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Species Megatibicen dorsatus - Bush Cicada

Neotype - Tibicen dorsatus - Megatibicen dorsatus - male Neotype - Tibicen dorsatus - Megatibicen dorsatus - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha (Cicadas, Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas)
Family Cicadidae (Cicadas)
Subfamily Cicadinae
Tribe Cryptotympanini
Genus Megatibicen
Species dorsatus (Bush Cicada)
Other Common Names
"Bush Cicada," "Grand Western Cicada," & "Splendid Prairie Cicada"
a.k.a. "Grand/Giant Grassland Cicada"
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neotibicen dorsatus (Say)
Orig. Comb: Cicada dorsata Say 1825
Most populations are centrally located east of the Rockies and west of the Mississippi River
This species can be found across the Plains States west to CO south to TX
Isolates occur as far east as the upper Midwest (incl. IL & w. IN)

Much of the former reported range also included the closely related T. tremulus (recently described and separated from dorsatus). T. dorsatus has also been reported from Wyoming and South Dakota, however, there may still be some confusion regarding the details in range distributions between dorsatus and tremulus - coupled with erroneous id's incl. T. dealbatus with which it is sympatric across much of its range and occasionally confused.

Some populations found in "Prairie remnants" and parks may be listed/protected.
One should check with local authorities prior to collecting in these sites.
long-grass/short-grass prairie remnants & associated woodlands
mostly: July-Sept (BG data)
misc. vascular plants
A beautiful species that now exists in scattered isolates across much of its former range.

Although listed as "secure" (i.e. "not threatened/endangered"), many populations, particularly those isolated in more developed areas, should be monitored and conserved.