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September 7, 2018

Cicadas by Continent & Country

Filed under: Genera | Locations — Dan @ 6:54 pm

A variety of cicadas

There are over 3,390 species of cicadas in the world1. The species on this site represent a fraction of those. Start your journey by choosing a regional link below.

U.S and Canada specific:

1 The Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha) by Allen F Sanborn. Academic Press. 14th November 2013.


  1. Jo Finn says:

    I have been reading about the 13 and 17 year cycle. Does this apply to Greece please?

    1. Dan says:

      @Jo Finn, not in Greece. There are plenty of cicadas in Greece, but none with long 13 or 17 year lifecycles.

      1. J. Lee says:

        I was in Crete in 2003. They were everywhere that summer! I’m not sure if it’s that way every year or if it was a brood that only comes up periodically. But we were warned they were coming so I think it was more cicadas than usual.

        1. Dan says:

          That I know of, Crete only has annual cicadas. Here’s some of the species that live there.

  2. Jalizabethe says:

    I am in Athens and there are SO many cicadas! Love hearing their song! I do not see a Greece section, what type of cicadas are these!?! I must know! I love their song! So loud!

    1. Dan says:

      It looks like these are the most common in Greece;
      Ash Cicada (Cicada orni). Common throughout the Mediterranean region.
      Black Sorrow Cicada (Cicadatra atra)
      Common Cicada (Lyristes plebejus). Common throughout the Mediterranean region.
      Cretan Cicada (Cicada cretensis)
      East Aegean Cicada (Cicada mordoganensis)
      Geminate Cicada (Lyristes gemellus)

      Here’s a map from the website iNaturalist.

  3. Sandy says:

    Wow this is a great resource

  4. Lewis Long says:

    I have two small (smaller than the Magicicadia in the US) from the country of Georgia. Is there a generic key or somewhere to start to find out what it is?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    v/r, Scotty

    1. Dan says:

      @Lewis, Common cicadas of Georgia (GA). Cicadettana calliope calliope (Walker, 1850) aka Southern Grass Cicada maybe.

  5. Bryon Blakemore says:

    Plethora of information. Very very fascinating to have such a resource. Also have questions? Dan you super fast on rep once. Thank you.

  6. Talal Nayer says:

    Thanks for the wonderful website, what a great discovery.

  7. Linda Watts says:

    Fascinating website – so happy to have found you!

  8. Amanda Riojas says:

    I love cicadas

  9. Donna Holmes Parks says:

    Wow! Who knew there was a website just for cicadas! This is amazing

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