Walker’s Cicada (Tibicen marginalis)

Song of a Walker’s Cicada (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

insect_musicians_tibic-marg_LE_SLIDEColorful and striking in appearance, the robust and beautiful Walker’s Cicada has green, rufous, and white markings on its head and thorax and blue-green veins at the base of its wings. Fond of bottomland areas near rivers, where males sing from small trees and especially from willows. While it is easy to home in on a singer, he will prove difficult to collect because Walker’s Cicadas are highly alert and agile fliers.

Range Map for Walker’s Cicada

Walker’s Cicada

Song: An extended, dry, rattling trill or drone, with segments of prominent pulsations commonly alternating with segments of smooth trilling. This song is quite unlike the songs of other cicadas found in the same range. Peak frequency is about 6 kHz. Males in earshot of one another sometimes synchronize their singing.
 
Sonogram of a Walker’s Cicada. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Walker’s Cicada

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Meadow Katydids (Tettigoniidae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Saltmarsh Meadow Katydid
Short-winged Meadow Katydid
Slender Meadow Katydid
Woodland Meadow Katydid
Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
Agile Meadow Katydid
Black-legged Meadow Katydid
Common Meadow Katydid
Gladiator Meadow Katydid
Handsome Meadow Katydid
Lesser Pine Meadow Katydid
Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
Red-headed Meadow Katydid
Coneheads (Copiphorinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Round-tipped Conehead
Nebraska Conehead
Robust Conehead
Slightly Musical Conehead
Sword-bearing Conehead
False Robust Conehead
True Katydids (Pseudophyllinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Common True Katydid
False Katydids (Phaneropterinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Clicker Round-winged Katydid
Common Virtuoso Katydid
Rattler Round-winged Katydid
Oblong-winged Katydid
Great Angle-wing
Lesser Angle-wing
Broad-winged Bush Katydid
Curved-tailed Bush Katydid
Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
Northern Bush Katydid
Texas Bush Katydid
Treetop Bush Katydid
Shield-backed Katydids (Tettigoniinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
American Shieldback
Least Shieldback
Protean Shieldback
Robust Shieldback
Roesel’s Katydid

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