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June 1, 2009

13 Years of Cicada Mania

Filed under: Cicada Mania — Dan @ 4:48 pm

Cicada Mania is 13 years old.

In 1996, I started the site to document some Brood II Magicicada photos I took in my back yard and at a friend’s wedding, and the site took off from there.

The site has had 7 different URLs over the years.

In 2004, during the Brood X emergence, the site received 50,000 visitors in a single day and I was interviewed on CNN (Ted Nugent haircut in a ponytail):

2007 and 2008 were great as well. In 2007 I got to meet fellow cicada enthusiasts Roy Troutman, Gene Kritsky, Gerry Bunker and Joe Green, and I was interviewed for a Japanese TV show:

And in 2008 I drove out to Ohio and stayed with Roy Troutman, met Gene Kritsky again, and met John Cooley for the first time.

Here’s the original logo:

Cicada Mania logo

It’s been a fun 13 years.


  1. David E says:

    Excellent hard work and initiative have made a wonderful site for all cicadaphiles. Thanks and congrats Dan. (Lucky you’re not superstitious!)

  2. Congratulations for the 13rd. anniversary of the Cicada Mania, a wonderful website for those who love cicadas.
    Santisuk Vibul

  3. Congratulations! I’ve looked forward to visiting your website each spring and summer, ever since I found your site while developing Kid’s Cicada Hunt in 2000.

    Now I’m jealous of all the folks who are seeing Magicicada this you, and I’m looking forward to our Tibicens emerging, perhaps by the end of this month.

    Thanks for posting on Facebook, so I can keep better track of the Cicada Universe,

    Eric Gyllenhaal

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