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Cicada - Megatibicen dorsatus - male

Cicada - Megatibicen dorsatus - Male
Adams, Gage County, Nebraska, USA
August 17, 2011
I have found a new love! My 12 yr old son found this adorable cicada which we hadn't seen in the past. The cicada was on a "plant" near an open field and cornfield. A few deciduous trees were around, and some pines. We brought him (yes, he's a boy) home and took photos and fell in love. He is so sweet. He thinks I'm a tree. He climbed all over me and tried to suck sap out of my hands and fingers, and yesserii Bob! It hurt! I don't have a microscope so couldn't see if there was a hook on the end of that needle, er, probuscis, but it sure felt like it. I"ll post a couple of other photos. I was trying to get a snap of him while he was biting me, but he quit. He is now OUTSIDE on a tree, not in my "collection." We only collect dead animals.

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Cicada - Megatibicen dorsatus - male Cicada - Megatibicen dorsatus - male

Moved from Cicadas.

Tibicen dorsatus
T. dorsatus is most common and widespread across the "Tall Grass Prairie" regions/remnants.

Since you are in the se. corner of the state, I'm confident this is T. dorsatus and not the similar T. tremulus.

T. dorsatus
Thank you, Bill! I appreciate the identification. This is the first time we have seen one, so we are all pretty excited.

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