Subject: Neotibicen superbus
Location: Upper Texas Coast
July 4, 2017 11:34 pm
I found this superb dog-day cicada, Neotibicen superbus, lying in the street a week or two ago. While it is sadly deceased, I sent it in anyway because you do not seem to have another picture of the species aside from a blurry one from some years ago.
The cicada provided a meal for some ants, one of which is visible near the wing.
Thanks so much for sending in your image of a Superb Dog Day Cicada. According to BugGuide: “This is the ‘greenest’ member of the Genus Tibicen and characteristically distinct. The abdomen and the outer margins of the wings are usually strongly yellowish-tan in color while the remainder of the insect is a bright lime green with reduced black patterning as compared with related species.” BugGuide also notes it is “distinct in appearance and rarely if ever confused with other Tibicen spp.”