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Family Cicadidae - Cicadas

Magicicada cassini - Magicicada Cicadidae - Neotibicen linnei Small Cicada with Wing Spots - Pacarina puella Okanagana rimosa, a cicada at Tower Lake, Hanwell, New Brunswick - Okanagana rimosa - male Platypedia putnami? - Platypedia putnami Neotibicen linnei - male Cicada 15mm - Platypedia Small Grass Cicada - Cicadettana calliope
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha (Cicadas, Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas)
Family Cicadidae (Cicadas)
Other Common Names
Locust, Harvestfly, Jarfly
several correct pronunciations (Merriam Webster): suh-KAY-duh (sə-ˈkā-də), plural cicadas/cicadae —AUS, CAN, n.USA • suh-KAH-duh (sə-ˈkä-də) —UK, CAN, so. & w.USA
Explanation of Names
Cicadidae Latreille 1802
Type genus: Cicada Linnaeus 1758 (Old World), Latin 'buzzer' (onomatopoeic)
172 spp. & 22 subspecies in 18 genera, 8 tribes, and 3 subfamilies in our area(1), >3,400 spp. in >500 genera of 5 subfamilies total(2)
25—50 mm
see (1)
Typically deciduous forests but also grasslands
Adults active primarily May―Oct
nymphs feed on plant roots underground • symbiotic X-proteobacteria Hodgkinia cicadicola help the insect get amino acids.(3)
Life Cycle
Males sing loudly during the day to attract mates
cicadas do little damage to crops or trees
Cicadas lack a sense of smell, and thus do not have calyces on the mushroom bodies in their brain.
Print References
Internet References
Cicadas of Florida fact sheet (Walker & Moore 2014)(10)
Cicada Mania —"all things cicada"
Works Cited
1.The Cicadas of North America North of Mexico
Sanborn A.F., Heath M.S. 2017. Entomological Society of America. 302 pp.
2.Catalogue of Life
3.The Insects : Structure and Function
R. F. Chapman. 1998. Cambridge University Press.
4.Catalogue of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae) of Continental North America North of Mexico.
Sanborn, A.F. and M.S. Heath. 2012. Thomas Say Publications in Entomology: Mongraphs.; Entomological Society of America, Lanham, MD. 227 pp.
5.Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico.
Sanborn, A.F., and P.K. Phillips. 2013. Diversity 5: 166–239.
6.Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha)
Allen F. Sanborn. 2014. Academic Press (Elsevier Inc.).
7.Simon C. (2015) Cicada Central
8.Cicadas of Michigan
10.University of Florida: Featured Creatures