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New Information On An Elusive Green Cicada
2013-09-13 12:54:17

Entomological Society of America For nearly 80 years, the North American cicada Okanagana viridis has received little attention in scientific literature, but a new article in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America provides the first notes on the song and ecology of this elusive species, and updates its known range. O. viridis is unusual in a large genus of 60 otherwise arid- or cold-adapted, mostly western U.S. species, in that it is found in the temperate deciduous southern...

How Do Cicadas Make Sound
2013-05-31 14:58:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are looking into how cicadas are able to make those extraordinarily loud sounds that annoy us all throughout the summer. A research team from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) looked into cicadas' unique ability to produce these loud noises, which paves the way to make devices that would mimic it for remote sensing underwater, ship-to-ship communications, rescue operations and other applications. Scientists...

Brood II Cicada Storm Coming, Could Outnumber Humans 600 To One
2013-05-07 14:10:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A storm is coming and any day now millions of people on the east coast from Georgia to Connecticut will feel its inescapable wrath. After 17 relatively quiet years, the Brood II storm will emerge with billions of cicadas overrunning the eastern US. While it is nearly impossible to know for sure just how many of these otherwise harmless pests will arrive, some experts believe they will outnumber humans by 600 to one in the insect's...

2013-04-23 23:02:55

The Magicicada septendecim or Brood II will be emerging from the ground across the East Coast; the question is when? Sterling, VA (PRWEB) April 23, 2013 Sutron Corporation, a global leader in environmental monitoring, has put its sophisticated monitoring systems into action to provide real-time tracking and alerting of the local ground temperature and the best data on the pending emergence of the Magicicada septendecim or Brood II. This particular Brood resurfaces every 17 years, and it is...

A Storm Is Coming In The Form Of The 17-Year Cicada
2013-04-02 15:00:20

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Every 17 years, the Eastern seaboard plays host to millions and millions of visitors who arrive with only one purpose in mind: to mate. The Magicicada septendecim Brood II, or periodical cicada has an unusual life cycle and spends most of its days living underground, living on the bounty of tree roots. Then, when they near the end of their life, they emerge to breed and procreate. Very shortly afterwards, they die before...

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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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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 Magicicada 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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