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Tibicen auletes in Richmond, VA

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Tibicen auletes in Richmond, VA

We have 3 feral cats that live on our back porch. They seem to think these are delicacies! My wife heard what she thought was a child screaming to find the cats playing with one. So far they have killed two. I believe it is M. tredecim.

Date Posted: 2011-07-21 Comments: (1) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2011-07-21 | Website:

Hi Rich,

Thanks for the cool photos. Unfortunately, this cicada is not M. tredecim. That species is one of three periodical cicadas from Brood XIX that emerged in your area a month ago. This specimen is a lot cooler. It is known as Tibicen auletes and is one of the United States' biggest cicadas. Thanks for providing the ruler for scale. This specimen is actually a male as indicated by the opercula which can be seen at the base of the abdomen your first photo.

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