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Emperor Cicada

Tacua speciosa


A huge Cicada, among the largest in the world. This one was around 6 cm and wing span of at least 15 cm. Its wings is dark brown to black colour with nice vein patterns. It has yellow-green collar, a red transversal stripe on the thorax and a turquiose-blue abdomen. Tacua speciosa is the only member of its genus.


This species can be found in Borneo, Sumatra, Java and in the Malay Peninsula.

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AlbertKang 5 years ago

Thanks, @Gilma :)

@Cammie, have added this Spotting to the Cicadas of the World Mission :D

Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 5 years ago

Beautiful!! Please consider adding to the Cicadas of the World Mission! =D

AlbertKang 6 years ago

Yes, it is, @Vinny.
Borneo is full of wild life especially if you like Insects.
There are so many National Parks even in the Borneo part of Malaysia, some are quite remote and most of them offers very cheap accommodation.

Vinny 6 years ago

Now that's a big Cicada. Borneo is definitely one I would love to travel.

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Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Spotted on Jul 5, 2015
Submitted on Aug 7, 2015


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