Here’s the song of a cicada belonging to the Dundubia genus recorded by Santisuk Vibul in Bangkok, Thailand.
April 20, 2014
April 19, 2014
Chremistica ribhoi Hajong and Yaakop 2013 is a cicada that lives in the Ri-Boi district of India. C. ribhoi is known as the World Cup cicada because it emerges every four years in synch with the World Cup association football (soccer) tournament.
C. ribhoi is known locally as Niangtasar. It only lives in a very small area: Saiden village (N 25’51’37.1’’; E 091’51’16.3”) and Lailad (N 25’55’09.7” E 091’46’25.0”) situated on the northern part of the state of Meghalaya. The cicada can be identified by the presence of two white spots on either side of the anterior abdominal segment.
Researcher Sudhanya Hajong is gearing up to study these cicadas, since this is the year they will emerge. Ri-Boi area locals use these cicadas as a food source and fish bait. These cicadas are threatened by deforestation (cutting down forests for agricultural purposes). Sudhanya plans to educate locals about conserving them and protecting their habitat.
Most of the facts in the post come from the following document: Hajong, S.R. 2013. Mass emergence of a cicada (homoptera: cicadidae) and its capture methods and consumption by villagers in ri-bhoi district of Meghalaya. Department of Zoology, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong – 793 022, Meghalaya, India.
Thanks to Chris Simon of The Simon Lab at UCONN for providing the information that made this post possible.
Note: the image in this article is not an accurate depiction of C. ribhoi. :)
March 29, 2014
Australian Cicadas by M.S. Moulds was first published in 1990 by the New South Wales University Press. It is the best reference for Australian cicadas that I’ve found, and I use it at least once a week.
The book covers common names of cicada, life history, predators & parasites, distribution, anatomy, sound production & reception, and classification. The book also features an extensive catalog of Australian cicadas including photos, maps and descriptions of their behavior.
I found my copy used. It was expensive, but well worth the price.
March 25, 2014
Every now and then I treat myself to a cicada book from Japan. Cicadas are called semi in Japan, which seems to be spelled セミ or 蝉. Enter セミ or 蝉 into the Amazon.co.jp search box and you’ll find a bunch of cicada books (amongst other things).
セミ観察記 (写真絵本 ぼくの庭にきた虫たち):
This book features huge photos of cicadas through all phases of their lives. It also features diagrams of their lifecycle and underground tunnels.
Only the first eleven pages of this book are about cicadas, but they are excellent, featuring large photos of common cicadas. The book features two pages that match nymph exoskeletons to adult cicadas.
This book also features many large photos of cicadas throughout their life cycle. The photos of eggs and first instar nymphs are particularly nice.
Note that these books are not written in English.
January 19, 2014
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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January 12, 2014
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.
January 8, 2014
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.
December 24, 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:
December 22, 2013
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:
Tom Katzoulopolopolopolus found this amazingly yellow C. australasiae aka "Yellow Monday" in Galston, NSW, Australia. pic.twitter.com/IOWgKvworD
— Cicada Mania (@cicadamania) November 27, 2013
Double Drummers, like:
— georgie (@GEORGIE132) November 15, 2013
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.