Joe Green mailed us some new cicada photos.
December 23, 2009
November 27, 2009
David Emery send us a photo of a Cystosoma saundersii (bladder cicada) from Australia and we added it to the gallery.
Just to complement the Aussie cicadas, a small colony of these Cystosoma saundersii have been droning and rattling at dusk around Burwoood in Sydney for the past 2 months. This is their southern-most extension down the east coast of Australia.
Click the link above or the image below to access large versions of the image.
More information about Cystosoma saundersii on the CSIRO site.
The Bladder Cicada can be sound in eastern Queensland & NSW, and are most common Nov-Jan. (Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990, p. 193.)
Here’s a photo of a diseased specimen:
November 18, 2009
I spent about 24 hours over the past two weeks cleaning up the naming of cicadas on the site, updating Tibicen names, fixing typos, etc. I ended up with a new site map organized by Genera and species. Now it should be easier to find the cicadas you’re looking for, especially species outside of North America.
November 6, 2009
Santisuk Vibul sent us 3 photos of cicada tunnels/chimneys from Bangkok Thailand.
From Santisuk Vibul: “I found this cicada chimney on the lawn in front of my house on October 22, 2009. In Thailand, this month is late rainy season, there is no heavy rain and there will be no flood in the cicada tunnels, but the cicadas nymphs still build their chimneys. Some authorities said they built chimneys to stay to breathe and prepare themselves for their final molting.”
November 1, 2009
October 24, 2009
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:
October 10, 2009
Wenilton LuÃs Daltro posted some interesting cicada items on our old the message board, and I wanted to post them on the homepage as well.
October 5, 2009
The first time I saw the Genus and species name for this cicada, it was called a Tibicen chloromera:
Then its name changed to Tibicen chloromerus, so the gender of the Genus and species name would be in agreement (or so I believe).
Now, this cicada is simply Tibicen tibicen. To read more about why, you’ll need to read Entomological News, Volume 119 Issue 3, “The Identity Of Cicada tibicen Linné [=Tibicen chloromerus (Walker, 1850)] (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae) no access”.
Here is the abstract:
A lectotype is designated for Cicada tibicen Linné, 1758. The Linnaean specimen located in the Zoological Museum of Uppsala University can be traced to Linné and the original species description. The species is determined to be the same as what is currently recognized as Tibicen chloromerus (Walker, 1850), making T. chloromerus and Cicada sayi Smith and Grossbeck, 1907, junior synonyms of Tibicen tibicen (L.).
Of course you can call it Swamp Cicada, Morning Cicada, or Green Annual Cicada (from Bug Guide). It doesn’t care.
Now do I update all instances of “Tibicen chloromera” on this site, or not. Hmmm….
August 26, 2009
You might know Elias from his posts on the Message Board. Monday, after a lot of searching, he found a female Tibicen auletes in Lakewood New Jersey.
I was down in Lakewood NJ yesterday and after finding 5 more additional huge exuvia, the unthinkable happened. a female T. auletes flew to a light, hit the pole after circling many times and slid down to the ground. I easily captured her on the ground. Wanted to share this picture. look how beautiful she is with all that pruinosity!
Tibicen auletes are the largest of the North American Tibicen species. Their bodies a a little under 2″ long. Auletes are also know as the Sissor-Grinder, Northern Dusk-singing Cicada, or Great Dusk-calling Cicada. Read more at Bug Guide. The Songs of Insects site has sound files so you can listen and hear if you have auletes in your yard too.
Here’s Elias’ photos: