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Species Megatibicen figuratus - Fall Southeastern Dusk-singing Cicada

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadidae (Cicadas)
Subfamily Cicadinae
Genus Megatibicen
Species figuratus (Fall Southeastern Dusk-singing Cicada )
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
figurata (See discussion on Tibicen page.)
Size
Avg. 2.1-2.4 inches in total length (may vary some).
Identification
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....
Range
Southeastern US

Gulf States: FL, AL, MS, LA & e. TX
Mid-South: e. OK, AR, s. TN, & se. MO(?)
Atlantic: GA, SC, NC & se. VA(?)
Habitat
Pine woodlands
Season
Late Season

July-November
Food
prefers Pines
Remarks
Most similar in appearance to T. resonans

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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.