Magicicada cassini


Approximate distribution

Main Magicicada Species Page

Magicicada cassini (Fisher 1851)

Usually smaller than M. septendecim. No orange coloration in front of the wing insertion behind the eye. Abdomen entirely black except in some locations where individuals may have weak ventral yellow-orange marks; if present, these tend to be faded and rarely form complete stripes. Sometimes such individuals may be difficult to distinguish from M. septendecula if the calling song is not available. Calling song phrases consist of a series of ticks followed by a shrill buzz. Males of M. cassini and its close 13-year relative M. tredecassini sometimes synchronize their calls and flights all at once, a display that has been likened to a "giant game of musical chairs". Scale is 1 cm long.

Magicicada cassini songs:

Chorus (M. septendecim in background)
Calling song / Court I (complete phrases)

Court I sonogram

Court II (fragment)
Court II sonogram
Court III (fragment)
Court III sonogram

Magicicada cassini approximate range:

The map above was generated from positive records in the Cicada Central Database on 31 December 2010. The database is not exhaustive, and this map is intended to portray only an approximate, present-day distribution.
Contact the webmaster