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March 1, 2020

Joe Green’s Neocicada hieroglyphica photos from 2007, Florida

Filed under: Cicadini | Joe Green | Neocicada — Tags: — Dan @ 7:48 pm

Joe Green’s Neocicada hieroglyphica photos from 2007, Florida, part 1:

Okanagana rimosa exuvia photos by Elias Bonaros

Filed under: Elias Bonaros | Exuvia | Okanagana | Tibicinini — Tags: — Dan @ 9:45 am

Okanagana rimosa exuvia (skins, shells) photos by Elias Bonaros. From 2010, I believe.

Note the dark lines on the abdomen — that’s an easy way to distinguish Okanagana exuvia from other types of cicadas.

Side view

dorsal view

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata) photos by Jodi

Filed under: Australia | Photos & Illustrations | Thopha | Thophini — Tags: — Dan @ 9:34 am

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata) photos by Jodi from 2007. Australia.

Text for the photos from back in 2007: “Thanks to Jodi for allowing us to post some of her Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata) photos. Two today, two tomorrow! Apparently they’re hatching in droves in Central Australia.”

A molting Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata):
Molting T. colorata

Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata):
Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

Teneral, recently molted Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata):
Teneral Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

Teneral, recently molted Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata):
Orange Drummer (Thopha colorata)

My Neotibicen photos from 2004

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 9:20 am

My Neotibicen photos from 2004.

As I reupload all the images on my website, even the horrible low-rez images will be reuploaded. Why? It’s my website, and I like them.

This photo isn’t so bad. It’s Neotibicen exuvia (skins, shells) surrounding a coin:
Cicada skins

This photo is blurry, but there’s a Neotibicen tibicen (formerly Tibicen chloromera) in the shot.
Neotibicen tibicen

Another blurry photo. This shows a Neotibicen tibicen with wings damaged during the molting process.
Neotibicen tibicen with damaged wings

My Magicicada photos from 1996, Brood II

Filed under: Brood II | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 9:10 am

My Magicicada photos from 1996, Brood II. These were taken with disposable cameras and scanned in with a flatbed scanner also from the 1990s. They’re mostly from Metuchen NJ. Otherwise they’re from Westfield NJ.

At this point in time I was not as interested in cicadas as I am now. Back in 1996 they were more of a novelty, but over time my obsession grew.

Magicicada adults in a jar:
Magicicadas in a jar

Magicicada in a jar

Magicicada exuvia in a jar:
Magicicada exuiva in a jar

Scenes from a cicada wedding:

My friends David & Claire were married in an outdoor wedding ceremony in Westfield, NJ, at the peak of the Brood II emergence. No one freaked out — in fact everyone seemed to enjoy it, especially the kids.

The bride and groom, Claire and David:
David & Claire

A cicada creeping up a wedding chair leg during the ceremony:
A cicada creeping up a wedding chair leg during the ceremony

Video from the wedding:

I was even calling them “locusts” back then. Gee wiz.

My Magicicada Photos from 2004, Brood X

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 8:59 am

My Magicicada Photos from 2004, Brood X. These were taken in Princeton, New Jersey, with a home video camera. Princeton is a “hot spot” for Brood X in New Jersey. They’re usually out during the Princeton University graduation ceremonies, which is a nuisance for both graduates & their families and for people who come to see the cicadas (and could care less about the graduates). Interestingly enough, the Princeton colors (orange & black) closely match the colors of the cicadas.

Magicicada on a tree in a park in Princeton NJ

Magicicada on a tree branch in a park in Princeton NJ

Magicicada on a tree in a park in Princeton NJ

Magicicada on a tree in a park in Princeton NJ

Seagulls and cicadas photo by Sue

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 8:47 am

These images go back to 2007 (Brood XIII).

Sue had noticed that seagulls had taken a liking (maybe an obsession) to cicadas. Look at all those seagulls ready to swoop down (or up) and grab a cicada:

Seagulls waiting to eat cicadas

No seagulls in this photo, just exuvia on a tree:
Magicicada on a tree

I live near the ocean and can testify that seagulls are bold and voracious eaters. They pose a threat to not just cicadas, but also seals and even Jedi:

February 29, 2020

Adult female cicada, Genus Dundubia, showing Tympanal cover

Filed under: Dundubia | Dundubiini | Santisuk Vibul — Dan @ 4:54 pm

Adult female cicada, Genus Dundubia, showing Tympanal cover. Photo and text by Santisuk Vibul.

Adult female cicadas have perceptive organ ie. Tympana or Ear drums which are mirror-like membranes. The tympana of adult female cicadas are much more smaller than that of the males because they are less developed. The tympana of the female cicadas (shown on the above photo) function as a perceptive organ to percept the calls of the male cicadas from the distance and also function as a shield to protect their tympana like the opercula of the male cicadas.

Adult female cicada, Genus Dundubia, showing Tympanal cover

Squashed Megatibicen auletes

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Megatibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 4:36 pm

Squashed Megatibicen auletes. Not sure who stepped on it. It’s an interesting look at its anatomy.

Poor smashed Megatibicen auletes.

Megatibicen auletes found in Winston-Salem, NC by Erin Dickinson

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Megatibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 4:19 pm

Megatibicen auletes found in Winston-Salem, NC by Erin Dickinson. The year was 2011. The cicada’s name was Mortimer. No kidding.

Megatibicen auletes found in Winston-Salem, NC by Erin Dickinson. 2011.

Megatibicen auletes found in Winston-Salem, NC by Erin Dickinson. 2011.

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