Location: Burns Flat, OK
August 8, 2016 3:26 pm
Could you help identify this bug?
Signature: Melissa Niavez
You are correct that this is a Cicada, and we believe based on this BugGuide image, it is a Northern Dusk Singing Cicada, Neotibicen auletes. According to BugGuide it: “is our LARGEST EASTERN Tibicen SPECIES.” It is described on BugGuide as: “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 … 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. “