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Tibicen sp. cicada - Neotibicen canicularis

Tibicen sp. cicada - Neotibicen canicularis
Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
September 14, 2008

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Tibicen canicularis
Gerry is 100% correct!

Tibicen robinsonianus has a distribution ranging from the deep South into the the US Midwest - across the Mississippi River into the hill country and Ozarks, but seemingly ending before the Great Plains. Along the Atlantic, its populations seem to terminate shortly north of Virginia (isolated reports of audal records).

T. robinsonianus becomes increasingly rare northward into the Midwest and upper mid-Atlantic states - should the collection data be correct for this cicada, it is unlikely T. robinsonianus.

T. robinsonianus usually has a visible hairline black line that bisects the pronotal collar and a broad well defined ventral black stripe! Compare this image to those of T. robinsonianus from Durhan, NC!

species ID
Thanks for comments--as the photographer, I can attest that the collection data is accurate, but can contribute nothing to the identification

Tibicen canicularis
Being from Massachusetts I can tell you that we do not have T. robinsonianus in our state. T. robinsonianus is a southerly species with records of specimens and published papers indicating the species can be found in Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina and probably other southern states as well.

This specimen is actually T. canicularis. They do vary morphologically which makes them difficult to identify if you are not familiar with the species. The two most common species of cicadas we have here in Massachusetts are T. canicularis and T. lyricen. T. lyricen is a larger cicada has a black pronotal collar and has tawny colors overlaying a black mesonotum.

Moved from Tibicen.

Tibicen robinsonianus
Similar to the dog-day cicada, but with slightly different wings.

thanks for help
thanks for help

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