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A Tibcen canicularis from Scituate, MA

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A Tibcen canicularis from Scituate, MA

Large (seemed to be at least 2" long incl. wings) bug on a dahlia. Seemed mostly gray in color, w/gray eyes,but looking at the pic I can see more variation. Lat/long listed is for Scituate in general, not the address listed. I guess this is an annual cicada? Which species is it? Sorry it is blurry, didn't realize I couldn't get that close with my phone. Great website!

Date Posted: 2011-08-21 Comments: (1) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts cicadas | On: 2011-08-21 | Website:

Hi Shan

Thanks for this photo. This is one of our more common cicadas here in Massachusetts. Based on its overall brown color and I can detect a lot of "white" pubescence that this specimen is probably newly molted from nymph. I would also suspect that it came out of the ground as a nymph underneath the dahlias and probably is about ready to fly away.

And as to species, it is known as Tibicen canicularis. I can also tell you that due to lack of what are known as "timbal covers" and the overall shape of the abdomen is that this specimen is female. Thanks for sharing your information.

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