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April 29, 2010

First Neocicada hieroglyphica of the Season in Florida

Filed under: Joe Green | Neocicada | Video — Tags: — Dan @ 4:45 am

Joe Green wrote us to let us know that he heard the first Neocicada hieroglyphica of the year.

Just wanted to let you all know I heard the first male Neocicada hieroglyphica calling from a oak tree today at Chico’s World Headquarters campus here in Fort Myers, Florida. I heard the warm-up pre call at first that lead into to the full blown chorus call for 6 repeated calls before he stopped. It was 2:40 pm EST, in the afternoon with the temperature reaching 80 degrees on this day. I have yet to hear one at Dusk here at the house but I’ll listen from now on with the start of the season here in south Florida and record all my data for this year’s research. I’ll keep in touch with all of you as the year proceeds.

Joes Neocicada hieroglyphica photos:

  1. Joe Green’s Neocicada hieroglyphica photos from 2007, Florida
  2. More of Joe Green’s Neocicada hieroglyphica photos from 2007, Florida

Video of a singing Neocicada hieroglyphica:

Neocicada hieroglyphica singing by Joe Green from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

Neocicada hieroglyphica by Joe Green, 2007

January 16, 2010

Megatibicen resonans calls

Filed under: Joe Green | Sounds | Tibicen | Video — Tags: — Dan @ 3:10 pm

Joe Green recently provided Cicada Mania with videos of various cicadas calling.

Here’s a selection of Megatibicen resonans (formerly Tibicen resonans) calls, including alarm calls:

T. resonans alarm call by Joe Green.

T. resonans alarm call by Joe Green.

T. resonans alarm by Joe Green.

T. resonans calling by Joe Green.

T. resonans calling by Joe Green.

T. resonans calling in Desoto Co. by Joe Green.

Joe’s Tibicen resonans were recorded in Florida. Here are photos of a M. resonans also by Joe.

January 9, 2010

Diceroprocta alarm call

Filed under: Diceroprocta | Joe Green | Video — Dan @ 3:15 pm

D. olympusa alarm call by Joe Green

D. olympusa alarm call by Joe Green from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

D. olympusa cicada alarm call by Joe Green

D. olympusa cicada alarm call by Joe Green from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

New Cicada Videos from Joe Green

Filed under: Joe Green | Neocicada | Sounds | Video — Tags: — Dan @ 10:58 am

Joe Green sent me a couple of CDs worth of North American cicadas calling and has graciously allowed us to use them for the site. The highlight of these videos is that they feature cicada calls.

I have to add descriptions, and about 50 more videos, but for now check out what’s uploaded so far.

Here’s a sample:

Neocicada hieroglyphica singing by Joe Green from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

January 8, 2010

Diceroprocta viridifascia (Walker, 1850)

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Diceroprocta | Francis Walker | United States | Video — Tags: — Dan @ 5:01 am

Diceroprocta viridifascia aka the Salt Marsh Cicada can be found in AL, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Song type: Call


Source: ©Insect Singers | Species: D. viridifascia

Song type: Call


Source: ©Joe Green | Species: D. viridifascia

These videos feature the call of the D. viridifascia.

Name, Location and Description

Classification:

Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
Subtribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Diceroprocta
Species: Diceroprocta viridifascia (Walker, 1850)

List of sources

  1. Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
  2. Common names: BugGuide.net; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
  3. Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
  4. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.

Notes:

  • Some descriptions are based on aged specimens which have lost some or a lot of their color.

October 24, 2009

Tribute to Ace Jackalope

Filed under: Video — Tags: , — Dan @ 12:03 pm

Many things in this life
Are not what they appear
Yeah I look like a hare
But if you stop and you stare
I’m related to a deer

– Supersuckers “Creepy Jackalope Eye”

So what does that have to do with a cicada, well, there’s a person on YouTube named acejackalope that has been posting dozens of videos of cicadas. Lots of them feature good shots of the cicada, the species name and their song (which is important, since a lot of cicadas look the same, so you need to hear their song to identify them). All of them are great quality too.

Here’s some samples:

Tibicen auriferus singing:

Underside of T. dorsatus:

July 5, 2009

Life in the Undergrowth

Filed under: Magicicada | Pop Culture | Video — Dan @ 10:02 am

I just finished watching the BBC mini-series Life in the Undergrowth staring several million invertebrates and David Attenborough. (I watched it in between the picnics, fireworks, and swimming that mostly occupies my time.) Fans of cicadas and land-dwelling invertebrates will love this show. Attenborough is the best when it comes to explaining the natural world to TV viewers.

BBC thoughtfully put the segment of the show about 17 year cicadas on YouTube.

I like the bit when he lures the male around by imitating the wing flicks of females.

You can buy it in the usual places, or rent it of course.

January 11, 2009

HD Cicada Videos from Roy Troutman

Filed under: Anatomy | Brood XIV | Magicicada | Roy Troutman | Video — Dan @ 7:36 pm

Here’s something special. Roy Troutman has uploaded some HD quality videos of Magicicadas to YouTube. Click the links to see the full-size versions.

Periodical Cicada sitting on leaf in HD:

Periodical Cicada’s heart pumping in HD:

Cicada molting in HD:

Here’s a Brood XIV Roy created as well:

Brood XIV Map by Roy Troutman

August 17, 2008

Cicada Killer!

Filed under: Cicada Killer Wasps | Video — Dan @ 7:47 am

Cicada KIller Wasp from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

Here’s a video of a Cicada Killer wasp captured by my friend David Wilson in Lambertville, NJ. You can hear the cicadas in the background, so you know the wasp is quite frustrated.

July 3, 2008

A video Montage of Brood XIV Magicicadas in Ohio in 2008

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical | Video — Dan @ 7:12 am

Brood XIV Magicicadas in Ohio in 2008:

  • A male missing it's abdomen.
  • Another missing it's abdomen due to a fungus infection.
  • Adult cicada with it's nymph skin still attached.
  • A cicada laying eggs on a branch. Mating cicadas.

We need a CICADA montage! from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

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