Magicicada cassini

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Magicicada cassini
Magicicada cassini female ovipositing - journal.pone.0000892.g005.png
A Magicicada cassini female ovipositing
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Cicadidae
Genus: Magicicada
Species: M. cassini
Binomial name
Magicicada cassini
(Fisher, 1851)

Magicicada cassini, sometimes called the dwarf periodical cicada is a species of periodical cicada endemic to the United States. It has a 17-year lifecycle but is otherwise indistinguishable from the 13-year periodical cicada Magicicada tredecassini. The two species are usually discussed together as "cassini periodical cicadas" or "cassini-type periodical cicadas." Unlike other periodical cicadas, cassini-type males may synchronize their courting behavior so that tens of thousands of males sing and fly in unison.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Periodical Cicada Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Capinera, John L. (2008). Encyclopedia of Entomology. Springer. p. 2792. ISBN 1-4020-6242-7. 

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