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November 11, 2012

Researching Cicadas in the Neotropic ecozone

If you’re researching Cicadas in the Neotropic ecozone, which is Central and South America, here are some resources that will help you:

1) Follow Andreas Kay’s Flickr feed. He posts many excellent cicada photos from Ecuador. Many cicadas found in Equador are not endemic, so the cicadas you see in Andreas’ Flickr feed should be found in adjacent countries.

2) Visit Cigarras do Brasil – Brazilian Cicadas for photos and information about the cicadas of Brazil.

3) Read: Jacobi (1907) “Homoptera Andina”. (Not sure where to find it – maybe ebay).

4) Read: Insecta. Rhynchota. Hemiptera-Homoptera. Volume I (1881-1905) by W. L. Distant and W. W. Fowler. It is available online. Here is a sample from that book:

Insecta. Rhynchota. Hemiptera-Homoptera. Volume I (1881-1905) by W. L. Distant and W. W. Fowler

5) Search for papers written by Allen F. Sanborn. Here is how to search for cicada research papers online.

6) Use ITIS to traverse cicada species names and get listings of papers about the cicada — then search for the cicada names and papers.

Thanks again to David Emery!

November 8, 2012

Brazil Cicada Identification Challenge, Part 2

Filed under: Brazil,Identify — by @ 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 — by @ 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.

November 7, 2011

Another Brazilian Cicada ID challenge

Filed under: Brazil,Identify — by @ 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

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Cicada Two

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Cicada Three

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Cicada One - DSC02720

March 10, 2011

More Cicadas from Brazil to ID

Filed under: Brazil,Video — by @ 10:37 am

A few more mystery cicadas from Jairo from the Cigarras do Brasil – Brazilian Cicadas website. These cicadas are from Brazil. This time with videos featuring their song.

Cicada A:

“Now i’m sending you a video of a strange cicada song, very highly pitched, and two blurry photos of it. Sorry i couldn’t take better pictures (they’re very small and hard to catch), but i hope it can help you.
As far as i could see, this cicada seems to belong to the genus Taphura. I saw some cicadas of this genus and it really loks like them (if only the pictures showed that…). They have a green head and mesonotum, but the abdomen has a different color, probably beige or brown. Their belly seem to be white, with beige legs. Their song starts with clicks from a male, then another male responds to it, and then all males in the place sing together a very fast buzz. Probably i recorded here their “alarm call”, to warn the others about the presence of a stranger, ’cause their song was very erratic.”

Image of this cicada #1 and image of this cicada #2.

Cicada B:

“This one really gets me intrigued! Never saw the cicada (that’s why i don’t have pics), but i’ve heard it a lot! Very low sound, this song is a succession of short calls (ki-ki-ki-ki). Males singing together seem to be duelling. All i can say is it seems to be from genus Dorisiana, but without pictures i cannot prove this.
This one is really a challenge.”

Cicada C:

“I made this recording in October 5th 2010 (spring), and you can hear the second part of a cicada song (i couldn’t record the first part). The song starts with a slow sequence of short calls (ki-ki-ki), and then it accelerates and becomes a fast sequence of zizizi sounds. People will say that it sounds like Fidicina mannifera or F. torresi, but i know these two species enough to say that it wasn’t any of them, along with the fact that they don’t sing in trees as high as the one in the footage. Could it be Majeorona aper??? They appear in springtime, and i don’t know their song!”

March 9, 2011

Help identify these Cicadas from Brazil

Filed under: Brazil — by @ 5:51 pm

Jairo from the very cool Cigarras do Brasil – Brazilian Cicadas website asked us to help identify five cicadas from Brazil. I’ve uploaded the images to a gallery.

Updated on 3/19 with new images.

If you can ID any of them, let us know in the Comments.

Image 1:
002: Green cicada with size about 1,5cm, probably genus Carineta. No song recorded

“002: Green cicada with size about 1,5cm, probably genus Carineta. No song recorded:”

Larger version of the image.

New image

“people said this is not Carineta (even if it seems to be it for me), so i’m sending a photo from another angle (same green cicada). Sure this is not a Fidicina. Photo taken in brazilian late summer (march 04, 2011).”

Larger version of the image.

Image 2:
SL370390: This one was found singing in the grass (its song sounds like a Tibicen auriferus). Its size is about 1,7cm (3/4 in). Color dark green with yellow spots (including the veins in the wings).

“SL370390: This one was found singing in the grass (its song sounds like a Tibicen auriferus). Its size is about 1,7cm (3/4 in). Color dark green with yellow spots (including the veins in the wings).:”

Larger version of the image.

New Image:

“SL370343: People said this is Proarna, but are they sure? This cicada didn’t finish the molting process. If it’s so, the grass cicada is Proarna too. October 04, 2010.”

Larger version of the image.

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December 19, 2010

Cigarras do Brasil

Filed under: Brazil — by @ 5:01 pm

If you’re interested in the cicadas of Brazil, and why wouldn’t you be, check out the blog Cigarras do Brasil. Many cool images, including the teeny-tiny Carineta fasciculata.

The site is in Portuguese, but I used Google Translate to grab the description of the blog:

This blog is for those admirers of the insects most beloved (and loudest) of the world. If you’ve ever heard them sing (and liked), have seen their shells in trees, have tried to capture them as a child, this space is yours.

October 10, 2009

Interesting Cicada items from Wenilton Luís Daltro

Filed under: Brazil,Cicada Anatomy,Quesada — Tags: — by @ 8:01 am

Wenilton Luís Daltro posted some interesting cicada items on the message board, and I wanted to post them on the homepage as well.

Quesada gigas song:

Cicada metamorphosis:

And,

Text PDF about brazilian cicadas, with photos.

January 4, 2008

Pretty Brazilian Cicada: the Carineta diardi

Filed under: Brazil,Carineta — by @ 4:54 pm

Pia Öberg from Sweden took this cicada photo back in 2004 at Hotel do Ypê in Itatiaia NP in Brazil. Thanks to Roy Troutman and cicada expert Allen Sanborn we were able to ID this pretty cicada as a Carineta diardi (Guérin-Méneville, 1829).

Carineta diardi

Some more links for you:

More information about cicadas in Brazil. Includes a picture of a C. diardi. Apparently cicadas compromise coffee plants in Brazil. (Fine with me — I quit drinking coffee for New Years).

A Flash Cartoon of the “A cigarra e a formiga” story. It’s the fable of the cicada and the ants; ants work all summer while the cicada plays — then come winter, the ants are prepared, but lazy cicada is hungry and out in the cold.

More of Pia’s photos on Flickr.

What a fun way to start the New Year. Happy New Year cicada maniacs!