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2011-05-15 07:35:00

Throughout the southern United States and as far north as Illinois and Indiana, the noisy sounds of billions of red-eyed cicadas are ringing out for the first time since 1998.After living quietly underground for the past 13 years, the insects -- dubbed the "Great Southern Brood" by scientists -- are emerging to mate and quickly die off.One traveler through the area said he heard a high-pitched whirring so loud he thought the engine of his truck was overheating. "I was getting ready to raise...

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2009-08-15 07:45:00

Some common life forms, like cicadas, depend on complex symbiotic relationships with specialized microbes to produce essential nutrients John McCutcheon remembers the song of the cicada--the loudest song in the insect world--as the sound track to countless summer hours spent playing outside his childhood home in Rockford, Ill. So when McCutcheon, a molecular biologist at the University of Arizona, recently heard cicadas singing outside of his Tucson office, he again took notice--but this time...

2009-08-11 09:23:26

Cicadas - better known for providing the soundtrack of our hot summer are remarkably interesting animals, they are the longest living insects "“ 17 years for some species "“ but spent 99% of this time underground to then emerge for a few weeks, reproduce and finally die. Now a study of north-African and Mediterranean cicadas by scientists in Portugal and the UK uncover yet more interesting data on the group by revealing that these species although differentiated by their mating...

2009-07-15 00:14:15

Bug experts in central Texas say giant cicadas have been churning out their distinctive and annoying noise around the clock. Entomologists said the population boom may have its origin in the heavy rains of 2007, but whatever the reason, it has been impressive, the San Antonio News-Express reported Monday. They usually don't sing all day long or all night long unless there are a whole lot of them, said David Huffman, a Texas State University biology professor. By far and away, in terms of...

2008-07-09 18:00:05

By Emily Canal, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass. Jul. 9--SANDWICH -- Talk about lemonade out of lemons: Katheryn Maloney and Brady Cullinan made jewels out of this summer's cicada swarm. Yesterday, amid the tents of baked goods and vegetables at the Sandwich Farmers Market at Oakcrest Cove Field off Quaker Meetinghouse Road, their table featured earrings and necklaces made with colored beads, sea glass and dead bugs. The business partners, both 17, residents of Sandwich and seniors...

2008-06-17 00:00:15

By John McCoy The recent cicada emergence in parts of West Virginia has triggered a feeding frenzy for fish. With zillions of big, clumsy chunks of protein splashing to the water's surface, it doesn't take even the dumbest fish long to figure out that the critters are good to eat. Matt Yeager, the superintendent at Beech Fork State Park, said that even carp and catfish have gotten in on the act. "It's the darnedest thing," he said. "A cicada will fall to the water, and WHOOSH! A carp...

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2004-11-26 06:39:53

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even in death, the 17-year cicadas made their mark. Their decaying carcasses gave a super-size boost in nutrients to forest soil and stimulated seed and nitrogen production in a plant important to the forest ecosystem, researchers reported in Friday's issue of the journal Science. The findings might explain why tree growth increases for several years after a major cicada emergence, experts said. Bard College professor Felicia Keesing likened it to someone pouring a pound...


Latest Cicadas Reference Libraries

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2005-09-09 08:22:08

A cicada is any of several insects of the order Hemiptera, suborder Homoptera, with small eyes wide apart on the head and transparent well-veined wings. Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates. Taxonomy There are many thousands of cicada species. The largest are in the genera Pomponia and Tacua. There are some 200 species in 38 genera in Australia, about 100 in the Palaearctic and exactly one species in England, the New Forest Cicada (Melampsalta montana), which is widely...

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2005-08-25 11:14:44

Magicicada is the genus of the 13- and 17- year periodical cicadas of eastern North America. These insects display a unique combination of long life cycles, periodicity, and mass emergences. They sometimes go by the common name "seventeen-year locust", but they are not locusts at all; locusts belong to the order Orthoptera. Taxonomy There are seven recognized species. Three species have a 17-year cycle: M. cassini (Linnaeus, 1758) M. septendecim (Fisher) M. septendecula (Alexander...

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