Dogday Harvestfly

Tibicen canicularis

Family: Cicadidae

This cicada was found in front of our home (Bloomington, IN) lying dead one hot summer day. So while shooting a picture of it, we noticed it was our most patient model, ever. We think the eyes of alive cicadas (of this kind, Tibicen canicularis) are greenish, and the green on their body is brighter, too. Adults (like this one) do not eat anything! Only their larvae suck the juices of tree roots, particularly pine trees. Adults make a powerful sound like an electric saw cutting through wood, which fades within 10-20 seconds, and starts again after a few seconds of silence.

Family Cicadidae
Superfamily Cicadoidea
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha
Order Homoptera
Superorder Hemipteroids
Subclass Neoptera
Class Insecta
Subphylum Uniramia
Phylum Arthropoda
Kingdom Animalia
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