Annual cicada

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Annual cicadas are Cicadidae species that appear every summer. The lifecycle of the so-called annual cicada typically spans 2 to 5 years; they are "annual" only in the sense that members of the species reappear annually. The name is used to distinguish them from periodical cicada species, which are developmentally synchronized and appear in great swarms every 13 or 17 years.[1]

Species called "annual cicada" include members of the genus Tibicen ("dog-day cicadas"), Diceroprocta,[2] Neocicada,[3] and Okanagana.[4]


  1. ^ "Cicada Central". University of Connecticut. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Diceroprocta vitripennis
  3. ^ Cicadamania: "Hot weather means cicadas emerge sooner"
  4. ^ "Periodical Cicada Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. To learn about some of the common annual cicada species of eastern North America (including the genera Tibicen, Diceroprocta, and Okanagana), and to hear their songs, see our Michigan Cicadas Page.