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Cicada Mania

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New paper about Brood XXII Magicicadas

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 20:21:34 +0000

There is a new paper out about Brood XXII, titled Evolution and Geographic Extent of a Surprising Northern Disjunct Population of 13-Year Cicada Brood XXII (Hemiptera: Cicadidae, Magicicada). I helped with the field work for this paper, traveling through Ohio and Kentucky with Roy Troutman, recording the locations of periodical cicadas. Brood XXII, a brood […]

Looking forward to 2018

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:08:43 +0000

At the start of 2018 Australia has been having an awesome cicada season, which should continue through to March, depending on the species and part of the country. The best months of the cicada season in New Zealand are December – April. Throughout the world, annual cicada emergences will follow their usual cycles. Periodical Cicada […]

Australian Cicada Names 🇦🇺

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:01:45 +0000

It’s that time again: time for cicadas in Australia (2017-2018)! Are you in the Sydney area? Report cicada signtings to The Great Cicada Blitz (Sydney, AUS). I’ll list reports of cicadas as I see them on social media: December 18, 2017: Razor Grinders (Aleeta curvicosta) and Redeye cicadas (Psaltoda moerens), reported by Mike Young on […]

Cicada Papers of 2017

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 03:57:51 +0000

At almost 40 papers were published in 2017 about cicadas (maybe more)! If I had the time, I’d write a post about each one. Here’s the list of papers I know about, including links to the papers. See the paper for authors and journal. Acoustic repertoire of the singing cicada Cicadetta cantilatrix Sueur et Puissant, […]

Four new species of Semia from Vietnam

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:41:43 +0000

Four new species of Semia cicadas living in Vietnam were described in 2017: Semia magna, Semia spiritus, Semia pallida, and Semia albusequi. Here’s the details on the paper: Title: Descriptions of four new species of Semia Matsumura (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Psithyristriini) from Vietnam, with a key to the species of Semia Authors: David Emery, Young June […]

The World Cup Cicada, Chremistica ribhoi

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:01:02 +0000

Update: a reminder that the World Cup Cicada will be back in 2018 (as will the World Cup)! Chremistica ribhoi Hajong and Yaakop 2013 is a cicada that lives in the Ri-Boi district of India. C. ribhoi is known as the World Cup cicada because it emerges every four years in synch with the World […]

A 3-Year Survey of Oklahoma’s 41 Cicadas

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 17:16:12 +0000

Cicada researcher Robert L. Sanders has written a paper documenting a 3-Year survey of Oklahoma cicadas. The paper is appropriately titled “A 3-Year Survey of Oklahoma Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae) with New State Records” and was published in Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 89(4):315-337. Access it via this link. The number of cicadas identified […]

A new paper about Kikihia hybridization

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 17:59:08 +0000

There’s a new paper from Sarah E. Banker, Elizabeth J. Wade, and Chris Simon titled “The confounding effects of hybridization on phylogenetic estimation in the New Zealand cicada genus Kikihia”. Here’s the highlights: Tested validity of an unexpected “Westlandica” mitochondrial clade with nuclear loci. Phylogenetic signal and pattern differ dramatically among nuclear genes but always […]

New paper: thermal adaptation in North American cicadas

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 17:42:33 +0000

Temperature plays an important part in much of cicada behavior, such as determining when they emerge from the ground, and when they are active above ground. There’s a new paper out from Allen F.Sanborn, James E.Heath, Maxine S.Heath and Polly K.Phillips titled “Thermal adaptation in North American cicadas”. Here’s the highlights: Thermal responses are related […]

Fiji 8-year periodical Nanai aka Raiateana knowlesi 🇫🇯

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 08:25:08 +0000

Update (11/4/2017): from Facebook, it looks like folks are finding them. Here’s an image. Update (9/13/2017): the Nanai have begun to emerge! This cicada last emerged in 2009 in Nadroga-Navosa and Serua Provinces, and now again emerge in 2017. People in Fuji will be able to report sightings to Notes from Chris Simon: Early […]