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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:


December 24, 2013

Photos of Cicadas from Australia

Filed under: Australia | Cyclochila | Pauropsalta | Thopha — Tags: — Dan @ 12:53 pm

Kees Green sent us many photos of cicadas taken in Australia.

Here is a sample:

A Green Grocer (Cyclochila australasiae) nymph:

Green Grocer Cyclochila australasiae nymph by Kees Green

An unidentified Pauropsalta sp.:

Pauropsalta sp by Kees Green

A Thopha sessilibia:

Thopha sessilibia by Kees Green

More cicada images from Kees:

December 22, 2013

M. cassini in Connecticut

Filed under: Brood II | Magicicada | Periodical — Tags: — Dan @ 5:53 pm

A news story came out in November reporting that M. cassini appeared in areas of Connecticut where they were not expected during the Brood II emergence this year. This must have been a 2013 highlight for cicada researchers in the Connecticut area.

Cicada News for November 2013

Filed under: Australia | News — Dan @ 5:47 pm

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:

DD and RG-Berry 2013

Or this pair of Urabunana marshalli found south of Coolah, NSW by David Emery:

Marshalli mating2 -Coolah 2013

Macro photo of a Floury Baker

Filed under: Aleeta | Australia | Lamotialnini — Tags: — Dan @ 5:50 am

Floury Baker

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.

December 3, 2013

Cicada – The Insect Methuselah

Filed under: Film | Periodical — Dan @ 10:19 pm

I picked up a film on 16mm (what they showed to kids in school before VHS tapes were popular) called Cicada – The Insect Methuselah. I would love to see it, but I don’t have a 16mm projector (who does?) The film is presumably about 17/13 Year cicadas. I held the film up to a light, and it indeed features the Magicicada species.

The film was produced by the Moody Institute of Science in 1955, and I assume they still hold the copyright to the film. It is 12 minutes in length.

Update: Roy Troutman contacted us to let us know that this video footage can be found in another video: The Mystery of The Three Clocks, which you can watch here:

The most impressive thing about the video is the anatomical model of the cicada. I wish I had one (but I might have to go back to the 50’s to get one).

November 23, 2013

Timelapse video of a Redeye Cicada Molting

Filed under: Australia | Psaltoda | Video — Tags: , — Dan @ 5:25 pm

This video taken by Samantha Madell in NSW Australia is a time lapse video of of a Redeye Cicada (Psaltoda moerens) molting.

November 21, 2013

A Cicada Attacked by Bull Ants

Filed under: Video — Dan @ 6:21 am

Poor, poor cicada — never had a chance. Here’s a video of bull ants attacking a molting cicada:

via Twitter

November 17, 2013

March of the cicadas

Filed under: News — Dan @ 9:49 am


March of the cicadas P5509, originally uploaded by eyeweed.

Now that is a lot of cicada skins!

November 11, 2013

A moulting cicada in NSW Australia

Filed under: News — Dan @ 11:32 pm


Birth of a Cicada, originally uploaded by QuickBrownGoat.

This cicada photo was taken by photographer Cameron George about 60km south of Sydney Australia. I believe this is a Green Grocer, but I’m not 100% sure. The cicada is attempting to molt.

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