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November 8, 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

June 11, 2010

Can you ID this cicada from Malaysia

Filed under: Identify — Dan @ 11:25 am

Big cicada – close-up, originally uploaded by Jellyfish57.

Sophie too this photo of a cicada in Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia. Can you ID it? I’m going to take a look at my books this weekend.

August 24, 2009

Can you help identify this Australian cicada (Pauropsalta mneme)?

Filed under: Australia,Identify,Pauropsalta — Dan @ 6:12 pm

Can you identify this Australian cicada??? The photo was take by Elizabeth Barnett.


Hi, I wondered whether you can help me identify a cicada we saw at Hall’s Gap (Midwest Victoria, Australia) in January this year? It had a limited tolerance for being photographed and took off asap. From memory its call was a sort of short “eck! eck!” rather than the continuous shrill you get from a greengrocer. There were heaps of them calling but this was the only one we saw. I’d estimate it was about half the size of a greengrocer.

I asked David Emery, and he said:

Looks pretty close to Pauropsalta mneme (Alarm clock ticker) with the orange belly and wing infuscations and is in the right place! Heard the first C.celis around Sydney last week, but very dry at present.

After a Google search for Pauropsalta mneme I’d say David was correct.

The Pauropsalta mneme can be found in south-eastern NSW, Victoria, and a small pocket in South Australia, from late September to early January. (Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990, p. 131.)

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