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September 5, 2010

Cicada Alphabet: K

Filed under: Australia,Cicada Alphabet,New Zealand — Dan @ 9:19 am

K is for Dr. Kritsky, specifically Dr. Gene Kritsky of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Kritsky is one of the premier Magicicada experts and advocates; if you’re a cicada fan you must attend one of his lectures and buy one of his books. A few years ago Gene provided Cicada Mania with an interview.

Kikihia, one of the two major Genus of cicadas in New Zealand. David Marshall says: “The name Kikihia is derived from the Maori word for cicada, as is the name of the town Kihikihi, in New Zealand. You’ll love their public cicada statue. See this web page:“.

The Kobonga is a Genus of cicadae that exists in eastern Australia. Thanks to David Marshall and Kathy Hill of for these wonderful photos of a Kobonga species currently nicknamed the Xmas Clanger (species name pending).

Kobonga Xmas Clanger

Kobonga Xmas Clanger


  1. Dan says:

    Ah, I get it, the Genus is Kobanga, those are the same species, but the species name isn’t yet decided, and for now you’re calling it the “Xmas Clanger”. Great name in the tradition of Australian cicada names.

  2. Dave says:

    I was not quite clear in the email — those are the same species. We call it the “Xmas Clanger” for now.

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