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March 25, 2014

Some cicada books from Japan

Filed under: Books | Japan — Dan @ 4:04 am

Every now and then I treat myself to a cicada book from Japan. Cicadas are called semi in Japan, which seems to be spelled セミ or 蝉. Enter セミ or 蝉 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:

セミ観察記 (写真絵本 ぼくの庭にきた虫たち):

This book features huge photos of cicadas through all phases of their lives. It also features diagrams of their lifecycle and underground tunnels.

A Cicada Book from Japan
セミ・カメムシの仲間 (海野和男のワクワク虫図鑑):

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.

And Another Cicada Book from Japan

セミの一生 (科学のアルバム):

This book also features many large photos of cicadas throughout their life cycle. The photos of eggs and first instar nymphs are particularly nice.

Another Cicada Book from Japan

Note that these books are not written in English.

January 21, 2014

The Hammerhead Cicada – A new discovery!

Filed under: Cicadmalleus | Michel Boulard — Dan @ 4:15 pm

It looks like a new sub-tribe, genus and species of cicada has been identified by Michel Boulard and Stéphane Puissant. Cicadmalleus micheli. The cicada has a head that looks like the head of a hammerhead shark! Cicadmalleus means “cicada hammer”, and micheli refers to Bruno Michel who found the cicada (thanks David Emery).

I heard the cicada was discovered in Thailand, which makes sense because that is where Michael Boulard does most of his research.

January 19, 2014

A visual comparison of some cicadas of Southeast Asia

Filed under: Angamiana | Becquartina | Gaeana | Platypleura | Tacua | Thailand | Tosena | Trengganua — Dan @ 3:58 pm

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 visual comparison of some cicadas of Southeast Asia

January 12, 2014

Ceramic Cicadas from France

Filed under: France — Dan @ 4:01 pm

A co-worker went to France, and brought me back some cicada souvenirs! Cicada salt & pepper shakers, and a refrigerator magnet!

Ceramic Cicadas

Ceramic Cicada Magnet

They love cicadas in France.

Cicada 3301 Logo

Filed under: Pop Culture — Tags: — Dan @ 11:33 am

UPDATE: the cicada is a Distantalna splendida.

A few weeks ago someone asked me what species of cicada the Cicada 3301 logo represented. At the time I did not know what Cicada 3301 was. Later on I learned that Cicada 3301 is some kind of international organization that uses puzzles to recruit people who are really good at figuring out puzzles … or something like that. This sounds very interesting, and it might be something I would be into if I had more free time.

Here is the 3301 logo (which is presumably copyrighted by the Cicada 3301 organization):

cicada 3301

The logo appears to be a photo of a cicada processed with an emboss filter. (I’ve seen other versions of the logo, which look like the embossed logo run through an ASCII filter that makes it look like the green alphanums on a black background like the Matrix or the Homebrew setting for Terminal windows on the Mac.)

The interesting thing about the 3301 logo is that the cicada appears to be a collage. The veins of the right hind wing are different than the left hind wing. Either the wing was taken from a different species, or the lines that appear in the anal lobe were cloned/copied to cover the entire hindwing.

cicada wings

Interesting. When I have more time I’ll try to ID the actual cicada — or at least the primary species the image was made from.

I wonder what 3301 stands for? Entomologists Enjoy Only Insects?

January 8, 2014

Visually identify 10 Aussie Cicadas

Filed under: Australia | David Emery — Dan @ 5:48 am

David Emery is an Aussie cicada expert. His image of 10 common Aussie cicadas is an excellent visual guide to cicadas found in Australia.

Aussie cicadas 1 (3)

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.

January 1, 2014

Websites about the cicadas of Japan

Filed under: Japan | Websites — Dan @ 11:04 am
  1. Cicadae in Japan An excellent resource, including a list of Japanese cicadas, dozens of photos and audio files. AUDIO PHOTOS
  2. Cicada stamps and sculptures from Japan and elsewhere (asahi-net.or.jp) PHOTOS
  3. Japanese insect pictures (mus-nh.city.osaka.jp) Many cicada photos! PHOTOS

