Southern Dusky-winged cicada (Neotibicen tibicen australis)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Swamp Cicada (Neotibicen tibicen)

This species is likely Neotibicen tibicen australis which has the common name » “Southern Dusky-winged cicada” or “Southern Swamp Cicada” an annual species. Periodical cicadas do not occur in Florida.

There has been a recent taxonomic change to the Family Cicadidae – Cicadas

Cicadas are seldom of economic importance in Florida. source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in602

On the positive side, it should be noted that cicadas do not bite or sting and harbor no organisms known to be harmful to vertebrates. They provide food for many kinds of wildlife, including birds, small mammals, and other insects. Newly emerged adults are easily caught and have been used for food by humans, either raw or cooked, and are even credited with having saved some family groups from starvation early in the history of North America. ibid.

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in602

Shown on Florida Native Plant: AMERICAN ELDER; ELDERBERRY (Sambucus nigra L. subsp. canadensis)

My take: You say Ci-KAY-da and I say Ci-kAHHH-da

http://web.archive.org/web/20131005185550/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/you-say-ci-kay-da-and-i-say-ci-kahhh-da.html

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