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June 28, 2015

How many kinds of cicadas are there?

Filed under: FAQs,Identify — Dan @ 12:46 pm

How many kinds of cicadas are there? That depends on what you mean by kinds.

There are over 190 species in the U.S.A. and over a dozen in Canada. Australia has hundreds of cicadas and you can find a list of them here.

World wide, there are over 3,390 species, with new species described every year (I counted them all in this book)!

Learn about New Cicada species. A good source of papers about new cicadas is Zootaxa.

2 Comments »

  1. This year I heard one or two Magicicadas in our yard in May, and the usual yearly cicadas started singing in June which is VERY early! What’s going on?

  2. Dave Marshall says:

    Thank you for counting them! Very useful number. That is more than I had thought were described.

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