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Cicada Mania

Dedicated to cicadas, the most amazing insects in the world.

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Cicadas of New Zealand guidebook

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 16:15:52 +0000

There’s a new guidebook out for the cicadas of New Zealand. The book was produced by 10-year-old Olly Hills — proof that there are few age barriers to scientific interest and research. Website for the book. Facebook page for the book. Credit: This field guide to NZ cicada species was written by a ten-year-old. It’s […]

New paper: Massospora cicadina) hijacks the sexual signals of periodical cicadas

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:09:22 +0000

A new paper, A specialized fungal parasite (Massospora cicadina) hijacks the sexual signals of periodical cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Magicicada), has been published by John R. Cooley, David C. Marshall & Kathy B. R. Hill, in Scientific Reports 8, Article number: 1432 (2018). Read the paper online. In a nutshell: the fungus infects males and causes […]

Brood VII, the Onondaga Brood, Will Emerge in New York State in 2018

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:01:10 +0000

Periodical cicadas (Magicicada septendecim, people call them “locusts”) will emerge in the Finger Lakes area of New York state in 2018. This group of cicadas is called Brood VII (7) and is known as the Onondaga Brood. This brood is shrinking, and will likely be the next periodical cicada brood to go extinct Here’s an […]

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 sightings to The Great Cicada Blitz (Sydney, AUS). I’ll list reports of cicadas as I see them on social media: January 19, 2018: Creaking Branch Cicada (Auscala spinosa). Gemma Edwards found one in Bendigo, Victoria, outside of […]

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, […]