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November 4, 2007

Cicada Horror Films, Solar Power and Fish Lures

Filed under: Cicada Arts | Pop Culture | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 8:56 am

Odds and Ends:

Nanotech News: Cicadas wings are being used as the inspiration for building better solar technology. (thanks Roy)

Peng Jiang, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, is drawing inspiration from the eyes of moths and the wings of cicadas to create unusual new anti-reflective and water-repellant coatings — coatings that appear to have potential to make solar cells both more efficient and self-cleaning. Windows in cars and homes, computer screens and other consumer products also could improve thanks to the super-transparent coatings.

Russian fishing lure company www.apico-fish.ru used one of Roy Troutman’s cicada photos for a recent ad for cicada themed lures.

Russian Cicada Lure

October 20, 2007

Jersey Blog Appearance

Filed under: Cicada Mania — Dan @ 7:34 am

Thanks to Roy Troutman for reminding me about my interview which appeared in the Star Ledger recently. It’s about Cicada Mania and blogging in general.

October 10, 2007

Cicada Quote from author John Berger

Filed under: Pop Culture — Dan @ 9:03 pm

‘Your voice, he interrupted, is also like a cicada, not only a corn-crake. Do you know the legend about cicadas?
They say they are the souls of poets who cannot keep quiet because, when they were alive, they never wrote the poems
they wanted to.’

… from author John Berger.

October 6, 2007

Cicada Time in Australia

Filed under: Australia — Dan @ 8:59 am

It’s cicada time in Australia again, so I’m reposting my list of Australian cicada names. Australians are the best in the world at naming animals.

Australia has the best cicada names:

  • Cyclochila australasiae
    • Green Grocer
    • Yellow Monday/li>
    • Chocolate Soldier
    • Blue Moon
    • Masked Devil
  • Macrotristria angularis
    • Cherrynose or Whiskey Drinker
  • Tettigarcta crinita
    • Hairy Cicada
  • Pauropsalta extrema
  • Lembeja paradoxa
  • Cystosoma saundersii
    • Bladder Cicada
  • Abricta curvicosta
    • Floury Baker
  • Psaltoda moerens
    • Redeye
    • Cherryeye
  • Anapsaltoda pulchra
  • Arenopsaltria fullo
  • Arunta perulata
    • White Drummer
  • Macrotristria godingi
  • Thopha saccata
  • Psaltoda plaga
  • Tamasa tristigma

There’s plenty more on the the incredible CSIRO Common Names site.

New photos from Iván Jesus Torresano García

Filed under: Ivan Garcia | Spain — Dan @ 8:46 am

Two new cicada photos by Iván Jesus Torresano García from Spain:

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Magicicadas in the Fall? Experts say it’s possible

Filed under: Magicicada — Dan @ 8:19 am

We received a report of Magicicadas being heard in the fall. Normally Magicicadas appear in the spring of course, but they might be tricked into emerging later if a dormant tree is revived.

My speculation: maybe the warm fall weather has tricked them into thinking it is spring.

I have no visual or audio evidence for you.

September 23, 2007

Cicada Slowdown

Filed under: Tibicen — Dan @ 5:27 pm

It’s September in the USA. The cicadas are done singing in my state (Jersey), and most of the USA. More fun next year for sure.

Thanks to Jaime for this pic of two cicadas mating:

cicada mating

September 13, 2007

Spark â„¢ Talking Bug Identifier

Filed under: Identify — Dan @ 9:01 pm

The Discovery Store has a Spark â„¢ Talking Bug Identifier. I have no idea if I identifies cicadas in general (I imagine it does), or individual species of cicadas. Still it’s cool enough to mention.

September 8, 2007

Many new Cicada Videos from Phoebe

Filed under: Video — Tags: — Dan @ 8:06 am

Here’s some cicada videos Phoebe found on YouTube:

cicada singing, then crawling:

cicada singing, good side view:

Cicada mystery movement: What are they up to?

And from Japan セミの生態: cicadas mating:

August 29, 2007

Another Tibicen ID Request

Filed under: Tibicen — Dan @ 2:37 pm

This one I can’t figure out, mostly because it’s well dead. Sheri T. took the photo.

The yellow eyes might be due to its postmortem condition, but they do make the specimen interesting.

Mystery Tibicen

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