Swamp Cicada (Neotibicen Tibicen)

Nothing says “Summer is here!” like the mating songs of adult cicadas.

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Adult Swamp Cicada

Cicadas can be divided into three major life-cycle categories: annual, periodical, and proto-periodical.  Swamp cicadas are an annual cicada. Every year they emerge from underground as nymphs and molt their exo-skeleton to become adults.

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Swamp Cicada Molted Exo-Skeleton

After their bodies and wings harden post-molt the adults mate and die.

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Adult Swamp Cicada (front view)

 

A great online resource for cicadas is CicadaMania.com

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