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HABITAT & Preferred HOST TREE - Neotibicen latifasciatus

HABITAT & Preferred HOST TREE - Neotibicen latifasciatus
Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA
Habitat & Host of T. latifasciatus
Ocala, Marion Co., FL (July 2009)
Sandy soils of the Gulf & Atlantic Coastal Plain
Photo: R. Veal

HOST: Southern/Eastern Red Cedar
Order: Pinales
Family: Cupressaceae
Genus: Juniperus
Species: J. silicicola (syn. J. virginiana var. silicicola)

HOST: Atlantic White Cedars
Order: Pinales
Family: Cupressaceae
Genus: Chamaecyparis
Species: C. thyoides

Other hosts preferred by T. latifasciatus may include:
Juniperus spp., "Cedars"
Cupressus spp., Cypress
Cupressocyparis spp., Leyland Cypress
+ Various related cultivars & ornamentals used in coastal landscapes

While many cicadas seem to be host "non-specific", others seem to show extreme preference. Adults of Tibicen latifasciatus can be found among other trees, but they are rarely found far from natural groves of red cedars. Interestingly, if you wish to collect this species, it is easiest to scope out cedar trees and search for the nymphs emerging at night. More research is needed to fully understand the relationship between this insect and its "preferred host".

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