Doz. Dr. Werner Witsack,
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg,
FB Biologie, Institut für Zoologie,
Kröllwitzer Straße 44, 06099 Halle/Saale,
Tel. 0345/5526387

Dr. Roland Achtziger,
TU Bergakademie Freiberg,
Interdisziplinäres Ökologisches Zentrum, AG Biologie,
Leipziger Straße 29, 09599 Freiberg,
Tel. 03731/39-3397, Fax 03731/39-3012

Dr. Werner E. Holzinger,
ÖKOTEAM - Institut für Faunistik und Tierökologie,
Bergmanngasse 22, A-8010 Graz, Österreich,
Tel. 0043/0316/351650

Dr. Herbert Nickel,
Institut für Zoologie, Anthropologie und Entwicklungsbiologie,
Abteilung Ökologie,
Berliner Straße 28, 37073 Göttingen,
Tel. 0551/39-5529, Fax 0551/39-5448


Study group "Cicadas and hoppers"


The study group is mainly occupied with problems of ecology, systematics and zoogeography of middle-European cicadas and hoppers (Auchenorrhyncha. Fulgoromorpha and Cicadomorpha). Furthermore, some colleagues work on jumping plant lice (Psyllidae), true bugs (Heteroptera), big-headed flies (Diptera: Pipunculidae) and twisted-wing parasites (Strepsiptera). The study group issues the worldwide unique journal “Cicadina” that is solely dedicated to cicadas and hoppers.



Since 1994, the study group meets once per year, mostly in the late summer. The last meeting was organized by Roland Mühlethaler and Hannelore Hoch 30.08.-01.09.2013 at the Museum of Natural History in Berlin; the coming 2014 meeting will probably be held in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is to be announced here on this website. The meetings are regularly referred in the DGaaE-Nachrichten.




The first part of the book on cicadas and hoppers of Middle Europe providing identification keys was published 2003 by members of the study group (W.E. Holzinger, I. Kammerlander & H. Nickel). A field guide to cicadas and hoppers of Germany with additions on Benelux states (R. Biedermann & R. Niedringhaus, 2004) as well as a photo atlas of the cicadas and hoppers of Germany (G. Kunz, H. Nickel, R. Niedringhaus, 2011) complete the 3-volume series.