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Superb Cicada, Superb Dog Day Cicada (Tibicen superba)

Order: Homoptera (ho-MOP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Cicadidae
Genus: Tibicen
Species: superba


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Long Beach, Mississippi
Chickasha, Oklahoma
Mcalester, Oklahoma
Minco, Oklahoma
Mustang, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ravia, Oklahoma
Seminole, Oklahoma
Union City, Oklahoma
Aledo, Texas
Cibolo, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Fritch, Texas
Garland, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Whitesboro, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 21, 2009, bt18 from Union City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Tibicen superba, aka (superb) green cicada or superb cicada (often lumped with other cicadas and incorrectly referred to as a locust), is one of the most widespread cicadas in Oklahoma along with the scissor grinder cicada (t. pruinosa). T. superba cicadas are usually the second cicada to emerge in central Oklahoma after the hieroglyphic cicada (Neocicada Hieroglyphica), roughly averaging around June 10th. They are in full swing from about June 20 through July 20.

T. superba is native to much of Oklahoma and Texas. They can also be heard in far southern Kansas, SW Missouri, western parts of Arkansas and Louisiana, and northern Mexico.

The call consists of a short rattle often connected by a very low, barely audible buzz before starting the "rattle" call again.... read more


On Aug 26, 2006, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Superb Cicada, Tibicen superba (aka: Tibicen superbus, Cicada superba), is an annual dog day cicada which emerges every year and has a has a life span of two to four years. It is found in the southwestern United States and is the most commonly found cicada in Central Texas. Its thorax and head are mostly green and it is mid-sized (about Aprox. 45-50mm). It is known as "dog day cicada" because it makes its annual appearance during the dog days of summer when it is very hot and humid. Dog days coincide with the time when Sirius, the Dog Star rises at the same time as the sun.