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July 11, 2023

Lyric Cicada Nymph and Adult Comparison

Filed under: Neotibicen — Tags: — Dan @ 11:15 am

The Lyric Cicada (Neotibicen lyricen) is found in most states west of the Rocky Mountains.

This is what a Lyric Cicada nymph looks like before it molts:
Neotibicen lyricen nymph

This is what it looks like as an adult:
Neotibicen lyricen adult

Hardened Lyricen 02(large)

Note that the Lyric Cicada’s eye color (brown), wing vein color (green), and foreleg color (orange-brown) are visible as a nymph and adult.

Here’s the in-between teneral phase:

Lyric Cicada Teneral

May 27, 2023

2023 Magicicada straggler update

Filed under: Brood X | Brood XIII | Brood XIV | Brood XIX | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 6:49 am

Updated for June 7th!

Here’s a map of 2023 Magicicada straggler sightings from 2023 Magicicada stragglers iNaturalist project and the Cicada Safari app. Dr. Gene Kritsky compiled the map.

Kritsky map June 7

It looks like there are plenty of stragglers from these broods:

Learn about Magicicada stragglers.

May 22, 2023

The Lucky Cicada Keychain as sold in Japan

Filed under: Japan | Lucky Cicada Key Chain — Dan @ 4:31 pm

If you’ve visited this website over the past 27 years, you might be familiar with the saga of the lucky cicada key chain.

In this latest chapter, we’ve obtained a version of the noisy toy as was sold in Japan (images below). Note that it does not include a keychain/ring, and sadly no longer makes a sound. Thanks to Roy for finding this on eBay.

The Lucky Cicada Keychain as sold in Japan

The Lucky Cicada Keychain as sold in Japan

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April 13, 2023

Brood XIII and Brood XIX Magicicada will both emerge in 2024

Filed under: Brood XIII | Brood XIX | Periodical — Dan @ 9:42 am

News! A Brood XIX straggler has emerged in Georgia! More stragglers have been sighted in Hartselle AL, Pittsboro, NC, Chattanooga, TN, Asheboro, NC, and Chapel Hill, NC.

2024 will be a “magical” year for cicada fans because the periodical cicada broods XIII and XIX will emerge in 2024. These broods co-emerge every 221 years (13 X 17). The last time they co-emerged was in 1803, the same year as the Louisiana Purchase (the same year the U.S. got Brood XIX states Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma). Coincidence? Perhaps.

Thomas Jefferson thinking of the cicadas he just bought.

Brood XIII (13) has a 17-year lifecycle and is found in the states of IA, IL, IN, MI, and WI. This brood features the species Magicicada septendecim, Magicicada cassini, and Magicicada septendecula.

People (cicada tourists) have begun to ask “Where is the best place to see Brood XIII in 2024?”. I can recommend the Ryerson Conservation Area in Deerfield, IL. See photos and videos from my trip there in 2007. Illinois has both Brood XIII and Brood XIX, and all 7 Magicicada species. So you could spend a week in southern Illinois for Brood XIX and then travel north to Deerfield for Brood XIII.

Brood XIX (19) has a 13-year lifecycle and is found in the states of AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, and VA. This brood is also known as the Great Southern Brood and features the species Magicicada tredecim, Magicicada neotredecim, Magicicada tredecassini, and Magicicada tredecula.

Do these broods overlap? If they do, it’s in the Springfield, Illinois area. Springfield is a good place for your cicada sightseeing “basecamp”. Take a look at these maps on the UCONN Cicadas website: Brood XIX and Brood XIII.

Your next chance to see and hear two broods co-emerge will be in 2037 when Brood XIX and Brood IX (9) emerge.

February 28, 2023

Free book about the cicadas of Brazil: Cigarras do Brasil

Filed under: Brazil — Dan @ 10:27 pm

Get yourself a free book about the cicadas of Brazil: Cigarras do Brasil. Visit this link and download the PDF!

The books was made by:
Vera L. Nunes
Tatiana P. Ruschel
Douglas B. H. Maccagnan
Paula C. Simões
Ruler C. Acosta

Cigarras do Brasil

December 31, 2022

2023 Cicada Forecast

Filed under: Brood XXII | Cicada Mania — Dan @ 10:34 am

This is the Cicada Forecast for 2023. Visit the cicada forecast for 2024.

UPDATE CICADA

Periodical cicadas: No periodical cicadas in the United States, India, or Fiji are expected to emerge in 2023.

There is a chance of Brood XXII Magicicada stragglers emerging 4 years early in parts of Ohio, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Read the paper Evolution and Geographic Extent of a Surprising Northern Disjunct Population of 13-Year Cicada Brood XXII (Hemiptera: Cicadidae, Magicicada). Spurious (small, unmapped) broods of Magicicada are possible.

Protoperiodical cicadas: Emergences of protoperiodical cicadas depend on multiple factors including species, location, and cumulative rainfall. Protoperiodical species belonging to the genera Okanagana and Platypedia have years of great abundance but are not as predictable as Periodical cicadas like Magciciada. We can’t say exactly when they’ll emerge in your location.

Scientists like Tim McNary track Platypedia putnami looking for a pattern in their emergences. Certain Okanagana emerge depending on factors like proximity to other species and rainfall accumulations (read Chatfield-Taylor 2020).

Both Periodical and Protoperiodical lifecycles appear to help these cicadas avoid total consumption by above-ground predators by overwhelming them in great numbers (too many to eat them all, so some always survive).

Annual cicadas: Most cicadas appear annually, so we expect most cicadas that emerged in 2022 to emerge in 2023.

Somewhat related: Dog-day cicadas (Neotibicen) are named for the time of year when the Dog-start Sirius first appears in sky. Depending on where you are in the U.S., latitudinally speaking, Sirius should enter the pre-dawn sky between July 29th (Key West, FL) and August 15th (Bangor Maine) give or take a day.

We can expect to see Cacama, Diceroprocta, Hadoa, Megatibicen, Neocicada, Neotibicen, and Quesada in North Amercia. Europe can expect Cicada orni, Lyristes, and Many other species. Japan can expect Auritibicen, Hyalessa, and many other species.

Countries in the southern hemisphere experience cicada-friendly weather September-March, so most locations in South America, Africa, southern Asia, Australia, and New Zealand that experience cicadas are in the midst of their cicada seasons at the start of 2023. Keep an eye on the latest cicada observations on iNaturalist.

While there are highs and lows in abundance, at least some annual emerge every year. Looking at how often people in Australia search for cicadas & cicada gives us a hint at how abundant cicadas are each year. Do you see a pattern?

Google Trends searches for Cicada & Cicadas in Australia:
Australia Data from 2012 to 2022

The future of cicadas on Earth: with each year the number of cicadas grows less and less. Cutting forests for giant warehouses, new neighborhoods, and even solar farms destroys cicada habitat. Spraying pesticides for invasive and nuisance insects eliminates cicadas as well as less desirable insects. Splitting woodland and meadows with new roads sub-divides cicada habitats and reduces their chance to meet and reproduce. If you see and hear fewer cicadas with each passing year, you know why.

December 21, 2022

An excellent video about different species of cicadas in Japan

Filed under: Japan — Dan @ 9:13 pm

This is an excellent video about different species of cicadas in Japan:

日本のセミ 鳴き声集『16種のセミ』【2022年バージョン】

The video was made by @SumatoragohanCicada.

I’m going to take some time and add time stamps and species names for English watchers.

December 20, 2022

Video of a Mogannia minuta cicada

Filed under: Mogannia — Tags: — Dan @ 10:53 pm

Enjoy this video of a Mogannia minuta by saku dainaman2 on YouTube:

A video of a Meimuna kuroiwae cicada

Filed under: Japan | Meimuna | News — Tags: — Dan @ 10:15 pm

Enjoy this video of a Meimuna kuroiwae by saku dainaman2 on YouTube:

December 8, 2022

Unusual Cicada Merchandise, part 2

Filed under: Toys and Amusements — Dan @ 6:58 pm

This is part two of my search for unusual cicada merchandise. Here’s part 1.

These I found on eBay, so they might be gone by the time you read this. I might have bought them all.

Kaiyodo Kabaya Large brown cicada (Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata) Insect Figure

Visit the eBay listing.

Kaiyodo Kabaya Large brown cicada (Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata) Insect Figure

This is a model of a molting Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata aka aburazemi cicada. Very nice!

Cicada Man “Ultra Q” M-Ichigo 1991 Japan rare figure

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Cicada Man "Ultra Q" M-Ichigo 1991 Japan rare figure

This is an action figure of Cicada Man aka Semi-Ningen from the Japanese TV show Ultraman. I own a green, orange and brown version of this. The price of the current eBay auction is good! I’ve paid close to $100 for Cicada Man in the past.

Bandai 1:1 Japan Exclusive Cicada Molt Shell Beetle Insect Bug Prize E Figure

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Bandai 1:1 Japan Exclusive Cicada Molt Shell Beetle Insect Bug Prize E Figure

This is a model of a cicada nymph. Looks like it comes with the original box. Nice!

Cicada Man Cicadaman I’m Baaaaack Bobblehead 2004 RARE

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Cicada Man Cicadaman I’m Baaaaack Bobblehead 2004 RARE

I own one of these. It’s amazing! The bobblehead celebrates the 2004 emergence of Brood X, I believe in the Cincinnati area.

Weekly Japanese Natural Monument Mini Figure #41 Himeharu-Zemi Cicada Kaiyodo

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Weekly Japanese Natural Monument Mini Figure #41 Himeharu-Zemi Cicada Kaiyodo

This is another impressive model of an actual cicada: Himeharu-Zemi (aka Euterpnosia chibensis).

TOMY INSECT CAGE GALLERY CICADA PLASTIC TOY LIGHT & SOUND

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TOMY INSECT CAGE GALLERY CICADA PLASTIC TOY LIGHT & SOUND

This one is neato. It’s a model of a cicada with its own enclosure. It also lights up and makes a sound. I might have to buy it.

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