species, there is no smokey infuscation.

Do you find specimens like these in your area often? Can you describe the habitat in which you found it?

Habitat :
This is in a very hilly area....sort of like mountainous foothills. There are lots of rocky cliffs, sandy bottoms, and with occasional open fields. The flora consists of trees such as Post Oak (Quercus stellata), Blackjack Oak (Quercus marilandica), Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides), Bois D’Arc (Maclura pomifera), Pecan (Carya illinoinensis), Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra), Mimosa (Albizzia julibrissin), Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda), these are not all inclusive....just got tired of typing :-D
Plants include Atlantic Poison Oak (Toxicodendron pubescens), Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), Buckbush (a.k.a. Coralberry)(Symphoricarpos orbiculatus), Wild Indigo (Genus Baptisia), Green Antelopehorn (Asclepias viridis), Johnson Grass (Sorghum halepense), Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida), etc etc....

But, you should be able to get the general idea....

And yes, I see these quite frequently in summer.


Its funny you should mention Pecan, In a phone conversation with Bill Reynolds who also posts to Bugguide he has noted in some years that T. lyricen is especially attracted to Pecan trees and can be covered with them.

I wonder if this area is geographically isolated enough in order for this variety of T. lyricen to be its own sub-species as in T. lyricen var. virescens which is said to only be located in parts of Florida.

Next year if you are so inclined would it be possible to obtain specimens of T. lyricen in your area? I would sure appreciate it.

Tibicen lyricen f. lyricen (western f. lyricen)
Interesting ? - Smoky wings & Dark Color

Sure. I can get you all you want. You'll just have to help remind me next spring/early summer. You can get my email from my profile. I also have a website dedicated to Oklahoma species documentation of all kinds, not just insects but plants, animals, whatever is in Oklahoma woods. It is at OkieCritters. Stop by sometime and check it out.

What about the other cicada here
Any ideas?

Could you take a look at this one
and see what you think please ?

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