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January 15, 2024

A Platypleura kaempferi

Filed under: Asia (Continent) | Platypleura | Platypleurini | Richard Newfrock — Dan @ 12:58 pm

This cicada is a Platypleura kaempferi. The photo comes from us from Richard Newfrock. Platypleura kaempferi is a member of the tribe Platypleurini. P. kaempfer is found in China, South Korea, Japan and other locations — even Poland (but that cicada was likely transported along with produce or in the root ball of a plant). Platypleura means flat/broad sides, and kaempferi likely refers to Emil Kaempfer or Kaempfer’s woodpecker, whose wing resembles the wing of the cicada.

There are three species of Platypleura kaempferi1 (I don’t know what distinguishes them. I don’t see the separate subspecies on iNaturalist either):

  1. P. kaempferi brevipennis Naruse, 1983, which seems to be found in Japan.
  2. P. kaempferi ridleyana Distant, 1905, which seems to be found exclusively in the Malay peninsula.
  3. P. kaempferi kaempferi (Fabricius, 1794), which is found throughout Asia.

Platypleura

Platypleura

Here’s the iNaturalist collection of Platypleura kaempferi photos.

Here’s a comparison of the wing of Kaempfer’s Woodpecker with out possible Platypleura kaempferi:

Wing comparison

Although the woodpecker and cicada resemble each other, Yasumasa Saisho let us know that Platypleura kaempferi was described by the German biologist Engelbert Kämpfer, and its scientific name is derived from it.

Richard Newfrock took the photo of the cicada, and Joao Quental took the photo of Kaempfer’s Woodpecker (Celeus obrieni, Caxias, Maranhão, Brasil) which is under a CC BY 2.0 license.

1 Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-416647-9.00001-2 © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

A Yanga pulverea from Moramanga, Madagascar

Filed under: Africa (Continent) | Madagascar | Platypleurini | Richard Newfrock | Yanga — Dan @ 12:28 pm

This is a Yanga pulverea from Moramonga, Madagascar from the collection of Richard Newfrock.

This is a Yanga pulverea from Moramonga, Mogagascar from the collection of Richard Newfrock.

Yanga pulverea belongs to the cicada tribe Platypleurini, which are known for their prominent pronotal collars and infuscations on their wings. Platy means broad & flat, and pleur means side. Broad side, flat side. I don’t know the root of the word Yanga, but pulverea means power or dust. Here’s photos of living Y. pulvera on iNaturalist.

October 17, 2023

Roy Troutman’s 2013 Brood II cicada photos, gallery 3

When Roy Troutman visited New Jersey and New York in 2013 for Brood II he took a lot of great cicada photos.

Here is a sample of the best.
Click the images for a larger version.
Also visit Gallery #1 and Gallery #2.

Magicicada molting by Roy Troutman
Magicicada molting by Roy Troutman

Magicicada with exuvia by Roy Troutman
Magicicada with exuvia by Roy Troutman

Mustard eyed Magicicada septendecim by Roy Troutman
Mustard eyed Magicicada septendecim by Roy Troutman

Roy Troutman and Elias Bonaros at the Periodical Cicada display at the American Museum of Natural History, photo by Michelle Troutman
Roy Troutman, John Cooley, Ed Johnson and Dan Mozgai

Roy Troutman, John Cooley, Ed Johnson and Dan Mozgai
Roy Troutman and Elias Bonaros at the Periodical Cicada display at the American Museum of Natural History by Michelle Troutman

Teneral Magicada by Roy Troutman
Teneral Magicada by Roy Troutman

Roy Troutman’s 2013 Brood II cicada photos, gallery 2

When Roy Troutman visited New Jersey and New York in 2013 for Brood II he took a lot of great cicada photos.
Here is a sample of the best.
Click the images for a larger version.
Visit Gallery #1 and Gallery #3 as well.

John Cooley and Ed Johnson speaking at the Staten Island Museum Six Legged Sex event by Roy Troutman
John Cooley and Ed Johnson speaking at the Staten Island Museum Six Legged Sex event by Roy Troutman

Light Up Cicada Sculpture at the Staten Island Museum by Roy Troutman
Light Up Cicada Sculpture at the Staten Island Museum by Roy Troutman

Magicicada septendecim by Roy Troutman
M. septendecim by Roy Troutman

Magicicada cassini flying inbetween calling in Colonia NJ by Roy Troutman
Magicicada cassini flying inbetween calling in Colonia NJ by Roy Troutman

Magicicada cassini in flight in Colonia NJ by Roy Troutman
Magicicada cassini in flight in Colonia NJ by Roy Troutman

