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June 11, 2015

Look and listen for Magicicada stragglers in 2015

Another straggler sighting, this time in Cleveland which should make it a Brood V one year straggler:

Matt Berger Brood V Stragger 2
A Brood V straggler found by Matt Berger in West Virginia. See more photos of this cicada.

The emergence of Brood XXIII is well underway in the states along the Mississippi, and Brood IV should kick off in the west as soon as it stops raining every day. These aren’t the only Magicicada periodical cicadas emerging in the U.S. this year — some stragglers will emerge as well.

A straggler is a periodical cicada that emerges before or after the rest of its brood. Typically a straggler belonging to a 17 year brood will emerge 4 years early, but they might also emerge a year early, or a year late, or even 4 years late. This probability chart, details the probability of a straggler emergence.

In 2015 you might find the following stragglers:

  • Brood XIII 17 year cicadas emerging 4 years early in OH, PA, WVA.
  • Brood V 17 year cicadas emerging 1 year early in NY, OH, PA, VA, WVA.
  • Brood XIX 13 year periodical cicadas emerging 4 years late in AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, VA
  • Brood XXII 13 year cicadas emerging a year late in LA, MS, OH, KY

Tyla MacAllister found a Brood XIX Magicicada straggler (emerged 4 years late) in Alabama!

June 17, 2010

Neocicada hieroglyphica

Filed under: Matt Berger,Neocicada — Tags: — Dan @ 5:25 am

Here’s a cool photo of a Neocicada hieroglyphica found by Matt Berger on top of a rocky ridge in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky.

Neocicada hieroglyphica

Read all posts featuring Neocicada photos and video.

August 5, 2008

Okanagana bella

Filed under: Matt Berger,Okanagana,Proto-periodical — Tags: — Dan @ 6:02 pm

Matt Berger was backpacking around Yellowstone national park recently when his chanced upon this Okanagana bella:

Okanagana bella

Okanagana bella

More info about the Okanagana bella.

May 3, 2008

Matt Berger’s Cicada Experiment Continues

Filed under: Brood XIV,Magicicada,Matt Berger — Dan @ 8:11 am

Earlier I wrote about Matt Berger’s experiment to coerce a nymph to emerge as an adult in captivity. The experiment worked.

Here’s the latest pictures. The cicada has assumed its final, black-colored adult form:



April 30, 2008

The first adult Magicicada

Filed under: Brood XIV,Magicicada,Matt Berger,Periodical — Dan @ 9:28 pm

Matt Berger was able to coerce a cicada nymph to enter the adult phase (instar) by raising it indoors (where it is warmer). Congratulations to Matt!

I took a Brood XIV nymph i found under a rock about a week ago, put some soil in a pot, poked a cicada sized hole in the soil and let the cicada burrow in. I wanted to see if I could make them emerge early. I put it in my house where it is warm. It worked! I now have a male (im guessing M. cassini) that just emerged from that hole and shed his skin and is now drying. Probably the first Magicicada to emerge all year! Earliest emergence I have ever heard of (even if it was assisted). Thought it might be interesting for Cicadamania.
Here are some pictures!

Here’s the nymph:


Here’s the adult leaving the nymph skin:


Here’s the teneral adult, still white in color (I will turn black soon enough):