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March 28, 2013

Drymopsalta hobsoni, a newly identified cicada in Australia

Filed under: Australia,News — Dan @ 6:19 pm

Drymopsalta hobsoni is a newly identified cicada found in Australia.

Drymopsalta hobsoni sp. nov. is one of three new species of cicada described this year by Tony Ewart and Lindsay Popple.* Tony and Lindsay had participated in a QPWS fauna survey at Bringalily State Forest, near Inglewood in southern inland Queensland. When returning to the site subsequently for a follow-up cicada search, Tony located the new cicada.

Learn more and see photos of this cicada in Robert Ashdown’s article New summer singers.

March 16, 2013

Cicada News for March 2013

Filed under: News — Dan @ 12:06 pm

There’s going to be a lot of cicada news this year, so I’m going to start publishing a regular cicada news feature. Here is a recap of news for March, so far.

Two articles that are getting a lot of buzz:

The 17-Year Cicadas Are Coming in the Business Insider.

The Cicadas Are Coming! Crowdsourcing An Underground Movement on NPR.

Flying salt shakers of death, written by Angie Macias, is an article about the Massospora fungus that attacks cicadas.

Cicadas’ antibacterial trick may help humans, written by Russell McLendon, is an article about how the structure of cicada wings help them defend themselves from bacteria. “Scientists have found tiny spikes on cicada wings that rupture and kill bacterial cells — a disease-fighting strategy that might also work in manmade materials”.

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.

January 16, 2010

New URLs for the University of Florida sites

Filed under: News — Dan @ 11:22 am

Looks like the University of Florida sites have new URLs.

Singing Insects of North America (

Cicadas (of Florida), Neocicada hieroglyphica (Say), Tibicen, Diceroprocta and Melampsalta spp.

November 1, 2009

The Bibliography of the Cicadoidea has moved

Filed under: News — Dan @ 6:49 pm

I want to let you all know that Tim McNary’s Bibliography of the Cicadoidea has moved to a new URL. The new URL is

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