The US state of Georgia includes the range of several periodical cicada broods and is the southernmost state in which Brood X periodical cicadas emerge; however, no research has focused on this brood in this state. We used reports of sightings on social media, communication with the public, and our own searches to determine the geographic range in Georgia and timing of biological events. Both adults and exuviae were identified to species to determine the species makeup at those locations. The first Brood X adult was photographed on April 26 in Lumpkin County, and Magicicada septendecim L. was the most common species. Online records and site visits led to distribution records in nine counties, including six that provided no records in the 2004 emergence. Driving surveys revealed patchy distributions of chorusing adults and species distribution modeling further predicted locations where Brood X can be found in future surveys. We observed cicada oviposition scars at two locations and found no effect of host plant on presence or density of scars. Lastly, collections of dead adults showed female remains were less common and more likely to be dismembered. Further investigations of the periodical cicadas in Georgia are recommended to better understand the phenology, evolution, and ecology of these remarkable insects.
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Oxford University Press (OUP)
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11 March 2023
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