Temperature plays an important part in much of cicada behavior, such as determining when they emerge from the ground, and when they are active above ground.
There’s a new paper out from Allen F.Sanborn, James E.Heath, Maxine S.Heath and Polly K.Phillips titled “Thermal adaptation in North American cicadas”.
Here’s the highlights:
- Thermal responses are related specific environments of North America cicadas.
- Thermoregulatory strategy can influence thermal responses in sympatric species.
- Emergence time can influence thermal responses in sympatric species.
- Subspecies in general do not differ in their thermal responses.
- Thermal responses within a species do not differ in populations separated by more than 7600 km.
And here’s the citation info (even though I’m not citing anything):
Allen F. Sanborn, James E. Heath, Maxine S. Heath, Polly K. Phillips, Thermal adaptation in North American cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae), In Journal of Thermal Biology, Volume 69, 2017, Pages v-xviii, ISSN 0306-4565, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2017.07.011.