Every now and then I treat myself to a cicada book from Japan. Cicadas are called semi in Japan, which seems to be spelled ã‚»ãƒŸ or è‰. Enter ã‚»ãƒŸ or è‰ into the Amazon.co.jp search box and you’ll find a bunch of cicada books (amongst other things).
I’ve already written about Dr. M. Haysashi and Dr. Yasumasa Saisho‘s fantastic The Cicadidae of Japan book. Here are some others:
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This book features huge photos of cicadas through all phases of their lives. It also features diagrams of their lifecycle and underground tunnels.
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Only the first eleven pages of this book are about cicadas, but they are excellent, featuring large photos of common cicadas. The book features two pages that match nymph exoskeletons to adult cicadas.
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This book also features many large photos of cicadas throughout their life cycle. The photos of eggs and first instar nymphs are particularly nice.
Note that these books are not written in English.
This is a photo of one of my displays at home. Some of the specimens aren’t in the best shape, but it is good enough to distinguish the species.
Angamiana floridula, Becquartina electa, Gaeana cheni, Gaeana festiva, Platypleura mira, Tacua speciosa, Tosena albata, Tosena melanoptera, Tosena paviei, and Trengganua sibylla are featured in the image.
A co-worker went to France, and brought me back some cicada souvenirs! Cicada salt & pepper shakers, and a refrigerator magnet!
They love cicadas in France.
David Emery is an Aussie cicada expert. His image of 10 common Aussie cicadas is an excellent visual guide to cicadas found in Australia.
Also, check out L. Popple’s Australian cicadas: The cicadas of central eastern Australia for dozens more, including sound files as well as images.
And, here’s more images of Aussie cicadas and their interesting names.
These sites contain information about both periodical and annual cicada species. Last updated on 9/2/2023.
- Bug Guide (bugguide.net) A massive site devoted to North America insect identification, including an abundance of cicada photos and information.PHOTOS, MAGICICADA. (2023)
- iNaturalist (inaturalist.org). Worldwide cicada photos and sounds. PHOTOS, AUDIO, MAGICICADA. (2023)
- Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly Magicicada.org) (cicadas.uconn.edu) is devoted to monitoring emergences and providing Magicicada information. AUDIO, PHOTOS MAPS, MAGICICADA. (2023)
- Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic (cicadas.info) Sighting information for Magicicada and annual cicadas in the Mid-Atlantic region. Yearly cicada reports are available. PHOTOS, MAGICICADA. (7/?/2023)
- Insect Singers (insectsingers.com). A new site from David Marshall and Kathy Hill featuring dozens of cicada song samples from North America.AUDIO, PHOTOS, MAGICICADA (4/19/2022)
- Great Lakes Cicada Page (magicicada.net RIP, archive.org). Lots of Magicicada information, but sadly the site is no longer live. PHOTOS, MAGICICADA. (7/24/2021)
- Gordon’s Cicada Page (earthlife.net) A photo and about 10 printed pages worth of solid cicada information. PHOTOS. (5/16/2020)
- Gene Kritsky’s Web Site (msj.edu) Gene Kritsky is one of the worlds foremost cicada researchers. Book him for your next cicada event. PHOTOS, MAGICICADA (2020)
- Singing Insects of North America Cicada page (ufl.edu) A large site featuring lists of North American species and audio files. PHOTOS, AUDIO. (2019)
- Colorado State University Extension cicada page (colostate.edu) Includes a picture of Putnam’s cicada and a paragraph of information within 3 pages of various information about cicadas. PHOTOS. (2019)
- Long Island Cicadas: cicadas of Long Island, NY, plus New Jersey and Pennsylvania. PHOTOS, MAGICICADA. (7/5/2018).
- UF|IAFS Cicadas (of Florida) (ufl.edu). PHOTOS. (12/?/2017)
- Cicada Central (uconn.edu) One of the premier cicada sites. Many pictures, maps and information. Superb Magicicada information. PHOTOS, MAPS, MAGICICADA. (2015)
- Massachusetts Cicadas (www.masscic.org) tremendous cicada site packed with information
and photos. Dozens of pages of information. Neotibicens, Magicicada, Cicada Killer wasps. PHOTOS, MAGICICADA. (4/9/2013)
- Periodical Cicada (ag.umass.edu) Many nice photos depicting the cicada’s life cycle, and good information. PHOTOS. (10/2011)
- Tim McNary’s Bibliography of the Cicadoidea (tmcnary.com) for many, many cicada papers and articles. MAGICICADA. (10/9/2010)
- Checklist of Cicadas of Kansas (windsofkansas.com RIP, archive.org) A list of species you’ll find in Kansas, references, photos and illustrations. PHOTOS, ILLUSTRATIONS. (1/10/2008)
- Seventeen Year Cicada (seventeenyearcicada.com) Dozens of Magicicada photos and info. PHOTOS, MAGICICADA (12/2007)
- Apache cicada, Diceroprocta apache (fireflyforest.net) A photo and 3 paragraphs of information. PHOTOS. (7/2/2005)
- Annual Cicadas of Arkansas (angelfire.com) Photos and information about Neotibicen robinsonianus (formerly T. robinsoniana), Megatibicen dorsatus (formerly T. dorsata), Neotibicen pruinosus (formerly T. pruinosa), Neotibicen lyricen, Neotibicen davisi, Megatibicen auletes, & Neotibicen aurifera. PHOTOS. (6/13/2004)
- The University of Michigan Cicada Pages (umich.edu RIP, archive.org) Magicicada, Tibicen, Okanagana, and Diceroprocta info. The owners of this site now contribute to Cicadas @ UCONN and Insect Singers. PHOTOS, AUDIO, MAPS. (7/26/2000).
- Periodical Cicadas (biology.clc.uc.edu RIP, archive.org) A fun and informative Magicicada page with many excellent photos, recipes and 19 paragraphs of information. PHOTOS, MAGICICADA. (5/11/2000)
- Homoptera: cicadas, hoppers, & aphids (insectsexplained.com) Information about the Homoptera order, photos and illustrations. PHOTOS, ILLUSTRATIONS. (2000)
- Guide d’identification d’insectes du Quebec (lesinsectesduquebec.com) En Francais. Canicularis and Okanagana rimosa info and photos. PHOTOS, AUDIO. (1998?)
- Insect Images (insectimages.org) About 150 North American cicada photos, including Magicicada, Tibicen, Okanagana, and Cacama. PHOTOS, MAGICICADA
Kees Green sent us many photos of cicadas taken in Australia.
Here is a sample:
A Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) nymph:
An unidentified Pauropsalta sp.:
A Thopha sessilibia:
More cicada images from Kees:
There were plenty of cicada sightings in Australia this November, like…
This Masked Devil (Cyclochila australasiae), photo taken by Kipp Droby.
A Cyclochia australiasiae with a “bitza” (little bit of everything) paint job — part Yellow Monday; part Masked Devil, by photographer Alan Davison.
A Green Grocer with many shades to green, by a photographer named Howard.
A nice blog post about Australian cicadas, by the Barnade Goose Paperworks.
A chilling video of a moulting cicada being attacked by ants.
A Redeye Cicada (Psaltoda moerens), photo taken by Michael Doe.
This banana-yellow Yellow Monday:
Double Drummers, like:
Or a Double Drummer and Razor Grinder:
Or this pair of Urabunana marshalli found south of Coolah, NSW by David Emery:
This is a wonderful macro photo of a Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta) from Australia. Thanks to Cameron for posting this photo on our Facebook page.
This video taken by Samantha Madell in NSW Australia is a time lapse video of of a Redeye Cicada (Psaltoda moerens) molting.