Cicadas of Ontario

Ontario has 10 species of cicadas. They are quite easy to identify by song, but a bit more challenging by sight. This guide includes audio as well as range information and details for identifying all of them from photos. I hope it is helpful!

Thanks to input from a couple cicada experts and others interested in Ontario cicadas for helping improve the guide.

Please let me know if you see any mistakes or have any suggestions!

由使用者 upupa-epops upupa-epops2021年07月13日 15:29 所貼文


Very helpful - thank you!

發佈由 gullchasedship 大約 3 年 前

Nicely done! Thank you!

發佈由 pdsmith 大約 3 年 前

This is helpful from an Ontario perspective. A few things I have noticed from listening to cicadas for a few years and comparing songs to those on the website "Song of Insects" which is excellent. In Brantford of the larger species, I only hear Northern Dog-Day Cicada. I have never heard Linne's (Angled Dog-Day Cicada) and yet when I go to Stratford (frequently) I hear Linne's there and I am not sure I have heard Northern. I find this regional distribution fascinating. On the 5th of August 2019 I heard what sounded like a dead-ringer for Swamp Cicada sing in my backyard in Brantford twice. I did not respond to recordings from "Songs of Insects". On reflection I wonder if these species have any ability to stray and I consider that it is quite possible it was a very odd-sounding Northern. I heard what sounded like Swamp Cicada at Rondeau P.P. in August of 2017. Also, I have heard Northern Dusk-singing Cicada at Point Pelee, probably 5-6 years ago. Point Pelee is a wonderful place to hear cicadas in the late summer on hot days, especially at dusk. I'm not sure what the predominant species there is, possibly Linne's, but Northern Dog-Day is there, quite possibly Lyric and the aforementioned Northern Dusk-singing.

發佈由 billlamond 超過 2 年 前

I found your journals based on a comment you made on journal functionality in the forum. I have been looking for ways to structure identification guides. I like your integration of google slides.

發佈由 whitneybrook 超過 1 年 前

This article provides detailed information on the different types of cicadas found in the province, as well as their unique characteristics and behaviors. Also it gives a good background on the annual and periodical emergence cycles of cicadas, and their sounds. The writing is clear and easy to understand, and the information presented is well-researched and accurate. Overall, it is an excellent article that is both informative and enjoyable to read!

發佈由 manumanuswi 超過 1 年 前

Hey thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

發佈由 upupa-epops 超過 1 年 前

Thank you for this resource!

發佈由 hannahstockford 7 個月 前


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