Dog-day cicada

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Dog-day cicada
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Family: Cicadidae
Genus: Neotibicen
N. canicularis
Binomial name
Neotibicen canicularis
(Harris, 1841)

Tibicen canicularis

Neotibicen canicularis (commonly called the dog-day cicada, dog-day harvestfly, or heatbug) is a species of annual cicada.


Two N. canicularis mating

Neotibicen canicularis is recognizable by being mostly black with green markings on its body. The body size is typically 27–33 millimeters, the wingspan can reach 82 mm.[1] The wings are interlaced with green veins which are especially noticeable near the base.[1] The song of N. canicularis is often described as being a loud, high-pitched whine much like a power saw cutting wood. It lasts for several seconds before fading away at the end of the noise. Its name "dog-day" refers to dog days of summer, due to these insects often being associated with hot, humid, summer days.

Geographical locations[edit]

Common habitats are mixed and deciduous woods in Canada and the Central and Eastern United States.[2] Geographic range includes The Great Plains of Canada and the United States, the Midwestern United States, The Great Lakes region, and New England.



  1. ^ a b "Species Neotibicen canicularis - Dog-day Cicada".
  2. ^ "Insects We See and Hear in the Summer Months".