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March 2, 2017

Quesada gigas out in Texas

Filed under: Mike Quinn,Quesada — Dan @ 8:05 pm

Update: Mike’s website Giant Cicada / Chicharra Grande has records of the early calling. 3 to 4 months early!

Mike Quinn, @EntoMike on Twitter, reported on February 22nd that Quesada gigas have been singing in Texas.

Listen to their song:

Song type: Call

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Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: Q. gigas

Quesada gigas (Olivier, 1790)
Photo credit: Photo by Leonardo Milhomem

More information about Quesada gigas.

5 Comments »

  1. It sure does seem early. It would be interesting to analyze historical records to see if Q. gigas is arriving earlier each year and possibly extending its range northward. The species may be a southern counterpart climate change indicator to disappearing and retreating glaciers in the north.

    Of this fascinating species, W. T. Davis (1944) wrote:

    “It is the only known American cicada that may be found in the mature or winged form every month in the year in some part of its extensive north and south distribution of about 4,000 miles, from southern Texas through Mexico, Central America, South America into Argentina.”

  2. Dave says:

    It would be interesting to know if Mike thinks that these are out earlier than usual this year.

    1. Dan says:

      I’ll ask. He follows me on Twitter.

    2. Dan says:

      FYI, there are records on Mike’s website Giant Cicada / Chicharra Grande. Seems like 3 to 4 months early.

      1. Dave says:

        Thanks, that’s a great page on gigas.

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