Fifteen new cicada species discovered in the Netherlands

This video, recorded in the USA, says about itself:

Amazing Cicada life cycle – Sir David Attenborough‘s Life in the UndergrowthBBC wildlife

24 October 2008

After lying beneath the earth for up to 17 years, cicadas venture above ground as a massive group to shed their larvae shells, sprout wings and sing for a mate. Sir David Attenborough demonstrates how easy it is to hypnotise a male cicada with the click of his fingers in this amazing wildlife video from BBC animal show ‘Life in the Undergrowth’.

Translated from the Dutch entomologists of EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten:

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Cicadas are considered by many entomologists to be difficult animals to recognize. Possibly because many Dutch species are small and only after careful research into their genitals the correct species may be found out. Through focused attention in recent years as many as fifteen new species have been collected in our country, these are described in the latest issue of Entomologische Berichten. In total there are in our country now 402 cicada species.

The Dutch cicada species are two to at maximum 18 millimeters in size, most are about 5 millimeters. Many cicadas are beautifully coloured and have interesting ways of life.

2 thoughts on “Fifteen new cicada species discovered in the Netherlands

  1. Pingback: Glasshouse leafhopper, new species in the Netherlands | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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