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November 20, 2014

White eyed magicicada by Roy Troutman

Here is a video of a rare white eyed magicicada. This is from a gene mutation that strepps the color from the cicadas eyes & also wings to some extent.

White eyed magicicada from Roy Troutman.

May 22, 2011

Cicada Contest: Find a Cicada with White Eyes and Win a Prize

Filed under: Brood XIX,Eye Color,Video — by @ 8:35 pm

The White-eyed cicada contest is complete!

I had ten “I Love Cicada” pins sitting in a bag in my office. Ten people found a white-eyed cicada, sent me a photo and won “I Love Cicadas pins”!

  1. Our first pin winner is Joey Simmons of Nashville, TN Photo 1, Photo 2
  2. Our second winner is Meagan Lang of Nashville, TN Photo 1, Photo 2, More…
  3. Our third winner is Serena Cochrane of Gerald MO See the photo.
  4. Our fourth winner is Melissa Han of Nashville TN Photo.
  5. Our fifth winners are Jane and Evan Skinner of Troy MO Photo.
  6. Our sixth winner is Phyllis Rice of Poplar Bluff MO Photo.
  7. Our seventh winner is Jack Willey of Nashville TV Photo 1, Photo 2.
  8. Our eighth winner is Chris Lowry of Nashville TN Photo 1, Photo 2.
  9. Our ninth winner is Nathan Voss of Spring Hill TN Photo.
  10. Our tenth and final winner is Paul Stuve of Columbia, MO Photo.

All white-eyed cicada photos: See their photos of a white eyed Magicicada.

Here’s the prize pins:

(more…)

May 9, 2011

Look out for Magicicadas with white eyes

Filed under: Eye Color,Magicicada,Video — by @ 5:22 pm

Most of the periodical cicadas you’ll see have red or reddish-orange eyes. A very small number, however, have white, blue, or yellow eyes. Some even have amazing multi-colored eyes. Have you seen any white eyed periodical cicadas yet? Be on the look out for them, and make sure you take a photo or video when you see one. Have a contest with your friends and family to see who can find the first white or blue eyed cicada. If you have a TV station, radio show or local website, you could have a contest for who can find the first white eyed cicada. I personally have only found one white eyed cicada (video below), so I have to guess that the odds are at least one in 10,000.

Here’s a photo of a white eyed Magicicada cicada Roy Troutman found back in 2007:

White Eyed Cicada

Roy took a photo of a blue eyed cicada, and I made a t-shirt from the image (I use the mug version for my morning coffee).

This is a video of white eyed cicada I recorded back in 2007:

All photos of periodical cicadas with different color eyes.

June 18, 2008

Close up photos of marble-colored cicada eyes

Filed under: Brood XIV,Eye Color,Roy Troutman — by @ 8:51 pm

High-res versions of Roy Troutman’s marble-eyed cicada photos. Fascinating. You can see a color variation in all 5 eyes!

Upclose on Marble eyed 17 year cicada

Close up of marble eyed cicada

June 17, 2008

More totally awesome marble-eyed cicada photos

Filed under: Brood XIV,Eye Color,Roy Troutman — by @ 10:21 am

Roy has obtained another marble-eyed 17 year cicada found by Mike & Reed Finfrock of West Chester, Ohio.

Grey Red Marble Eyed Magicicada

Red Gray Marble eyed cicada

White eyes are unique, maybe one in 100,000, but these marble eyed cicadas seem to be even more rare. They look like the red was torn away, revealing the gray below (like something you would see on a blinged out Honda Civic or an 80’s metal guitar).

June 12, 2008

Amazing cicada with white & orange colored eyes

Filed under: Brood XIV,Eye Color,Roy Troutman — by @ 8:24 pm

Here’s something that’s truly amazing — a 17 year cicada with marble-colored eyes. White eyed cicadas are rare — but a mixed color eye cicada is amazing. Roy and the person how found the cicada should go play the lottery tonight, because luck is on their side.

Marble-eyed Magicicada

June 10, 2008

White eyed Magicicada

Filed under: Brood XIV,Eye Color,Roy Troutman — by @ 8:05 pm

Here’s some photos of Roy’s white eyed 17 year cicadas.

White eyed 17 year cicada

White eyed 17 year cicada

White eyed 17 year cicada

June 27, 2007

The final winner in the blue eyed cicada contest

Filed under: Brood XIII,Eye Color — by @ 5:18 pm

Michael Jimms sent us this photo of a blue eyed Magicicada:

blue eyed cicada

Michael won the last button in the blue/white/gray eyed cicada category.

Congratulations to all the winners. There are still prizes left in the contest: for Multi Colored Eyed cicadas, and for an emerging nymph with white eyes. Good luck.

June 25, 2007

2 more cicada contest winners

Filed under: Brood XIII,Eye Color — by @ 3:54 pm

A creamy white eyed cicada from Morton Grove by Judy Thorpe:

White eyed cicada

And…

A true-blue eyed cicada from Western Springs by Matt Weiss:

Blue eyed cicada

June 21, 2007

Another Blue/White Eye Contest Winner

Filed under: Brood XIII,Eye Color,Magicicada — by @ 6:35 am

Here’s a white eyed cicada from Grayson Martin.

White Eyed cicada

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