Update 2: Listen to an ABC radio interview with Nathan.
Update: Nathan’s books are back from the press. Get one on eBay, or contact him via Twitter to get yours:
Nature photographer and cicada researcher Nathan Emery is working on a new book called “A Photo Guide to Common Cicadas of the Greater Sydney Region“. It is due out at the end of October, 2016.
Cicada researcher and photographer Nathan Emery found his first Bladder Cicada (Cystosoma saundersii) for the year. See this iNaturalist page. It is still winter there, so this is particular interesting.
A Bladder cicada looks like this (Cystosoma saundersii):
Photo by David Emery.
Read more about this cicada on Dr. Pop’s website.
If you’re in the Sydney, Australia area and you see or hear a cicada this season, report it to the Great Cicada Blitz, an iNaturalist website set up by cicada researcher Nathan Emery. The purpose of this website is to map and identify the various cicada species in the Sydney area.
According to Nathan Emery on Twitter, four new species of cicadas belonging to the genus Yoyetta have been described:
- Y. cumberlandi sp. nov.
- Y. fluviatilis sp. nov.
- Y. nigrimontana sp. nov.
- Y. repetens sp. nov.
See this paper for more information:
Emery, N.J., Emery, D.L., & Popple, L.W. (2015) A redescription of Yoyetta landsboroughi (Distant) and Y. tristrigata (Goding and Froggatt) (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) and description of four new related species. Zootaxa 3948 (3): 301–341.