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tibicen linnei - Neotibicen - male

tibicen linnei - Neotibicen - Male
kenosha, kenosha County, Wisconsin, USA
August 9, 2013
Size: 1.8
link to it calling captive.

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Nice cicada enclosure.
I've found that if I place the bottoms of my branch clippings in a concoction of water, sugar, and Miracle Grow, the cicadas seem to live a lot longer for me. I had one male T. robinsonianus that lasted three weeks in my enclosure! I got quite accustomed to him singing away in the morning and in the evenings. I sure miss that little guy...

Anyway, I change out the branch clippings every couple of days with fresh ones and I have the container for my concoction covered with Saran Wrap. I have a hole poked in the center of the Saran Wrap for the branches to go through. That way, the cicadas don't fall into it and get all sticky--or worse, drown.


Next year I am going to use a
Next year I am going to use all potted crab apple trees. Yes robinsonianus will live along time as will dorsatus and delbatus ! Pruinosus and linnei and canicularis do not do well but can live five weeks if they feed. What species is the most common in your area ?

The most common...
The most common cicada in our area is definitely T. pruinosus! I hardly ever collect them anymore unless I see something unusual about them.

All the other cicada populations are highly variable from year to year.

This year, as of today, my data set is looking like this:

1) T. pruinosus
2) T. pronotalis (we have had a huge boom in their numbers within the last 2 weeks--a very welcome sight!)
3) T. robinsonianus
4) T. tibicen
5) T. lyricen
6) T. auletes (5 different aural "sightings," 1 visual sighting)
7) T. dorsatus - none heard or seen this year. (Very disturbing!!!)

And, those are the only species I've ever found in our area besides the Brood XIX Magicicada variety. However, I do hear a couple more cicada songs out there that I have yet to identify. I'm thinking they are probably the result of cross-species mating. Those male T. tibicen's are horn-dogs and don't seem to care who they mate with as long as it's a female cicada. (I have documented this behavior HERE).

Anyway, what cicadas are in your neck of the woods, Slikk?

I bet the hybrids / unkown sp
I bet the hybrids / unkown species you have are indeed pruinosus x linnei! They are common in the Midwest. If you want to hear them go to YouTube and put in linnei hybrids or linnei pruinosus! I have over 20 files of them uploaded. They look like pruinosus more than a linnei in most areas. Also to the north canicularis and linnei hybridize! Linnei is a very odd cicada and is blending on large scales with pruinosus in many areas and with canicularis a bit! Robinsonianus does not form hybrids. T.tibicen may be able to cross with lyricen but it would be very rare.

Well. Pruinosus are very very
Well. Pruinosus are very very thick then pronotalis. We have pruinosus linnei hybrids in areas in the woods! They sound like a slow linnei or a fast pruinosus. Then we have dorsatus in one area in pana IL but they are so thick you can grab a few in a matter of seconds. Lyricen is very thick in campgrounds as is T tibicen. We do not have pure linnei nor canicularis in the my area but they start in north of the Illinois river! To the south of the Illinois river pruinosus and linnei hybridize / introgression . Pruinosus is found in it's pure form alot but linnei areas are restricted to hardwood forest areas and pruinosus fly in and make it a hybrid mess. I have yet to see a pure linnei population south of the IL river exept for Shawnee state park. we have auletes and robinsonianus in a few towns such as litchfeild IL. canicularis starts in northern Illinois along with true/ pure linnei.

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