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August 21, 2005

Louder than a lawnmower

Filed under: Neotibicen | Sounds — Dan @ 8:05 am

Someone asked how loud Neotibicens were in terms of decibels. According to the University of Florida Book of Insect Records the Tibicen resh has a maximum sound pressure level of 107.2db, and the Tibicen pronotalis has a max SPL of 108.9db. Other species of Tibicen seem to max out around 80-100db.

Bonus unrelated link:

A French Canadian Tibicen page (thanks Roy).

August 14, 2005

A cicada and an leafhopper

Filed under: Neotibicen | Tibicen — Dan @ 9:08 pm

Cicada and a leaf hopper

Here’s a cute image for you: a cicada and its cousin, the leafhopper, in the same picture. If you look closely, you’ll see they look alike. Cicadas and leafhoppers belong to the same superfamily called Cicadoidea. Cicadas belong to the family Cicadidae, and leafhoppers belong to the family Cicadellidae.

August 13, 2005

How to find and photograph cicadas at night

Filed under: FAQs — Dan @ 10:55 am

A tisket a tasket cicadas on a basket
Check your trees at night for molting cicadas.

Here are some tips for finding and photographing newly emerged cicadas at night:

  1. Look for cicadas on trees where you’ve heard cicadas during the day, or where you’ve seen cicada nymph exoskeletons.
  2. Cicada nymphs emerge from the ground shortly after dusk. You can start your hunt then.
  3. Carry a flashlight and your camera. As you approach a tree, shine the flashlight on the ground close to the tree. You don’t want to step on any of them!
  4. Scan the tree trunk and all the limbs with your flashlight. Once you spot one, get ready with your camera.
  5. If you don’t spot any cicadas after dusk, try a half hour later, and then a half an hour after that, up until 11 pm.
  6. Non-techie digital camera tips:
    1. Set the camera on auto or portrait (usually a picture of a profile).
    2. Set the focus on Macro (usually a picture of a tulip) or manual.
    3. Experiment with these settings.
  7. Don’t touch the cicadas: for the most natural photos, you don’t want them to be disturbed.

Good luck. I hope they’ll work for you!

August 12, 2005

Even more Tibicen photos and some cicada news stories

Filed under: Neotibicen | Tibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 6:30 pm


I’ve added some sweet Tibicen photos to my 2005 Tibicen gallery, including a 1300px version of this photo (perfect for desktop wallpaper).

Identify the cicada!

Filed under: Neotibicen | Tibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 6:21 pm

Update: Gerry Bunker nailed it: it’s a Neotibicen superbus. Notice that the “McDonald’s Arch” is separated.


Here’s a challenge for all you cicada maniacs: identify this cicada! Even I don’t know what it is. Place your guesses in the Comments (see link below).

The photo was taken by Elise Solloway in Oklahoma in August of this year.

August 11, 2005

Nine new Neotibicen photos

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Neotibicen | Tibicen | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 5:19 am

These are photos from 2005. Neotibicen tibicen tibicen aka Swamp or Morning Cicada. Back in 2005 we called them Tibicen chloromera.

August 9, 2005

Tibicen picture of the week

Filed under: Neotibicen | Tibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 5:50 pm

Here’s a fresh picture of a Neotibicen from my backyard:

Tibicen, August 8 2005.

Here’s a picture of the Cicada Mania staff preparing a new post

Filed under: Cicada Mania — Dan @ 5:30 pm

Here’s a picture of the Cicada Mania staff preparing a new post:

Here's a picture of the Cicada Mania staff preparing a new post

(I need a vacation.)

August 7, 2005

22 New Tibicen and Okanagana photos!

Filed under: Neotibicen | Okanagana — Dan @ 9:38 pm

NEW! Gerry Bunker’s Tibicen Gallery: Photos from Gerry who runs the Massachusetts Cicadas web site.

NEW! Elise Solloway’s Tibicen Gallery: Photos taken southwest of Woodward, Oklahoma, the first week in July 2005

Photo by Elise:
Tibicen from Elise

NEW! Sloan Childers’s Tibicen Gallery: Photo taken in Round Rock Texas.

NEW! Natasha’s Okanagana rimosa Gallery: Okanagana rimosa, taken in Edmonton, Alberta.

Brood X: Year of the Cicada documentary

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | Pop Culture | Video — Dan @ 5:53 pm

Director Rohit Colin Rao is getting set to release his documentary Brood X: Year of the Cicada. The documentary focuses on the Brood X emergence of last year. The trailer looks awesome.

Speaking of Brood X, I found a home movie from 2004 on the Internet Archive: Cicadas in Cincinnati, May 2004.

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