The Plague and the Puzzle
by Gene Kritsky
2004, 147 pages, 54 figures (some color, 21 maps), 5 tables, key, extensive bibliography. The brood range maps are as compelling as the historical accounting is complete. Periodical cicadas are the bugs of history. When first encountered by settlers in the New World, they were first thought of as a plague and later as a harbinger of war. This public fear was replaced with the puzzle of their biology as natural historians started to study these insects- insects that use time as a survival strategy.
The book takes the reader on a historical tour of the periodical cicadas by reviewing unpublished and rarely read papers on cicadas, written over a 260-year period. This background provides the foundation for a review of the new discoveries made during the past century and the distribution of the broods.
Periodical Cicadas: the Plague and the Puzzle is the ideal book to start your own study of these fascinating insects. Hardcover with dust jacket; 6 x 9″.
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