There are two major groups of Cicada. The long cycle or Magicicada and the shorter cycled species, the so called Dog Day cicadas in Neotibicen (or some recently transferred to Megacicada from Tibicen and they are still debating apparently), Okanagan and Neocicada which can have cycles as short as four years and emerge every year in overlap. There are 137? species in all groups in North America. All are capable of sometimes impressive sounds. The massive hatches of 17 year cicada can be one of the most overwhelming sounds in nature. I heard the 13 year hatch in 2002 (Brood XXIII) and was amazed. (See essay added from Snowmelt Timberdoodles.) Astounding event in the full measure.

I love the blue tones here in the fresh wing veins above. This emerged not long before I found it. There was another on the same limb. It is one of the short cycled species but too young to tell species.

For other information also see the excellent Periodical Cicada Page. Or Cicada Mania. Link to the Texas list and some info here. And the Singing Insects pages. See also this extensive pdf paper from 2013.

Our Neotibicen and Neocicada singers are:

   (Mega)tibicen auletes (Northern Dusk-singing Cicada) (entire state) song song

   Neotibicen auriferus (Plains Dog-day Cicada) (western half of state) song

   Neotibicen canicularis (Dog-day Cicada) (very northern counties only) song

   Neotibicen davisi hardeni (Davis's Southeastern Dog-day Cicada) (one county south central) song

   (Mega)tibicen dorsatus (Bush or Grand Western Cicada) (northwestern counties) song

   (Mega)tibicen figuratus (Fall Southeastern Dusk-singing Cicada) (southern third of state) song

   Neotibicen linnei (Linne's Cicada) (northwestern half of the state) song

   Neotibicen lyricen lyricen (Lyric Cicada) (entire state) song song

   Neotibicen pronotalis walkeri (Walker's Cicada) (probably entire state) song

   Neotibicen pruinosus pruinosus  (Scissor-grinder Cicada) (entire state) song song

   Neotibicen winnemanna (Eastern Scissor-grinder Cicada) song

   (Mega)tibicen resh (Resh Cicada) (probably entire state) song

   Neotibicen robinsonianus (Robinson's Cicada) (small north central area in AR) song image song

   Neotibicen superbus (Superb Dog-day Cicada) (northwestern half of the state) song

   Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (Swamp Cicada) (entire state) song

   Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica   (Hieroglyphic Cicada) (entire state) song

And other genera:

   Dicerprocta vitripennis (Green-winged Cicada) (entire state) song

   Dicerprocta bequaerti (single NW county)

   Beameria venosa (single county in the SW)

   Cicadetta calliope calliope (Southern Grass Cicada) (probably entire state) song

   Okanagana viridis (Cotton Green Cicada) (south and southeast) song

And our Magicicada cyclic broods:

   Brood XIX (13 year) emergence map upcoming years 2011 and 2024

   Brood XXIII (13 year) emergence map upcoming years 2015 and 2028

   Brood IV (17 year) emergence map (Our only 17 year Magicicada and it barely encroaches in NW and SW corners of AR) upcoming years are 2015 and 2032


The XIX brood of 17 year cicadas from 2011 of Magicicada. Norm shot this in north Central Arkansas. Brood spares most of South Arkansas but is extensive in Missouri and Illinois areas. Also into Oklahoma. Large map (see link above). The broods are actually made up of four different species with most areas having three species at least. M. tredecim, M. neotredecim, M. tredecassini and M. tredecula. The vocalizations are different for each species. The species neotredecim and tredecim being the ones that give the flying saucer sound in dense chorus.

The 13 year brood from 2015. Same brood (XXIII) as the one in the essay from 2002. I went back to Lorance in late May and the sound was just beginning to build I believe. This one was soft winged but fully emerged. Supposedly takes 4 to 6 days to fully harden before adult behavior begins. Also some of the 17 year species and 13 year are visually identical and differ only in voice and periodicity. Science guys argue over whether this is enough to separate them.
There were many failures on the tree trunks in 2015. I could not tell if this was a goner or not. No ants attended it. They are usually emerged by sunrise so I fear the worst. Eyes are still red. Most fatalities I saw had rapid clouding of the eyes after death.
This one did not make it but created a sculpture in death that was hard to look away from.

The largest Tibicen in our area is T. auletes. Known as the Northern Dusk-singing (see above). Also seems to be the dominant singer in my woods, at least in July. Started singing in the last week of May in 2011. Several species have the greening at the wing base and auletes is known for the cottony dust up over the body that is very variable apparently.

Known as the Hieroglyphic, it is in the separate genus from our other loud summer cicada singers. Smaller overall, I don't think any of the Tibicen species have the terminal dot row on the veins of the forewing. Generally greener and the marks on the head and thorax, though variable are distinctive.

Head detail on a different Neo lured to my lights. Compare with above. Slightly less green. Contrasting eyes are quite darker than most of the Tibicen.


A free living Hieroglyphic at Bell on a day when they were calling everywhere in June. Some of them were very small. Perhaps they get greener as they get older.

This shot is from the Terre Noir prairie area from Cheryl and this is an obligate prairie species that I doubt occurs anywhere but our few prairie remnants. Apparently only recently found in Missouri. Not sure the AR Heritage guys know this is there. It is Beameria venosa. (Song) It is the smallest cicada in our area by far. Looks like a big leafhopper at less than an inch long. I don't have its song evident anywhere on the web. All the other species above are eliminated by size alone.