dog day cicada

(Tibicen canicularis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed dog day cicada

Natureserve

not listed
Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season July to September
Habitat

Coniferous or mixed woods.

Size

11 16 to 15 16 long

   
    Photo by Nancy J.

Identification

This is a large, late season, annual cicada.

The body is black with green markings. The body alone is 11 16 to 15 16 long. The total length, including wings, is 17 16 to 213 16.

The pronotal collar is green or brown.

The wings are less than 19 16 long. The wing veins are noticeably green, at least near the base.

 
Song

Loud, smooth, like a small circular saw, without a discernible vibrato, increasing in intensity at the beginning, fading at the end, lasting no more than fifteen seconds. They sing as individuals throughout the day, in choruses at dusk. July to first frost.

 
Similar
Species

Canadian cicada (Okanagana canescens) song is more of a chatter than a buzz lasting 30 seconds.

Linne’s cicada (Tibicen linnei) song begins with a 5 second unmodulated buzz that increases in intensity, then transitions smoothly into a 10 second pulsating sound, then a 15 second unmodulated buzz, another 10 second pulsating sound, and finally a five second unmodulated buzz that fades out at the end.

Say's Cicada (Okanagana rimosa) song begins with a 2 second buzz, a half second to one second pause, then a buzz lasting 15 seconds.

Walker’s cicada (Tibicen marginalis) song begins with a 5 second unmodulated buzz, then transitions smoothly into a 20 second pulsating sound, and finally a five second unmodulated buzz that fades out at the end.


Nymph Food

Root juices of pine and oak

 
Adult Food

Adults do not eat. After mating they die.

 
Life Cycle

Males call to females from the tops of trees. After mating the female deposits eggs inside living twigs. When the nymphs hatch they fall to the ground and burrow into the soil. The nymph spends 3 years underground. In the third year it crawls out of the ground and climbs the host tree. Before reaching the top it sheds its outer skin and emerges as an adult.

The population is not developmentally synchronized. Some adults emerge every summer.

 
Behavior

 


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Comments

The common name dog day cicada is applied to many species of late season cicadas.

Cicadas whose population is not developmentally synchronized are referred to as annual cicadas.


Taxonomy

Order:

Hemiptera (true bugs, cicadas, hoppers, aphids and allies)

 

No Rank:

Euhemiptera

 

Infraorder:

Clypeorrhyncha (cicadas, leafhoppers, treehoppers, and spittlebugs)

 

Superfamily:

Cicadoidea

 

Family:

Cicadidae (cicadas)

 

Subfamily:

Tibiceninae

 

Tribe:

Tibicenini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

annual cicada

dog day cicada

dogday cicada

dogday harvestfly

harvestfly


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

 

pronotum

The saddle-shaped, exoskeletal plate on the upper side of the first segment in the thorax on an insect.

       

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  Dog-day Cicada (Cicadidae: Tibicen canicularis) Lateral Close-up
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 16, 2011

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (16 August 2011). Thank you to Bill Reynolds (@Bugguide.net) for confirming the identity of this specimen!

 
     
  Dog-day Cicada (Cicadidae: Tibicen canicularis) Dorsal Close-up
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 16, 2011

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (16 August 2011). Thank you to Bill Reynolds (@Bugguide.net) for confirming the identity of this specimen!

 
     
  Tibicen Canicularis Calling II 9-6-2012
Annette DeGiovine-Oliveira
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 22, 2012

Cicada calling at the Bohemia Equestrian Center, Sycamore Avenue, Bohemia, NY 11716

 
     

 

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chasfmn
9/8/2013

Cicada in St Paul West Side

My dog caught one and played with it, did not what it was until he dropped it and was able to see it. I did not know we even had these in our area till seeing this one and had always thought I was hearing tree frogs but could have been the cicada. Sound a lot alike to me. Sent from Samsung tablet


NJ, Spicer, MN
9/2/2013

Greetings,
I was reading about Cicada on your website.  We found a number of Cicada in Spicer, Minnesota this past August.  They were wonderful to listen to the past few weeks.

     
     
 

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