Generally similar to M. septendecim and M. neotredecim in appearance and behavior, but with lower pitched songs and lacking dark bands on underside of abdomen. Underside of abdomen varies from light orange to caramel color; sometimes light color extends up sides of abdomen above spiracles. Bar is approximately 1 cm. Where M. tredecim is in contact with M. neotredecim, M. neotredecim exhibits a striking pattern of reproductive character displacement in male call pitch and female pitch preference. See the M. neotredecim page for more information.
Magicicada tredecim songs:
Courtship I/ Calling song
Courtship II song
Courtship III song
In the map below, cicada symbols are verified records in our database as of February 2021. This map may not be reproduced without written permission.
Marlatt, C. L. 1923. The Periodical Cicada. United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology Bulletin 71:1-183.