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Lateral View Tibicen lyricen - Neotibicen lyricen - female

Lateral View Tibicen lyricen - Neotibicen lyricen - Female
Lawrenceville, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
August 14, 2006
Size: ~2"
This specimen was on my arbor at around 11:00 am. I am assuming that it is female, since I see what I think is an ovipositer. On the opposite side of the arbor I photographed a male cicada that was identified through bugguide as Tibicen chloromera. ( It is different in that the legs are green and the back has green on it, too. This specimen's legs are reddish brown and its back has light brown areas. Are these the same species with color variation due to sex or other factors? Or are they different species?

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Moved from Lyric Cicada.

Moved from Tibicen.

Different Species
This is a T. lyricen female. T. chloromera have dark green and black pronotums with green being predominant. The body of T. chloromera is mostly black with a slight splashing of brown or green.

This specimen has a mostly brown Pronotum, a black pronotal collar and brown and black mesonotum which is indicative of the species. In addition T. lyricen have a penchant for ovipositing in just about any type of dead wood. Nice shot of this behavior.

Most if not all Tibicen species always oviposit in dead tree branches. This usually starts to signal the end of the season for cicadas when females are being found ovipositing quite easily.

How high off the ground was this female?

How High Off the Ground?
The female was 6.5 to 7 feet off the ground.

Thanks for the swift reply and description of the differences in the species. More information than genus & species is much appreciated.

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