Dog Day Cicada, Chicharra (Tibicen canicularis)

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


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Ashville, Alabama
Toney, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Marion, Arkansas
Lutz, Florida
Cary, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Rossville, Indiana
Parsons, Kansas
Ewing, Kentucky
Spring Park, Minnesota
Red Bank, New Jersey
Buffalo, New York
Colden, New York
Lockport, New York
Mahopac, New York
Bucyrus, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Pascoag, Rhode Island
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Richmond, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Onancock, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Aug 21, 2014, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Commonly known as dog day cicadas as they are usually seen in the dog days (late) summer. I am always startled by the exoskeletons but it appears they don't do too much damage.


On Jul 26, 2012, Crit from Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

We seem to be over run with these cicada's this year. I find their skins and dying ones all over the place. Our yard is full of little holes that I don't know if it is from them digging into or out of. I wondered if anyone else was experiencing this and knew why it was happening this summer. Thanks!


On Jul 25, 2007, pford1854 from Somerset, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

The Tibicen is the genus of annual cicada most people are familiar with.

They emerge every summer. They do not emerge in broods.
They emerge in small numbers (small relative to periodical cicadas).
They are timid and elusive compared to periodical cicadas.
Most are physically larger than periodical cicadas.
They are well camouflaged: their colors and patterns of colors help to hide them in their surroundings. They look like little military vehicles, IMHO.
Colloquial names for Tibicens: August Dry Birds, Dog Day cicadas, Harvest Flies, Jar Flies, Bush Cicada (Tibicen dorsata)