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June 11, 2013

Cicada Video of the Week

Filed under: Brood II,Magicicada,Periodical,Video — Tags: — by @ 4:18 am

Here’s some cicada video I shot over the weekend. Enjoy:

Magicicada trying to take a drink from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

This cicada is trying to drink sap from my thumb. My thumb is not a tree branch, so it failed. It didn't hurt, but I felt it. It made no hole.

Singing Magicicada septendecim from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

Using finger snaps to fool a Magicicada septendecim into singing. They think the finger snaps are a female snapping her wings.

Magicicada septendecim ovipositing from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

Brood II periodical cicada ovipositing (laying eggs).

Magicicada septendecim ovipositing from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

A Magicicada septendecim cicada laying eggs in a tree branch.

Close up of a tymbal of a Magicicada septendecim from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

Close up of the timbal of a Magicicada septendecim . No cicadas were harmed in the filming of this video because it was dead when I found it. The ribbed structure is the timbal which makes the noise.

5 Comments

  1. I currently live in Oklahoma City and we are currently experiencing swarms of these cicadas, the tree in my front yard has several hundred crawling over it, and the noise is incredible. Should they be this far south and west? Would this be the same brood?

    Comment by T. Wilken — June 13, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

  2. Now that is odd! There are two Broods in OK, brood IV which are due out in 2015, and brood XIX which are due in 2019. Some do emerge early but they’re located toward the east of the state. Send a photo to cicadamania@gmail.com if you can — it might be a different species. There are about 33 species of cicadas in OK.

    Comment by Dan — June 13, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

  3. Never mind – they are periodical cicadas. We’re trying to figure out which brood this is. Do you remember cicadas from 2011 (Brood XIX) or 1998 (Brood IV)?

    There is a Facebook page for this. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oklahoma-17-Year-Cicada-Early-Emergence/260938004044222

    Comment by Dan — June 13, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

  4. I remember both of these. We actually had cicadas in 1998, if I remember correctly, and I remember the local news doing stories on the emergence in 2011, but I don’t think we had any actual cicadas, at least not like this. I grew up near Chicago and remember them coming up around 1990, this is more like that. I can sit on my back porch and just watch them swarm in the woods behind my house and the noise is pretty incredible, just one continuous buzz. Our Chihuahua threw up a stomach-load of them on our bed this morning. :)

    Comment by T. Wilken — June 13, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

  5. Here’s a pic of one I just picked off the tree in my front yard. This is in South Oklahoma City. http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11311185/2013-06-13_Oklahoma_City.JPG

    Comment by T. Wilken — June 13, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

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