Is it true that someone has offered a reward for a white or blue-eyed Magicicada cicadas?
This was false and an urban legend until in 2008 when Roy Troutman began to offer rewards for living blue-eyed cicadas for scientific research. All cicadas were released, unharmed.
Important: Roy is no longer offering the reward as he has obtained the cicadas needed for his research. So, don’t bug him, unless you want to tell him that his photos and video are awesome.
White or Blue-eyed Magicicadas cicadas are extremely rare, so finding them can be difficult. I usually find one per emergence, and that is after looking at thousands of cicadas.
Speaking of Roy and White-eyed cicadas, here is a video Roy took of a White-eyed cicada:
And here’s a white and orange-eyed cicada photo taken by Roy:
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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.
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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”!
- Our first pin winner is Joey Simmons of Nashville, TN Photo 1, Photo 2
- Our second winner is Meagan Lang of Nashville, TN Photo 1, Photo 2, More…
- Our third winner is Serena Cochrane of Gerald MO See the photo.
- Our fourth winner is Melissa Han of Nashville TN Photo.
- Our fifth winners are Jane and Evan Skinner of Troy MO Photo.
- Our sixth winner is Phyllis Rice of Poplar Bluff MO Photo.
- Our seventh winner is Jack Willey of Nashville TV Photo 1, Photo 2.
- Our eighth winner is Chris Lowry of Nashville TN Photo 1, Photo 2.
- Our ninth winner is Nathan Voss of Spring Hill TN Photo.
- 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:
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 lookout 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 a 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:
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.
High-res versions of Roy Troutman’s marble-eyed cicada photos. Fascinating. You can see a color variation in all 5 eyes!