periodical cicada

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periodical cicada

Any of several cicadas of the genus Magicicada of the eastern United States that have a 17-year or 13-year life cycle and spend most of their lives underground as nymphs. Broods of periodical cicadas in a given region emerge synchronously in large numbers, metamorphosing into winged adults that mate, lay eggs, and die shortly thereafter.

seventeen′-year` lo′cust

a cicada, Magicicada septendecim, of the eastern U.S., having nymphs that live in the soil, usu. emerging in great numbers after 17 years in the North or 13 years in the South. Also called periodical cicada.
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Noun1.periodical cicada - North American cicadaperiodical cicada - North American cicada; appears in great numbers at infrequent intervals because the nymphs take 13 to 17 years to mature
cicada, cicala - stout-bodied insect with large membranous wings; male has drum-like organs for producing a high-pitched drone
genus Magicicada, Magicicada - seventeen-year locust
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Periodical cicada emergences are always a great chance for citizen science, said Rick Hoebeke, associate curator of arthropods at the Georgia Museum of Natural History at UGA.
The aim of the project was to use voluntary internet reports of sightings to examine spatial and temporal patterns of periodical cicada emergence and document citizen's impressions of the Brood XIX emergence.
In the letters section of the June 2010 issue, we indicated a photo of a cicada was a periodical cicada, Magicicada spp.
A 40 y cubic smoothing spline was used to standardize all of the cores using the computer program ARSTAN (Cook and Holmes, 1986) to remove noise from long-term climate and other environmental factors while maintaining more than 96% of the variance at the 17 y or 13 y time scale associated with the periodical cicada lifecycle.
We inspected and sifted the dirt from each hole, and we removed all periodical cicada nymphs and counted them.
Also similar to salmon, there is a no overlap between the end of one periodical cicada generation and the beginning of the next.
The periodical cicada Brood XIX emerged during May and June 2011 in southernmost Posey County, bringing to five the number of established broods in Indiana.
Effects of periodical cicada emergences on abundance and synchrony of avian populations.
That's the conclusion of the most detailed genetic studies yet of periodical cicada evolutionary history, which Simon and colleagues published in April in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The periodical cicada Brood XIII emerged during May and June 2007 in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties in northwestern Indiana.
Periodical cicada emergences were monitored with surveys of locations where the cicadas had been observed in 1987, 1991, 2001, and 2004.

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