Tibicen

Tibicen

The Tibicen genus of cicadas is the most prevalent in the United States. These large-bodied cicadas appear annually, after feeding on tree roots for 2-3 years in their nymphal stage. Due to overlapping generations, Tibicen cicadas are present every year during late summer.

Tibicen cicadas are 1-2 inches long, with characteristic green, brown, and black markings on the top of the thorax, and tented, membranous wings extending past the abdomen. The fore pair are about twice the length of the hind pair. Males produce loud calls in the afternoon or evening (depending on the species) to attract females. These sounds, distinctive for each species, are produced by organs below the abdomen's base. These calls range from a loud buzz to a long rattling sound. Adults feed using their beak to tap into the xylem of plants. Larvae feed from the xylem of roots.

Species

  • Tibicen auletes Germar 1834
  • Tibicen aurifera Say 1825
  • Tibicen bihamatus Motschulsky 1861
  • Tibicen bifida Davis 1916
  • Tibicen canicularis Harris 1841 : Dogday harvestfly
  • Tibicen chiricahua Davis 1923
  • Tibicen chisosensis Davis 1934
  • Tibicen chloromera Walker 1850 [Now Tibicen tibicen Linnaeus 1758] : Morning Cicada
  • Tibicen cultriformis Davis 1915
  • Tibicen davisi Smith and Grossbeck 1907
  • Tibicen dealbata Davis 1915
  • Tibicen dorsata Say 1825 : Western Cicada
  • Tibicen duryi Davis 1917
  • Tibicen figurata Walker 1858
  • Tibicen inauditus Davis 1917
  • Tibicen linnei Smith and Grossbeck 1907 : Linne's Cicada
  • Tibicen longiopercula Davis 1926
  • Tibicen lyricen De Geer 1773
  • Tibicen montezuma Distant 1881
  • Tibicen ochreoptera Townsend 1892
  • Tibicen parallela Davis 1923
  • Tibicen pruinosa Say 1825 : Scissor Grinder Cicada
  • Tibicen resh Haldeman 1852
  • Tibicen resonans Walker 1850
  • Tibicen robinsoniana Davis 1922
  • Tibicen similaris Smith and Grossbeck 1907
  • Tibicen superba Fitch 1855
  • Tibicen texanus Metcalf 1963
  • Tibicen townsendii Uhler 1905
  • Tibicen variegata Fabricius 1794
  • Tibicen walkeri Metcalf 1955

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