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dog day cicada. Sometimes called jar flies or confused with locusts, there are about 2,500 different species of these buggers.reference 1 Forget the scientific jargon, what is relevant here is that during hot weather in the northern hemisphereduring the dog days of summerthey, the cicadas, tend to be noisy. It seems as if, the hotter it is, the noisier they are. So it is not surprising that some of these cicadae became associated with the dog days and the name stuck, as names can.

And here is the nitty gritty:

Common Name: Dog-day cicada
Scientific Name: Tibicen spp.
Order: Homoptera

Description: Adults vary in size and color according to species. All have prominent bulging eyes and semi-transparent wings held roof-like over their large bodies.  The larger species are about 1-5/8 inch long and 1/2-inch wide with brown or green, black and white body markings.reference 2

1. Wikipedia contributors. 2006. Cicada. Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Accessed Dec 16 2009 from http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Cicada.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Dog-Day Cicada. 2009. AgriLife Extension. Texas A&M. Accessed Dec 16 2009 from http://insects.tamu.edu/ fieldguide/ aimg82.html.

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About the illustration: Figure 1 is a Tibicen dog day cicada flapping its wings and making a racket. Photograph by Jennifer Jones Novara; licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0

Figure 2: And let's be honest, even those of us intimately familiar with the sound of cicadas have rarely if ever seen one. The true illustration of a cicada is the sound, such as the one playing in the background on this page. That is the Tibicen linnei cicada of Michigan.reference 3

3. Cooley, John, David Marshall, and Mark O'Brien. 2009. Cicadas of Michigan. University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. University of Michigan. Accessed Dec 18 2009 from http:// insects.ummz.lsa. umich.edu /fauna/ michigan_cicadas/ michigan/ Index.html.
see also: dog days of summer; dog star Last updated: December 18, 2009
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