Magicicada (Periodical Cicadas)
These are best known for their 13-year or 17-year life cycles.
There are seven species in the Magicicada genus, but three of the most noteworthy are:
Magicicada septendecim: Emerges every 17 years and is primarily found in the northern part of their range.
Magicicada tredecim: Emerges every 13 years and occupies the southern regions.
Magicicada cassini: Another 17-year cicada, often sharing its range with M. septendecim.
Appearance: Black bodies with red eyes (though some can have blue or white eyes).
Neotibicen (Annual or "Dog Day" Cicadas)
Commonly seen and heard during late summer.
Several species are spread across North America, but some well-known ones include:
Neotibicen tibicen: Found widely across the eastern U.S.
Neotibicen pruinosus: Recognizable by its size and song.
Neotibicen canicularis (Northern Dog Day Cicada): Common in the northern U.S. and Canada.
Appearance: Generally larger than periodical cicadas, with green, black, and brown coloring, and often transparent wings.
Diceroprocta apache (Western Cicada)
Commonly found in the southwestern U.S.
Known for its loud and distinctive song.
Appearance: Greenish-black with partly transparent wings.
Commonly found in the western U.S.
Different from other cicadas due to their silent nature; they don’t produce the typical cicada song.
Appearance: Varies by species, but many have a muted, camouflaged coloration to blend into their surroundings.