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A Northern Dusk Singing Cicada visitor, Tibicen auletes
This beauty is the largest Eastern Tibicen species. In fact, it appears to be our largest and most robust North American Cicada (north of Mexico)! I always get extra excited to find one of these visiting.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Tibicen auletes
1) SIZE: Avg. 2.25-2.75 inches (up to ~3.0”) in total length (incl. wings).
2) COLORATION: 2 color forms “Olive-Green/Olive-Taupe-Tan” or “Rust/Reddish-brown”
In the reddish color form, the wing veins are also characterized by being a deep reddish-brown. Unlike resonans the wings are broader and the cicada is typically more pruinose (i.e. well-developed white bands on the abdomen)
The pronotum of these cicadas is usually olive or taupe (rarely reddish) with a well developed central pattern
3) PRUINOSITY: These cicadas often look as though they are molded or have been dusted in “powdered sugar”. No other US species is so pruinose (NOTE: This white wax will wipe off and over time, esp. in older specimens, much of the white can be lost! Reduced white wax often changes the general appearance of these insects)
4) EYES: when alive/fresh, the eyes are a light - often described as a sandy tan, grey-tan or rarely purplish-grey or purplish-tan.
6) VENTER: Pruinose / No dark pigmentation
7) MALES: oblique round olive-yellow colored opercula (rarely reddish-tan in color)
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