Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
figurata (See discussion on Tibicen page.)
Avg. 2.1-2.4 inches in total length (may vary some).
T. figuratus is one of our largest eastern species and appears most closely related to members of the "auletes species group".
Like Tibicen resonans
, these cicadas are colored a deep reddish-brown or rust with the typical black patterning seen in most Tibicen species. T. figuratus specimens are similar to resonans in shape and size, but appear slightly more flattened/dorso-ventrally compressed. Unlike T. resonans, the anterior most basal wing cell
is characteristically colored BLACK (may be subject to rare exception! ... the basal wing cell may be dark brown or reddish-brown in coloration - as has been observed in a couple Florida specimens).
Compare: Unlike T. figuratus, the anterior most basal wing cell ot T. resonans is characteristically colored taupe (olive-tan) instead of black (SEE IMAGE BELOW).
Song often described as simlar to that of "chloromerus" or "linnei"
rapid short bursts - Ching.ching.ching....
Gulf States: FL, AL, MS, LA & e. TX
Mid-South: e. OK, AR, s. TN, & se. MO(?)
Atlantic: GA, SC, NC & se. VA(?)
Most similar in appearance to T. resonans
Tibicen figuratus is a pine (Pinus spp.) adapted species. It is widely distributed across much of the Southeast, however, may be patchy and localized. This cicada is most common in and adj. to lowland pine forests. Most North American Tibicen species are not thought to be "host specific", however, this cicada seems to have a preference for pine and pine habitats.
It is a late season species and may be heard on warm Autumn days even after the first few light frosts.