Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Sexual Signaling in Periodical Cicadas, Magicicada spp. (Hemiptera: Cicadidae)

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Behaviour

Periodical cicada (Magicicada spp.) sexual pair formation takes place in dense aggregations and involves intense male-male competition for limited mating opportunities. Pair-forming behavior in these species has been poorly understood because of limited knowledge of sexual communication. We have found that sexually receptive female Magicicada flick their wings in timed response to an individual chorusing male; this previously unrecognized female response is hereafter referred to as a 'wing-flick' signal. We document the nature, timing, and species-specificity of this signal as well as its absence in both immature and mated females. We also document changes in male chorusing and searching behavior in response to wing-flick signals and male responses to the signals' visual and acoustical components. We test the hypothesis that female sensory psychology has shaped the evolution of-decim calls by favoring frequency-modulated male calls that are more readily distinguishable in an intense background chorus. Within mating aggregations, male Magicicada attempt to usurp ongoing courtships and also engage in interference competition by acoustically obscuring the calls of potential interlopers, reducing the likelihood of a female response.


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Behaviour — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation