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Bush Cicada (Tibicen dorsata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Bush Cicada.


 Updated: 2/13/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



  Bush Cicada  
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The flashy coloring and huge size of Bush Cicadas are overshadowed only by the deafening chorus they create every summer.





Bush Cicadas are also known as Grand Western Cicadas. They are generally found in states that make up the Central Plains and the Southwest. These large, flying insects are harmless to people. Wings are golden yellow and long. The head and body are brown and golden yellow. The thorax has a yellow 'W' on the top of it and white diagonal lines along the side. White spots run down the 'spine' and side edges of the abdomen. Eyes are large and spaced far apart. Strong legs are brown with a remarkable ability to cling to things. Adults do not feed; instead they focus all their remaining energy on reproduction. They can be found in trees, on bushes, or clutching blades of grass while calling out to others. This species of 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. After mating, females lay fertilized eggs on leaves that eventually fall to the ground. Larval Bush Cicadas dig underground after hatching and feed on the juices of tree roots. They molt into winged adults, leaving behind crunchy brown 'shells' of their previous bodies 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.
Basic Information
Common Name: Bush Cicada
Other Name(s): Grand Western Cicada, Harvestfly
Scientific Name: Tibicen dorsata
Category: Cicada and Planthopper


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 35mm to 57mm (1.37in to 2.22in)
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Identifying Colors: yellow, brown, white, gold, black
Additional Descriptors: flying, buzzing, multicolored, gold,




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




Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Bush Cicada may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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