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Southern Swamp Cicada - Neotibicen tibicen

Southern Swamp Cicada - Neotibicen tibicen
Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia, USA
July 26, 2011
Tibicen pruinosus (?)

This was in a residential area, apparently attracted to light. Shot with flash in dark before dawn, flew off before being measured, but estimated at around body length of 40mm +-

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Tibicen tibicen (chloromerus) ssp. australis
Very good guess....However, this is one of the most difficult species (subspecies) for most people to identify based on using picture guides, keys and/or descriptions (in this series, the lateral image is most revealing for identification).

Having lived in central Florida and sw. Georgia a good part of my life, I am very familiar with this particular cicada! The extreme southern race (australis) and some of the color forms across other parts of the South often defy the description of the typical nominate race most often pictured in books and on-line.

ssp. australis


ssp. tibicen (chloromerus)


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The "Southern Swamp Cicada" or "Southern Dusky Winged Cicada", Tibicen tibicen (chloromerus) ssp. australis is frequently misidentified because it is much more colorful and patterned than is the nominate race and may have very dark eyes. Additionally, since this race usually lacks the black pronotal collar typical of the nominate race, Tibicen tibicen var./ssp. tibicen, it is often mistaken for pruinosus.

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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Also often confused with T. lyricen which always has a black/dark pronotal collar - compare with T. lyricen ssp. virescens.

 
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Bill: Thanks so much! I have been reading your BugGuide posts and explanations all afternoon, as well as studying your photos. I really appreciate your time and expertise. Thanks again. Roy

 
Thank You (What can I say - I love cicadas ;)
I have chased and collected cicadas across the eastern US since I could crawl...and still do ;)

 
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It certainly shows...I look forward to studying more of your posts

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