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Identification of brood X Cicadas

There are 3 species of the 17 year periodic Cicada in the Brood X
All three species are in the genus  Magicicada  . I have been able to identify males and females of the two commoner of the species:  M. cassini cassini   and  M. septendecim  .
Side view of a Magicicada septendecim female showing red spot in front of wing base
Ventral view of a Magicicda septendecim female showing striped abdomen and ovipositor

A female  Magicicada septendecim  . The upper picture shows the distinctive red spot between the eye and the wing base. The lower image shows the stripes on the abdomen and the position of the ovipositor. This is the largest of the three species.
Side view of a Magicicda septendecim male showing large abdomen and red stripes on lower abdomen.

This picture shows the larger abdomen of a male   Magicicda septendecim   and the stripes on the lower portion of the abdomen. This male was singing and had is abdomen inflated.
Ventral view of a Magicicda cassini female showing red spot in front of wing base

Ventral view of a female   M. cassini cassini   showing the all black color of the underside and the ovipositor.

side view of Magicicada cassini

  Magicicada cassini   from the side.

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