It looks like a new sub-tribe, genus and species of cicada has been identified by Michel Boulard and Stéphane Puissant. Cicadmalleus micheli. The cicada has a head that looks like the head of a hammerhead shark! Cicadmalleus means “cicada hammer”, and micheli refers to Bruno Michel who found the cicada (thanks David Emery).
I heard the cicada was discovered in Thailand, which makes sense because that is where Michael Boulard does most of his research.
This is a photo of one of my displays at home. Some of the specimens aren’t in the best shape, but it is good enough to distinguish the species.
Angamiana floridula, Becquartina electa, Gaeana cheni, Gaeana festiva, Platypleura mira, Tacua speciosa, Tosena albata, Tosena melanoptera, Tosena paviei, and Trengganua sibylla are featured in the image.
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A co-worker went to France, and brought me back some cicada souvenirs! Cicada salt & pepper shakers, and a refrigerator magnet!
They love cicadas in France.
A few weeks ago someone asked me what species of cicada the Cicada 3301 logo represented. At the time I did not know what Cicada 3301 was. Later on I learned that Cicada 3301 is some kind of international organization that uses puzzles to recruit people who are really good at figuring out puzzles … or something like that. This sounds very interesting, and it might be something I would be into if I had more free time.
Here is the 3301 logo (which is presumably copyrighted by the Cicada 3301 organization):
The logo appears to be a photo of a cicada processed with an emboss filter. (I’ve seen other versions of the logo, which look like the embossed logo run through an ASCII filter that makes it look like the green alphanums on a black background like the Matrix or the Homebrew setting for Terminal windows on the Mac.)
The interesting thing about the 3301 logo is that the cicada appears to be a collage. The veins of the right hind wing are different than the left hind wing. Either the wing was taken from a different species, or the lines that appear in the anal lobe were cloned/copied to cover the entire hind wing.
Interesting. When I have more time I’ll try to ID the actually cicada — or at least the primary species the image was made from.
I wonder what 3301 stands for? Entomologists Enjoy Only Insects?
David Emery is an Aussie cicada expert. His image of 10 common Aussie cicadas is an excellent visual guide to cicadas found in Australia.
Also, check out L. Popple’s Australian cicadas: The cicadas of central eastern Australia for dozens more, including sound files as well as images.
And, here’s more images of Aussie cicadas and their interesting names.
Although I should post everything on CicadaMania.com that I post on Facebook and Twitter, sometimes a few items fall through the cracks. Here are my top 10 cicada related tweets of 2013:
Kees Green sent us many photos of cicadas taken in Australia.
Here is a sample:
A Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) nymph:
An unidentified Pauropsalta sp.:
A Thopha sessilibia:
See all of Kees’ photos, including a Tamasa tristigma and an aggregation of Macrotristria goding.
A news story came out in November reporting that M. cassini appeared in areas of Connecticut where they were not expected during the Brood II emergence this year. This must have been a 2013 highlight for cicada researchers in the Connecticut area.
There were plenty of cicada sightings in Australia this November, like…
This Masked Devil (Cyclochila australasiae), photo taken by Kipp Droby.
A Cyclochia australiasiae with a “bitza” (little bit of everything) paint job — part Yellow Monday; part Masked Devil, by photographer Alan Davison.
A Green Grocer with many shades to green, by a photographer named Howard.
A nice blog post about Australian cicadas, by the Barnade Goose Paperworks.
A chilling video of a moulting cicada being attacked by ants.
A Redeye Cicada (Psaltoda moerens), photo taken by Michael Doe.
This banana-yellow Yellow Monday:
Double Drummers, like:
Or a Double Drummer and Razor Grinder:
Or this pair of Urabunana marshalli found south of Coolah, NSW by David Emery:
This is a wonderful macro photo of a Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta) from Australia. Thanks to Cameron for posting this photo on our Facebook page.