General Cicada Information Websites

Filed under: Websites — Dan @ 11:02 am
  1. The Insect Images site has many cicada images.
  2. AMNH Invertebrate Zoology Type Specimens
  3. ITIS has massive listings of cicada species names with mentions of papers that mention the cicadas. Invaluable resource.
  4. What’s that Bug (whatsthatbug.com) Another insect identification site, but this one has an international focus. Many cicada photos. PHOTOS.
  5. Insectclopedia: a large portal of insect links for the purpose of insect research.
  6. Dave’s Garden: Order: Homoptera, Family: Cicadidae (davesgarden.com) About 13 cicada photos from around the world. PHOTOS
  7. Interesting Facts About Cicadas (insectvista.com)
  8. Yahoo! Entomology-Cicadidae Group A Yahoo! Group for discussion of cicadas.
  9. Insect Music (birdnature.com) General information. Mentions an East Indian cicada.
  10. Cicadas in Ancient
    Greece
    (insects.org) Several photos of Greek art, and 28 paragraphs of information. PHOTOS
  11. Flickr has over 36,167 cicada photos. PHOTOS

North American Cicada Websites

Filed under: Canada | United States | Websites — Dan @ 10:58 am

These sites contain information about both periodical and annual cicada species. Last updated on 10/7/2023 with links from the 1998 version of this page.

  1. Bug Guide (bugguide.net) A massive site devoted to North America insect identification, including an abundance of cicada photos and information.PHOTOS, MAGICICADA. (2023)
  2. iNaturalist (inaturalist.org). Worldwide cicada photos and sounds. PHOTOS, AUDIO, MAGICICADA. (2023)
  3. Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly Magicicada.org) (cicadas.uconn.edu) is devoted to monitoring emergences and providing Magicicada information. AUDIO, PHOTOS MAPS, MAGICICADA. (2023)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. Gordon’s Cicada Page (earthlife.net) A photo and about 10 printed pages worth of solid cicada information. PHOTOS. (5/16/2020)
  8. 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)
  9. Singing Insects of North America Cicada page (ufl.edu) A large site featuring lists of North American species and audio files. PHOTOS, AUDIO. (2019)
  10. 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)
  11. Long Island Cicadas: cicadas of Long Island, NY, plus New Jersey and Pennsylvania. PHOTOS, MAGICICADA. (7/5/2018).
  12. UF|IAFS Cicadas (of Florida) (ufl.edu). PHOTOS. (12/?/2017)
  13. Cicada Central (uconn.edu) One of the premier cicada sites. Many pictures, maps and information. Superb Magicicada information. PHOTOS, MAPS, MAGICICADA. (2015)
  14. 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)
  15. Periodical Cicada (ag.umass.edu) Many nice photos depicting the cicada’s life cycle, and good information. PHOTOS. (10/2011)
  16. Tim McNary’s Bibliography of the Cicadoidea (tmcnary.com) for many, many cicada papers and articles. MAGICICADA. (10/9/2010)
  17. 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)
  18. Seventeen Year Cicada (seventeenyearcicada.com) Dozens of Magicicada photos and info. PHOTOS, MAGICICADA (12/2007)
  19. Apache cicada, Diceroprocta apache (fireflyforest.net) A photo and 3 paragraphs of information. PHOTOS. (7/2/2005)
  20. 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)
  21. 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).
  22. 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)
  23. Homoptera: cicadas, hoppers, & aphids (insectsexplained.com) Information about the Homoptera order, photos and illustrations. PHOTOS, ILLUSTRATIONS. (2000)
  24. Katherine Klein The Cicada watercolor, 24″ x 18″ (art.net). ILLUSTRATIONS. (1999).
  25. Cicadas Genera Magicicada – Tibicen (desertusa.com). PHOTOS. (1999).
  26. Periodical Cicadas in Iowa, Again (iastate.edu). MAGICICADA. (1998).
  27. Guide d’identification d’insectes du Quebec (lesinsectesduquebec.com) En Francais. Canicularis and Okanagana rimosa info and photos. PHOTOS, AUDIO. (1998?)
  28. Cicadas are Laying Eggs and Preparing to Go (iastate.edu). MAGICICADA. (1997).
  29. Periodical Cicada Emergence in Iowa in 1997 (iastate.edu). MAGICICADA. (1997).
  30. Insect Images (insectimages.org) About 150 North American cicada photos, including Magicicada, Tibicen, Okanagana, and Cacama. PHOTOS, MAGICICADA
  31. Checklist of Cicadas North of Mexico features many songs.
  32. Cicada Videos and Sounds Alarm Squawks and Mating Calls is also very helpful for identifying cicada sounds.
  33. Selected North American cicada species has about 20 song samples too.

December 29, 2013

My top ten cicada Tweets of 2013

Filed under: News — Dan @ 10:28 am

Although I should post everything on CicadaMania.com that I post on Facebook and Twitter, sometimes a few items fall through the cracks. Here are my top 10 cicada related tweets of 2013:


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