Magicicada corpses and exuvia by Roy Troutman
Magicicada corpses and exuvia by Roy Troutman

Magicicada mating by Roy Troutman
Magicicada mating by Roy Troutman

Magicicada exuvia by Roy Troutman
Magicicada exuvia by Roy Troutman

Magicicada septendecim mating by Roy Troutman
Magicicada septendecim mating by Roy Troutman

Magicicada staring at you by Roy Troutman
Magicicada staring at you by Roy Troutman

October 16, 2023

Gallery of Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora, part 6

Filed under: Costa Rica | Jose Mora | Photos & Illustrations | Quesada — Dan @ 8:28 pm

Gallery of Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora, part 6.
More: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

These are photos that appear to be a cicada belonging to the genus Quesada, like Quesada gigas because of the yellow coloring visible on the wings:
yellow on wings

A cicada that died while molting:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora

An adult cicada:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora

An adult cicada:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora

Molted cicada skins on a tree:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora

Molted cicada skins on a tree:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora

Molted cicada skins on a tree:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora

Molted cicada skins on a tree:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora

A cicada that died while molting:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora

A cicada that died while molting:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora

An adult cicada:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora

Gallery of Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora, part 5

Filed under: Costa Rica | Jose Mora | Photos & Illustrations | Quesada — Dan @ 7:58 pm

Gallery of Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora, part 5.
More: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 6.

These are nighttime photos and appear to be a cicada belonging to the genus Quesada, like Quesada gigas.

Molting cicada:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora,

Molting cicada:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora,

Molting cicada:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora,

Molting cicada:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora,

Molting cicada:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora,

The cicada has left its nymphal skin, and now its body can harden:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora,

The cicada has left its nymphal skin, and now its body can harden:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora,

The cicada has left its nymphal skin, and now its body can harden:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora,

The cicada has left its nymphal skin, and now its body can harden:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora,

The cicada has left its nymphal skin, and now its body can harden:
Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora,

Gallery of Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora, part 4

Filed under: Costa Rica | Jose Mora | Photos & Illustrations | Quesada — Dan @ 7:33 pm

Gallery of Cicada Photos from Costa Rica by Jose Mora, part 4.
More: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 5, Part 6.

These are nighttime photos and appear to be a cicada belonging to the genus Quesada, like Quesada gigas.

Cicada nymph:
Cicada Nymph Photo from Costa Rica

Molting cicada:
Molting Cicada Photo from Costa Rica

Cicada nymphs on a tree:
Cicada nymphs on a tree

Teneral (soft) cicada that recently molted:
Molting Cicada Photo from Costa Rica

Teneral (soft) cicada that recently molted:
Molting Cicada Photo from Costa Rica

Teneral (soft) cicada that recently molted:
Molting Cicada Photo from Costa Rica

Adult cicada:

Teneral (soft) cicada that recently molted:
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Teneral (soft) cicada that recently molted:
Molting Cicada Photo from Costa Rica

Molting cicada:

October 13, 2023

Neotibicen canicularis in Lakewood, NJ

Filed under: Elias Bonaros | Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations — Tags: — Dan @ 9:35 pm

This is a series of Neotibicen canicularis Northern Dog-Day cicada photos from Lakewood, NJ taken by Elias Bonaros.

Click the photos for larger versions:

A recently molted male Neotibicen canicularis cicada:
Neotibicen canicualris eclosing in Lakewood NJ

A recently molted male Neotibicen canicularis cicada:
Neotibicen canicualris eclosing in Lakewood NJ

A molting Neotibicen canicularis cicada:
Neotibicen canicualris eclosing in Lakewood NJ

Neotibicen lyricen photo by Elias Bonaros

Filed under: Elias Bonaros | Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations — Tags: — Dan @ 9:24 pm

This is a photo of a teneral (soft) Neotibicen lyricen cicada by Elias Bonaros.

Click the photo for a larger version:

Neotibicen lyricen

Neotibicen linnei photo by Elias Bonaros

Filed under: Elias Bonaros | Neotibicen | Photos & Illustrations — Tags: — Dan @ 9:17 pm

This is a photo by Elias Bonaros of a teneral (soft) Neotibicen linnei cicada and its exuvia (molted skin). It was taken in 2009, and knowing Elias, probably in New York or New Jersey.

Click the photo from a larger version:

Neotibicen linnei teneral and its exuvia:
Neotibicen linnei teneral and its exuvia

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