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  • Bush Cicada - (Tibicen dorsata)

    Bush Cicada - (Tibicen dorsata)

    The flashy coloring and huge size of the Bush Cicada is matched in remarkability by the deafening chorus created every summer.

    Staff Writer (8/24/2017): Bush Cicadas are also known as Grand Western Cicadas. They are generally found in central plains states and the Southwest near deciduous forests. These large, flying insects are harmless to people. Adults do not feed; instead they focus all their remaining energy on reproduction. They can be found in trees, on bushes, or clinging to blades of grass while calling out to others. This annual cicada forms huge populations that can be heard all summer long.

    The males call to females in a loud buzzing drone that gradually tapers off, only to start up again a few moments later. Larval Bush Cicadas will feed on the juices of tree roots. They will molt into winged adults, leaving behind crunchy brown 'shells' of their previous body that can be found clinging to tree trunks, fences, and window screens. These 'shells' so closely resemble the living insect, they are often mistaken for dead ones.

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    Bush Cicada

    Category: Cicada and Planthopper
    Common name: Bush Cicada
    Scientific Name: Tibicen dorsata
    Other Names: Grand Western Cicada, Harvestfly

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Cicadidae
           Genus: Tibicen
            Species: dorsata

    Size (Adult, Length): 35mm to 57mm (1.38in to 2.24in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow, brown, white, gold, black

    Additional Descriptors: flying, buzzing, multicolored, gold,

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Mexico; North Dakota; Oklahoma; South Dakota; Texas; Wyoming; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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