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November 5, 2022

Halloween decoration that uses cicada sounds

Filed under: Halloween — Dan @ 9:53 am

Back in the 2000’s I purchased this Halloween decoration that uses cicada sounds (Magicicada septendecim Court #2, I think) to create a spooky audio vibe. It’s a dark cloud with spiders hanging from it. Press a button and the whole thing shakes, green lights illuminate the spiders, and cicada sounds play. Gemmy.com made it, but I got it from Target.

October 29, 2022

Spirit Halloween Cicada Costume

Filed under: Halloween | Memes — Dan @ 12:05 pm

Who knew Spirit Halloween stores (yes, in America we have large stores dedicated to Halloween costumes and party supplies) had Cicada Costumes!?

Spirit Template

(yes, this is a meme, sorry to say)

October 16, 2022

Platypleura arabica stamp from the State of Qatar

Filed under: Platypleura | Platypleurini | Qatar | Stamps — Tags: — Dan @ 5:48 am

Platypleura arabica, the Arabian Cicada, stamp from the State of Qatar:

Platypleura arabica stamp from the State of Qatar

October 5, 2022

Searching for Cicadas by Lesley Gibbes and Judy Watson

Filed under: Australia | Books — Dan @ 7:13 pm

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. This one is fantastic! Searching for Cicadas by Lesley Gibbes (author) and Judy Watson (illustrator) tells the story of a grandparent and grandchild and their love of searching for and listing to cicadas. The book is set in Australia and features excellent illustrations of Australian species like Double Drummers, Floury Bakers, and Green Grocers. If you’re a library in the New South Wales area or a parent with a kid who loves cicadas, you should own this book. I live in the United States, and I had to import it. Worth every penny. The illustration is accurate and stylish and unique — a fantastic color palate.

The front cover:
Searching for Cicadas

Inside illustrations:

September 30, 2022

Halloween video 2022

Filed under: Halloween — Dan @ 7:55 pm

Here’s a short Halloween-themed (orange & black) cicada video for you. It’s just fun — nothing scientific. The video stars Neotibicen linnei, Magicicada septendecim, Neotibicen tibicen, and Neocicada hieroglyphica.

Screen Shot Halloween Video

Neotibicen lyricen nymph crawling up a tree

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neocicada | Nymphs | Video — Tags: — Dan @ 7:43 pm

Here’s a video of a Neotibicen lyricen nymph crawling up the trunk of a fir tree, looking for a place to molt. Note the dark eyes and green wing buds. This particular pine tree is my go-to for Lyric cicadas. Here’s another: Neotibicen lyricen molting.

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ThumbNail Neotibicen lyricen

September 28, 2022

A short Neotibicen season in New Jersey. Male teneral Neotibicen tibicen.

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Molting | Neotibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 7:30 pm

We had a short Neotibicen cicada season in New Jersey in 2022.

I’m used to finding molting Neotibicen cicadas between the first week of July and the last week of August. This year they started emerging in the first week of July, but the last one I found was on August 2nd.

I wonder if the short season was due to the major drought or heat waves New Jersey experienced this summer.

Here are some photos of a freshly-molted/teneral(soft) Morning cicada:

Male freshly-molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. Ventral view. Note the opercula.
Neotibicen tibicen 2022 Male

Male freshly-molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen. Side view.
Neotibicen tibicen 2022 Male Side View

Male freshly-molted Neotibicen tibicen tibicen with folded wings:
Neotibicen tibicen 2022 Folded wings

More from the 2022 season: Neotibicen tibicen tibicen female cicada molting, Neotibicen lyricen found in central New Jersey, and Neotibicen linnei in Northern New Jersey.

Neotibicen tibicen tibicen female cicada molting

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Molting | Neotibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 7:12 pm

A Neotibicen tibicen tibicen female cicada molting. Also known as Morning or Swamp cicada. 2022, Central New Jersey.

Neotibicen tibicen 2022 Female molting

Neotibicen tibicen 2022 Female

September 27, 2022

Neotibicen lyricen found in central New Jersey

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 9:28 pm

A Neotibicen lyricen engelhardti found in central New Jersey on July 23, 2022, and released on the morning of July 24th.

This cicada is a male. It was less than 12 hours after molting and its colors were not fully resolved (it will get darker). Note the green wings, black collar, and brown “lightbulb-shaped” marking on its head (pronotum).
Neotibicen lyricen Central NJ

Neotibicen linnei in Northern New Jersey

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 8:50 pm

I was hiking the trails on Pyramid Mountain in Boonton, NJ on August 9th, 2022, when I came across a Neotibicen linnei (Smith and Grossbeck, 1907) aka Linne’s Cicada lying on the ground. Pyramid Mountain is geologically interesting and features glacial erratics of all shapes, sizes, and types (180-ton balancing boulders, purple pudding stones, green & black gneiss, green serpentinite, etc.), with plenty of rocks small enough to trip on and “roll an ankle”, so you have to keep your eyes on the trail. The cicada appeared dead, but it came to life once I picked it up. One of its forewings was too damaged to fly, though.

Dorsal view. It is a male. Note the green collar and two white pruinose spots on the sides of the abdomen.
Neotibicen linnei Pyramid Mountain NJ

Ventral view. Note the overlapping opercula and clearly defined white pruinose on both sides of the abdomen.
Neotibicen linnei Pyramid Mountain NJ 3

One forewing was damaged, torn, and dirty. It could not fly.
Neotibicen linnei Pyramid Mountain NJ 2

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