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- proper n. The genus of various species of North America cicada, whose nymphs take 13 or 17 years to mature, so that the adults emerge in great numbers at infrequent intervals.
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If you are not in the midwest or in the United States you may not have heard... we get the periodical Cicada... or the Magicicada... they rise from the ground and climb into the trees every 17 years in droves!
Some species have much longer life cycles, such as the North American genus, Magicicada, which has a number of distinct "broods" that go through either a 17-year or, in the South of the USA, a 13-year life cycle.
In an effort to involve the public, people living in or visiting the regions that are home to the cicadas were invited to report cicada sightings via the Magicicada web site.
Simon, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, monitored the effort from her UConn lab, providing feedback to the team in the field and answering inquiries about the emergence of the periodical cicadas, a species known as Magicicada.
Modern transportation, highly accurate base maps, GPS technology, and a better understanding of periodical cicada biology provide unprecedented opportunities for accurately mapping Magicicada populations. "