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Annual cicadas (dogday cicadas)

Tibicen spp.

Dan Mullen

Aster leafhopper

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota


Size: 1 - 1 1/2 inches long

Description: A stout insect with a green or brown body with black markings. They have clear wings and the first pair is much longer than their abdomen which they hold tent-like over their bodies. Produce a power line like sound.

Where/When: Found in urban and rural areas wherever hardwood trees are present. Active July through September.

Significance: The humming sound they produce can be a curiosity. They do not harm trees or other plants.

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