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March 21, 2015

Better IDs for E.A. Seguy Cicada Illustrations

Filed under: Identify,Pop Culture — Dan @ 8:30 am

The NCSU Libraries Rare and Unique Digital Collections website recently reminded the us of artist Eugene Alain (E.A.) Seguy’s insect illustrations. Seguy created these illustrations in the 1920’s, and as you might imagine, some of the cicada names cited in the notes for these illustrations have changed. Names typically change when cicadas are reclassified due to discoveries about their biology, or when we realize that someone else had actually named them earlier than the namer currently given credit.

Here are the two illustrations, the accompanying identification, and corrected identifications.

Illustration:

EA Seguy Cicada Art

Accompanying identification:

1. Tacua speciosa. Indes; 2. Polyneura ducalis. Indes Or.; 3. Cicada saccata. Australie; 4. Cicada fascialis. Siam; 5. Tozena melanoptera. Indes Or.

Corrected or expanded identification:

  1. Tacua speciosa. This is correct, although there are two subspecies of T. speciosa, I’m going to guess it is Tacua speciosa speciosa (Illiger, 1800) based on the location.
  2. Polyneura ducalis. This is correct. Polyneura ducalis Westwood, 1840.
  3. Cicada saccata. This is now: Thopha saccata (Fabricius, 1803).
  4. Cicada fascialis. This is now: Cryptotympana facialis facialis (Walker, 1858).
  5. Tozena melanoptera. Close enough. Tosena melanoptera melanoptera (White, 1846). There are a few unnamed subspecies.

Illustration:

EA Seguy Cicada Art

Accompanying identification:

1. Goeana festiva. Indes; 2. Zammara tympanum. Amérique du Sud; 3. Goeana ochracea. Indes; 4. Phenax variegata. Brésil; 5. Hemisciera maculipennis. Amazone

Corrected or expanded identification:

  1. Goeana festiva is actually Callogaeana festiva festiva (Fabricius, 1803).
  2. Zammara tympanum. This is correct. Zammara tympanum (Fabricius, 1803).
  3. Goeana ochracea is way off. It is a Tailanga binghami Distant, 1890.
  4. Phenax variegata is not a cicada, is it a fulgoroid planthopper, but the id is correct.
  5. Hemisciera maculipennis is correct. Hemisciera maculipennis (de Laporte, 1832) aka the “Stop and Go” cicada, because its colors resemble the colors of a stop light.

October 10, 2013

Winter cicada projects

Filed under: Cicada Mania,Identify — Dan @ 6:18 pm

Between now and the spring, I have to spend some time labeling the unlabeled species of cicadas on my site.

Various Tibicen Species

August 10, 2013

New USA Cicada Search

Filed under: Identify — Dan @ 9:29 am

I am revealing my own tool for identifying the cicadas of the United States. It is called the U.S.A. & Canada Cicada SearchBETA. It is far from perfect, but it is useful to me.

This tool works for the United States and Canada as well!

USA and Canada cicadas

I’ll probably launch an international version in the late-fall, depending on how much free time I have. It would be easy to do, but it takes a lot of time, and since sitting in front of a computer for 16 hours a day is about as healthy as smoking 4 packs of cigarettes a day…

July 16, 2013

Help identify these cicadas from India

Filed under: Identify,India,Macrosemia — Dan @ 5:46 am

Raghu Ananth sent us these photos of cicadas from India. If you can identify them, let use know.

UPDATE: David Emery provided use with these ID’s, in Order from Top to Bottom:

Macrosemia umbrata. Platypleura capitata, Platypleura sp and Pomponia linearis.

Click the images for a larger version:

Cicada Found in Arunachal Pradesh, India: Macrosemia umbrata

Cicada Found in Arunachal Pradesh, India by Raghu Ananth

Cicada Found Near Mysore, India: Platypleura capitata

Cicada Found Near Mysore, India by Raghu Ananth

Cicada Found in Kukke Subramanya: Platypleura sp

Cicada Found in Kukke Subramanya, Karnataka, India by Raghu Ananth

Cicada Found in Bhagamandala, Coorg, India: Pomponia linearis

Cicada Found in Bhagamandala, Coorg, India by Raghu Ananth

April 8, 2013

Dear Press/Media/Bloggers: please use the correct cicada images and video

Filed under: Brood II,Identify,Magicicada,Periodical,Video — Dan @ 7:26 pm

If you’re writing an article about the coming emergence of the 17-year periodical cicadas, please use the correct genus & species of cicadas.

