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Tibicen tibicen australis - Neotibicen tibicen

Tibicen tibicen australis - Neotibicen tibicen
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA
June 29, 2011

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Tibicen tibicen ssp. australis
Nice specimen!

This is the "Southern Swamp Cicada" or "Southern Dusky Winged Cicada", Tibicen tibicen (chloromerus) ssp. australis.

This particular cicada is frequently misidentified because it is much more colorful and patterned than is the nominate race. Additionally, it usually lacks the black pronotal collar typical of Tibicen tibicen var./ssp. tibicen.

When one attempts to key this subspecies, based on many of the characters, it usually ends up as "pruinosus" or one of the other green Tibicen species.

Specimens from various areas across the peninsula, particularly the Gulf coast, are often very dark green and can look nearly black.

There is a transition zone from ssp. australis to ssp. tibicen somewhere along the Chatahoochee/Apalachicola River drainage to the west and to the north across central Georgia (~Columbus to Macon east to Savannah).



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It is also often confused with T. lyricen which does have a black pronotal collar - compare with T. lyricen ssp. virescens.

b.t.w. - when comparing images, like most cicadas, preserved specimens are not as colorful as are living or freshly dead.

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