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June 13, 2008

A creative use of cicada skins: a cicada wreath

Filed under: Brood X,Cicada Arts — Dan @ 3:06 pm

A Cicada wreath constructed in 2004 by Jenny Pate:

Cicada Wreath

I think it’s awesome! Thanks to Jenny’s husband Bill for sharing.

Anyone else have an example of cicada arts & crafts to share?

June 5, 2008

Cicada: Exotic Views comic book

Filed under: Books,Cicada Arts,Pop Culture — Dan @ 1:14 am

Update: the ordering site for this book is now online.

Davy Shian has created a funny and educational comic book about cicadas, called Cicada: Exotic Views. Cicada: Exotic Views features 87 pages of comics and cicada photographs. I found it LOL funny, the illustration style is pretty neat, and the book itself is high-quality, not flimsy like the typical comic book. It is without a doubt an excellent and unique addition to the cicada books available today.

Cicada: Exotic Views

November 4, 2007

Cicada Horror Films, Solar Power and Fish Lures

Filed under: Cicada Arts,Pop Culture,Roy Troutman — Dan @ 8:56 am

Odds and Ends:

Nanotech News: Cicadas wings are being used as the inspiration for building better solar technology. (thanks Roy)

Peng Jiang, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, is drawing inspiration from the eyes of moths and the wings of cicadas to create unusual new anti-reflective and water-repellant coatings — coatings that appear to have potential to make solar cells both more efficient and self-cleaning. Windows in cars and homes, computer screens and other consumer products also could improve thanks to the super-transparent coatings.

Russian fishing lure company www.apico-fish.ru used one of Roy Troutman’s cicada photos for a recent ad for cicada themed lures.

Russian Cicada Lure

June 5, 2007

Indentify this Cicada!

Filed under: Cicada Arts,Identify — Dan @ 7:40 pm

Dana Holmes photographed this cicada at the Pug Party this Saturday in Chicago. I can’t identify the species — can you???

Emma

Emma

August 28, 2005

A Cicada Poem from David Granville

Filed under: Cicada Arts — Dan @ 5:09 pm

Cicada Songs (for “Cicada Mania”)

They say your songs
portend the end of summer
just as chirping robins
usher in the spring air.

Listen to the sound
whirring, buzzing through
leaves of trees that shelter
the thrumming brood.

Insect monks chant
hymns of nature
for us and for
their silent females: “mate her.”

More musical than electric currents
that hum along power lines,
your symphony hovers,
guarding the sultry night like armored palatines.

Constant and pervasive,
we humans sometimes hear
sometimes ban your frequencies,
lulled to sleep by drums so dear.

Air conditioners and headphones
drown out your beautiful noise
but others sing with you
till Fall’s frost steals these little joys.

-DFG

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