Title

12. Oviposition of Brood X periodical cicadas in Georgia

Faculty Mentor(s)

Evan Lampert

Campus

Gainesville

Proposal Type

Poster

Subject Area

Biology

Location

Nesbitt 3110

Start Date

25-3-2022 12:00 PM

End Date

25-3-2022 1:00 PM

Description/Abstract

Native to the eastern United States, periodical cicadas (genus Magicicada) synchronously emerge en masse after spending 13-17 years underground. Following emergence, cicadas mate and insert eggs into tree branches. Oviposition site selection represents a long-term habitat choice, as root-feeding nymphs remain underground for over a decade after hatching. Here, oviposition site selection was investigated for Brood X periodical cicadas in northern Georgia. The presence of flagging, tree branches killed by cicada oviposition, and presence and number of oviposition scars were compared among different tree genera and sizes. There was no effect of tree genus on the presence of flagging or oviposition scars or on the number of scars. Larger trees were less likely to have observable scars but more likely to have flagging, likely as an artifact of the inability to perceive scars on high branches. Cicadas are generalists in oviposition behavior, selecting a wide variety of woody plants.

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12. Oviposition of Brood X periodical cicadas in Georgia

Nesbitt 3110

Native to the eastern United States, periodical cicadas (genus Magicicada) synchronously emerge en masse after spending 13-17 years underground. Following emergence, cicadas mate and insert eggs into tree branches. Oviposition site selection represents a long-term habitat choice, as root-feeding nymphs remain underground for over a decade after hatching. Here, oviposition site selection was investigated for Brood X periodical cicadas in northern Georgia. The presence of flagging, tree branches killed by cicada oviposition, and presence and number of oviposition scars were compared among different tree genera and sizes. There was no effect of tree genus on the presence of flagging or oviposition scars or on the number of scars. Larger trees were less likely to have observable scars but more likely to have flagging, likely as an artifact of the inability to perceive scars on high branches. Cicadas are generalists in oviposition behavior, selecting a wide variety of woody plants.