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.
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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”.
A pretty green speckled cicada from North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
If you can identify the species, let us know.
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