The first Meimuna opalifera cicadas were reported in central Japan as far back as 2011. Photo: Shutterstock The first Meimuna opalifera cicadas were reported in central Japan as far back as 2011. Photo: Shutterstock
The first Meimuna opalifera cicadas were reported in central Japan as far back as 2011. Photo: Shutterstock

How cicadas from China invaded Japan – on broomsticks

  • A researcher has discovered that brooms imported from China – carrying cicada eggs in the wood – were not quarantined at ports
  • This allowed the Meimuna opalifera species to gain a foothold in Japan, joining other invasive species such as snapping turtles and raccoons

Topic |   Japan
The first Meimuna opalifera cicadas were reported in central Japan as far back as 2011. Photo: Shutterstock The first Meimuna opalifera cicadas were reported in central Japan as far back as 2011. Photo: Shutterstock
The first Meimuna opalifera cicadas were reported in central Japan as far back as 2011. Photo: Shutterstock
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