The genus of all 17 year cicadas is Magicicada, and they are never green. The three species of 17-year cicadas are M. septendecim, M. cassini, and M. septendecula. They’re all black with orange wings and legs and red eyes (some exceptions, but they’re never green).

Photos:

Magicicada septendecim

Magicicada septendecim Cicada

More photos: A gallery of Magicicada septendecim

17-year cicada video:

We need a CICADA montage! from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

More video:

http://vimeo.com/17507527
http://vimeo.com/17507609
http://vimeo.com/17507846
http://vimeo.com/17507745
http://vimeo.com/8755152

For the sake of cicada correctness, feel free to use them in your article.

Wrong Cicadas:

If the cicada you use in your article is green, it isn’t a 17-year cicada:

The cicada at the top of the Wikipedia page for cicadas is not a 17-year cicada, it’s an annual cicada called Tibicen linnei:

Tibicen linnei

The cicada shedding its skin on a roll of paper towel… that’s not a 17-year cicada either:

Wikipedia

January 20, 2013

Orange-speckled green cicada (Lembeja sp nov)

Filed under: Identify,Indonesia,News — Dan @ 11:45 am

A pretty green speckled cicada from North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

If you can identify the species, let us know.

November 8, 2012

Brazil Cicada Identification Challenge, Part 2

Filed under: Brazil,Identify — Dan @ 9:43 pm

Here is part 2. Jairo of Cigarras do Brasil – Brazilian Cicadas asked for our help to identify some unknown cicada species from Brazil. The following photographs feature cicadas from Brazil we want to identify. We are hoping folks in the cicada research community can help.

Note: All of these cicadas were photographed at Paraibuna, São Paulo. This town is close to the Paraíba Valley (Vale do Paraíba), and to São José dos Campos and Caçapava.

1) Possibly an Ariasa sp. (about 1/2 inch (1,3cm))


Need identification. Possibly an Ariasa sp. (Nov, 2012)

2) Possibly a Quesada sodalis (about 1 1/2 inch (4cm))


Need identification. Possibly a Quesada sodalis. (Nov, 2012)

Unknown Cicada

Cicadas 3, 4 and 5 were identified by David Emery as Fidicinoides picea (Walker, 1850). Learn more about Fidicnoides picea.

3) Identified: Fidicnoides picea.


Need identification. Possibly a Fidicnoides picea. (Nov, 2012)

4) Identified: Fidicnoides picea.


Need identification. Possibly a Fidicnoides picea. (Nov, 2012)

5) Identified: Fidicnoides picea.


Need identification. Possibly a Fidicnoides picea. (Nov, 2012)

Brazil Cicada Identification Challenge, Part 1

Filed under: Brazil,Identify,Sounds,Video — Dan @ 9:19 pm

Jairo of Cigarras do Brasil – Brazilian Cicadas asked for our help to identify some unknown cicada species from Brazil. The following videos feature cicada song belonging to the cicadas we want to identify. We are hoping folks in the cicada research community can help.

Note: All of these cicadas were photographed at Paraibuna, São Paulo. This town is close to the Paraíba Valley (Vale do Paraíba), and to São José dos Campos and Caçapava.

The first cicada Unknown Cicada Song from Brazil sounds like a siren from a science fiction movie:

The second video Unknown cicada song (along with Q. gigas) – Need identification features a Quesada gigas and another cicada. It’s the other cicada we need to identify.

As a reference, here is the song of the Quesada gigas:

View all cicada identification challenges.

October 21, 2012

Things that are not true cicadas

Filed under: Identify,Pop Culture — Dan @ 12:51 pm

Most things in the Universe are not true cicadas. I created a page to point out insects and other animals that people commonly confuse with cicadas, and list people, places and things named “cicada” that clearly are not cicadas. Read more about: These are Not Cicada Insects!

Like this:

Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club

November 7, 2011

Another Brazilian Cicada ID challenge

Filed under: Brazil,Identify — Dan @ 5:23 pm

Jairo from Cigarras do Brasil – Brazilian Cicadas website returns with more cicadas from Brazil for you to identify. Click each photo to arrive at larger versions of the image.

Cicada One

Cicada Three - 5553409171_9879d65083_b

Cicada Two

Cicada Three - 6261346967_fab2a2bf32_b

Cicada Three

Cicada Two - DSC02724

Cicada One - DSC02720

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