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Superb dog-day cicada

Neotibicen superbus, (Fitch, 1855)


It is a cicada in the same genus as the famous dog-day cicada. The cicada has transparent wigs with many structures like their veins and wing cells. This type is an "annual cicada" that means that the whole cycle takes 3-5 years instead of 10-17 years. The thorax of this one has green with some black triangle markings. The wingspan for this one was 30 mm. though it can reach 50 mm. for females.


Semi-urban, Fort Worth, Texas. The cicadas can have major breakouts having 1000 of them at one time. This year seems to be a little less.


This species is most common in the southern United states but mostly in Texas. The sound of cicadas comes from the tymbal that is only found in males.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Spotted on Jun 15, 2020
Submitted on Jun 16, 2020

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