Here’s a run down of some of the best Brood XIX cicada news and multimedia from the week.
It appears that Brood XIX’s emergence is now underway in every state they were supposed to emerge in, with the exception of Louisiana, but that could be that no one has reported in from Louisiana yet. You can see the progress of the emergence on Magicicada.org’s 2011 Brood XIX Map. I’m starting to hear that the emergence is winding down in Georgia, while it’s just getting started in Illinois.
Brood XIX is truly the first periodical cicada emergence where social media (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo) became the primary method that people used to share and learn about cicada news and media. The Cicada Mania Facebook Page has been very active all throughout the emergence with many people sharing excellent photos and videos. I’ve been sharing the latest cicada news stories on the CicadaMania Twitter feed. If you want to keep up with the latest cicada news stories, Twitter is a great place to start.
The first white eyed cicada
Here is the first image of a white-eyed Brood XIX cicada that I’ve seen. The credit goes to biologizer on Flickr.
The first Cicada Mania Brood XIX gallery
Thanks to David Green of North Eastern Arkansas for these photos of a Magicicada tredecassini.
Time Lapse videos of cicadas eclosing
A couple of time lapse videos of a cicada eclosing (leaving their old skin and becoming an adult) caught my eye:
Interview of the Week
Dr. John Cooley of Magicicada.org was interviewed by Ira Flatow on Science Friday. Listen to the interview.
Singer / Songwriter Kathy Ashworth wrote a song called Sick of Cicadas, which you can listen to on her website.
This A Basic Guide to the Meaning of the Letters on Cicada Wings (pdf) will help you… figure out what the letters that appear on cicada wings mean.
More cicada videos
Here are some cicada videos that really stood out:
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