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Is this Tibicen chloromera? - Neotibicen tibicen

Is this Tibicen chloromera? - Neotibicen tibicen
Gates County, North Carolina, USA
September 3, 2005

Moved from Swamp Cicada.

Is that cicada alive or dead?
Is that cicada alive or dead? T. chloromera sometimes loses its green pronotum to more of a brownish after they die. But they rarely have the outer brown markings on the middle thorax. My guess is T. lyricen but I agree a ventral view would settle things. T. chloromera would not only lack the black band down the center of the abdomen, but the plates covering the sound organs are noticeably elongated in T. chloromera, unlike any other Tibicen species that I know of.

Tibicen chloromera
T. lyricen sometimes has extensive green markings on the pronotum (behind the eyes) like this, but in those cases there is also extensive pale markings on the thorax between the wings.

to Tibicen chloromera guide page.

Tibicen tibicen
T. chloromerus has recently been synonymized with T. tibicen.

Need Ventral View
While this dorsal view is indicative of T. chloromera with the green pronotum, black pronotal collar and nearly black mesonotum, to confirm, a ventral view would be needed. If there is no large black stripe on the sternites of the abdomen then I'd say yes it was T. chloromera. If there is a black stripe then it most likely would be T. lyricen.

Also from the dorsal view, it looks to be male and also looks like it is either dead or was chilled as from the dorsal view all 6 legs should be seen.

This was one of several that I have found dead here but most have been in poor condition. Unfortunately, I do not have the specimen to examine more closely. The next one found will be checked thoroughly. Thanks for the info.

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