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Notes on Texas Periodical Cicadas

Family Cicadidae: Subfamily Cicadettinae: Genus Magicacada

17-year Cicadas are currently calling in north Texas

Fannin Co. Brood IV

Specimens collected in Fannin Co. by Tim Brys of the Dallas Zoo Insectarium, who reports:
"It was almost uncomfortable to listen to but not quite." Photo by Valerie Wielard

17-year Periodical Cicada - Brood IV - The Kansan Brood
The southern portion of Brood IV barely crosses the Red River in north Texas
Brood IV emerges in years 1981, 1998, 2015, 2032
(13-year Periodic Cicada Brood XIX may also enter northeastmost Texas)

Brood IV in Texas

In 2015, all seven species of Periodical Cicadas will emerge in eastern North America!

Important relevant Periodical Cicada links from Magicicada Central

Magicicada 2015 brood mapping project information packet (media kit)

Periodical Cicada Brood Chart

Static map of distribution of Brood IV - ranges from north Texas to southeastern Iowa

Map showing presence/absence of Magicicadas heard while driving - current research is confirming 100 year old historical n. TX records (see Marlatt, 1907, pg. 37)

Report your sightings here

YouTube video overview of the 7 species of Periodical Cicadas (9 mins) - Cicada Mania

Magicicada cassinii (Fisher) - Photographs, Song Recordings and Maps

June is the last month to see Periodical Cicadas - BugGuide data


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Moore, T.E. 2000-2008. Checklist of cicadas North of Mexico. In: Walker, T.J. & Moore, T.E. 2000-2008. Singing Insects of North America.

Sanborn, A.F. and M.S. Heath. 2012. Catalogue of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae) of Continental North America North of Mexico. Thomas Say Monographs of the Entomological Society of America. Entomological Society of America, Lanham, MD. 227 pp.

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Additonal North American Cicadas Referencesedited by Dr. Thomas E. Moore, Curator, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

15 June 2015   Mike Quinn / / Texas Entomology / Texas Cicada Information