I received my Cicada Princess clay cicada that was an actual actor/actress in the movie:
And here’s the URL to the movie: www.cicadaprincess.com
Here’s some news for cicada fanatics: the movie Cicada Princess has officially wrapped post production and was and successfully submitted it for consideration to the Sundance Film Festival. Read more about it. Congratulations to film maker Mauricio Baiocchi.
The Cicada Princess is a stop-motion animated movie featuring anthropomorphic cicadas. It was funded via Kickstarter contributions. Visit the Cicada Princess website. Here at Cicada Mania, we’re interested in both real and fictional cicadas.
Cicada Princess from Mauricio Baiocchi on Vimeo.
I made cicada Christmas lights using some LED USB Christmas lights, and some plastic cicada whistles from Australia.
CicadaMania Cicada Christmas Lights from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.
There are a few connections between cicadas and Christmas. Cicadas are typically active around Christmas in the Southern hemisphere. Cicadas are called Christmas Beetles in South Africa. There is also a cicada named the Kobonga Christmas Clanger in Australia (thx David Marshall and Kathy Hill ):
Since Christmas is the time of gift giving, cicada books make great gifts for cicada enthusiasts, young and old. Ebay.com typically has thousands of cicada items, including actual cicadas, as does Etsy. You can buy cicada specimens online as well. And of course there’s a variety of Cicada Mania shirts and mugs to choose from.
I almost forgot the cicada skin Christmas wreath. :)
Brood XIX News
You can see the latest 500 cicada sightings on magicicada.org. Visit their “2011 Brood XIX sightings” map. The latest reports are from Illinois and Missouri.
The latest Science Cabaret Podcast is about cicadas, and in particular, the relationship of birds and cicadas. The podcast features Dr. Walt Koenig and is hosted by Dr. Holly.
I enjoyed this blog post Kingdom of the Cicadas. It features photos and videos of the emergence from Joplin, Missouri.
Cicada Ice Cream
There were a lot of news stories about Sparky’s Ice Cream shop in Columbia, Missouri, and their cicada ice cream. After reading dozens of articles, it seems that they only made one batch, and the local heath official(s) only advised them not to make the ice cream, but did not specifically or legally stop them from making it.
Related… cicada pie, pizza and tacos courtesy of the University of Maryland’s PDF cookbook. The cookbook is circa 2004 (Brood X) but they still work.
Christmas gives me a chance to use this image of a (cartoon) cicada nymph drinking the fluids of a Christmas tree.
This whimsical display of dismembered and “reassembled” cicadas enjoying a Mongolian Hot Pot dinner can be yours! It’s for sale on ebay!
Tommy Joseph took these photos of Magicicada septendecim emerging Greensboro, North Carolina.
Update: looking at the maps, they probably aren’t brood XIV. Looks like they are Brood II accelerated 4 years, or Brood XIX accelerated 2 years (which would make them 13 year cicadas
and Magicicada neotredecim [striking that last bit]).
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Magicicada septendecim male:
See all of Tommy’s Magicicada photos.
I spotted this on Flickr tonight. Just in time for the holiday season.
Some folks will find this terrifying.
A cicada vs. Cicada Killer Wasp, typically isn’t much of a battle — the cicada typically loses.
My friend David Wilson made a display out of an old clock featuring a cicada and Cicada Killer Wasp locked in battle (or the wasp going grocery shopping for its larvae, depending on how you want to look at it).
Check it out, I think it’s very cool.
The thing is a diorama I made of an unnoticed moment in history. With New Brunswick [New Jersey], as seen from Highland Park circa 1900, in the back round.