The Coastal Lyric Cicada, 15 July 2013

Neotibicen lyricen virescens, the Coastal lyric cicada;
Lowndes county, Georgia (15 July 2013).

Though I still have heaps of cicada photographs waiting in the wings (see what I did there?), we’ll wrap up this little run of cicada posts with one of my favorite individuals. This is a remarkably bold and brilliantly beautiful Coastal lyric cicada, Neotibicen lyricen virescens, photographed in my Valdosta, Georgia, backyard back during July of 2013.

I wish I’d taken better pictures of this cicada’s dorsal patterns and coloring. The figure-ground contrast of its greens, browns, and blacks were truly breathtaking. Whereas some annual cicada species in the American southeast can be somewhat drab in their adult coloration, the Coastal lyric cicada can most certainly an exception. This one was certainly a winner. I could get lost in the brilliance of those contrasting colors and patterns!

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