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Tibicen lyricen? - Neotibicen lyricen

Tibicen lyricen? - Neotibicen lyricen
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
August 5, 2012

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Tibicen lyricen? - Neotibicen lyricen Tibicen lyricen? - Neotibicen lyricen

Sorry about that....
I didn't mean to put these images under canicularis.
I simply had canicularis on the brain (been pinning a few specimens this morning)

Not enough coffee...can't walk and chew gum before noon either ;)

Best match = Lyric Cicada, T. lyricen (?)
T. lyricen is one of the northern most members of the Genus and can be found across parts of s. New England.

The shape, color, pattern and predominantly brownish legs of the cicada in your images are suggstive and support your id.
In canicularis, the legs are usually slightly more greenish and the insect a bit more "bug-eyed" in appearance. The head of the pictured cicada better matches the proportions seen in lyricen.

Can you give a total length incl. wings?
Although not an absolute, you can use the following:
If > or = 2 inches incl. wings, then likely lyricen
If slightly < 2 inches incl. wings, then likely canicularis

Back to your pic's!....The pronotal collar in these pic's looks a bit greenish ?? (and that bugs me??). Some individuals of T. canicularis can at times have a dark pronotal collar
Being that this cicada looks teneral, the collar may darken to black.

NOTE: There is a chance this cicada might be a dark form of canicularis (I'm not 100% certain of the id in this case...??). T. lyricen is generally an early season species (July) while canicularis later (August/Sept). Although usually easily distinguished, there can be individuals of lyricen and canicularis with overlapping traits, and given the fact both taxa occur in your area, this can present a slight problem with id, esp. based on images and not the specimen in hand.

Refer to the images below.
T. lyricen at times may have green intrusion in the pronotal collar (not common but happens!)

For more details on cicadas of New England, please refer to the following site:
You might want to post your images there, as Gerry is better familiar with the variations seen in canicularis and lyricen as occur in your area.

Moved from Cicadas.

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