periodical cicada


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periodical cicada

n.
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


n.
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.
[1810–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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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.
We inspected and sifted the dirt from each hole, and we removed all periodical cicada nymphs and counted them.
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April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- PA Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff today said that the periodical cicada will emerge over much of Pennsylvania beginning next month, after 17 years underground.
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.
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Effects of periodical cicada emergences on abundance and synchrony of avian populations.
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The insect event of the year in 2004 was the mass emergence of Brood X, the 17-year periodical cicada, Magicicada spp.
All three periodical cicada species, Magicicada septendecim, Magicicada cassini, and Magicicada septendecula emerged during the 2004 emergence.

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