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.
September 25, 2015
September 3, 2015
A photo of a Neotibicen auletes compared to a smaller Neotibicen exuvia (I believe it is an N. canicularis based on the time of year and location (mid-New Jersey)).
August 16, 2015
It is interesting to note the color variation found in Neotibicen tibicen tibicen aka chloromera aka Swamp Cicada aka Hunch-Back cicada.
In some areas the dorsal side of N. tibicen tibicen can be almost all black, while in other locations their pronotums & mesonotums feature vibrant greens & rusty browns — you can even make out the “M” on the mesonotum.
There may have been cross breeding between the Southern Swamp Cicada (Neotibicen tibicen australis), at some point in time, providing some Neotibicen tibicen tibicen with more colorful appearance. Read Intergrade zones with australis on BudGuide for more information on that possibility.
August 8, 2015
This female Neotibicen lyricen engelhardti aka Dark Lyric Cicada was found during my lunch (half) hour in Middletown, NJ (95ft elevation). Yes it is covered with ants.
More information about N. lyricen engelhardti.
August 3, 2015
The Tibicen bermudiana Verrill (T. bermudianus if you want the genus and species names to agree, and maybe now Neotibicen bermudianus) is a cicada that was endemic to Bermuda and is now extinct. Its closest relative is the Tibicen lyricen, which is found in the United States (and not extinct).
Here is a photo of a T. bermudiana from the collection found at the Staten Island Museum:
From the Bermuda’s Fauna website:
Sadly, when most of the Bermuda cedar trees were killed of by a blight in the 1950s, the cicadas that made the nights so uniquely magical and romantic in sound also largely disappeared.
Updated with a photo of the coin commemorating this cicada:
July 29, 2015
Tonight I went to Manchester, New Jersey to look and listen for Neotibicen auletes aka the Northern Dusk-Singing cicada. As the name suggests, these cicadas sing at dusk (basically right at sunset). They are also the largest cicadas in North America.
I heard many auletes, found some nymphal skins, and one dead adult. Unfortunately I found no live specimens to film or video. Next time.
July 14, 2015
The 2015 annual cicada season is well underway.
The annual cicada species are out now (now means May to September) around the United States. Not all annual cicadas are out yet — some won’t arrive until late summer — but many are currently out in the southernmost states, and will soon arrive in northern states.
Wonder which annual cicadas are in your area? Try Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico, a PDF that features maps of annual cicadas. Also try our new U.S.A. & Canada Cicada Search search tool.
Wonder what they look like? Start at our Cicadas by Genus and Species page.
Wonder what they sound like? Try Insect Singers.
Here are a small portion of the species that can be found in the USA:
Found in: AZ, CA, CO, NV, UT
Found in: AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC
Found in: AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
Found in: AB, AZ, BC, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
Found in: AB, BC, CA, CT, ID, IL, IN, IA, ME, MB, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NV, NB, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OH, ON, OR, PA, QC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
Found in: AR, KS, LA, MO, NM, OK, TX
Found in: AR, CO, ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, WY
Found in: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NC, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA
Found in: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI
July 13, 2015
Elias Bonaros shared these photos of Neocicada hieroglyphica that he observed emerging in Riverhead, Long Island, New York, which is the north-most point of their range, as documented by William T. Davis.
They were taken today, July 13th, 2015.
Here is the Neocicada hieroglyphica hieroglyphica exiting its nymphal skin.
Annette DeGiovine wrote an extensive blog post with many images and video of emerging Neocicada hieroglyphica. Check it out.
20,000 or so years ago the earth was a colder place. Glaciers covered much of North America, including many states that currently are home to Magicicada, and other species of cicadas. There were glaciers in Wisconsin as recently as 9,500 years ago. The area below the glaciers were dominated by taiga, a landscape dominated by sappy evergreens and grasses (mastodon food). Florida was three times the size it was today.
Map from the NOAA.
What I’m curious about is this:
- Where were the Magicicada 20-10 thousand years ago? Did they exist in a primordial form some place in the primordial woodlands of mega-Florida?
- How did deciduous trees (oak, maple, ask, etc) spread northward, and how did the Magicicada spread with them?
- Did the spread of deciduous trees northward into America play a part in the unusual life cycle of Magicicada, including the long lifecycle and 4 year accelerations?
- Were the Neotibicen and Neocicada also living in mega-Florida or perhaps Mexico, and then spread northward as temperatures rose?
- Were Okanagana able to exist in the colder, evergreen-dominated taiga of the time of the last glaciers?
For some reason this stuff intrigues me. Thank goodness my local library has a Jstor account.
This is a list of all the cicada “frequently asked questions” on our site.
Cicadas in General:
- What do cicadas do?
- Where do cicadas live?
- What Might Cause Cicadas to go Extinct?
- Can pets or other animals sense cicadas below ground?
- Are cicadas attracted to the sound of lawnmowers and other machinery?
- What is the life span of a cicada?
- How many types of cicadas are there?
- Do cicadas stink?
- What do Cicadas Eat?
- Do cicadas pee?
- What Eats Cicadas?
- Can Cicadas See?
- Is there such thing as an albino cicada?
- How to tell if a Cicada is a Male or Female?
- How do you pronounce Cicada?
- Why do some cicadas have shriveled up or damaged wings?
- 10 Facts about Cicada Killer Wasps
- Where can I buy cicadas online?
- What is the loudest cicada?
- What is the purpose of cicadas?
- How do I photograph cicadas at night?
- How do cicadas make their sound?
17 & 13 Year / Magicicada / periodical / “locusts”:
- Will the cicadas kill my trees, shrubs or flowers?
- Why do Magicicada stay underground for 13 or 17 years?
- How can I prevent cicadas from damaging my plants?
- What are Broods?
- Did Someone Offer a Reward for White or Blue-eyed Cicadas?
- Are cicadas locusts?
- How Long Does a Periodical Cicada Emergence Last?
- Can you see letters like W & P on a cicada’s wings?
- What is Predator Satiation?
- What are Stragglers?
- Which fungus attacks Magicicadas?
- Do cicadas bite or sting?