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January 19, 2014

A visual comparison of some cicadas of Southeast Asia

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.

Cicadas of South East Asia

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2 Comments »

  1. Great photo. I first learned of cicadas when studying Chinese herbal medicine Made some cicado casting tea for the HS “Earth Day” never thought anyone would drink it! But the kids kept coming back for more- saying it helpedtheir coughs!
    Amazing creatures!

    Comment by Eileen Gunning — January 19, 2014 @ 6:31 pm

  2. The anti-febrile activity of cicada exuviae may be due to cystine proteases that upcouple the shell down the back and remain dried on the shell. Parasitic worms use the same trick after ingestion with grass in cattle and sheep to “exsheath” their protective coats once inside the animal.

    Comment by david emery — February 16, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

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