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May 8, 2007

Emergence Report

Filed under: Brood XIII — Dan @ 4:14 am

So far we have Bull Valley, a possible in Lake Bluff, and Highland Park

If you see cicadas don’t forget to take photos. Put them up on Flickr, the free photo sharing service, and use the broodxiii tag so others can find your Brood XIII cicadas. If you can, take a picture of a cicada with a newspaper or print out this web page and take a picture of the cicadas with that (for date reference).

Don’t forget to take video too, and put that video up on YouTube!

6 Comments »

  1. Jeff says:

    Can anyone tell me what role cicadas play in the ecosystem? Would appreciate a little information about what purpose they serve. We are seeing a lot of holes in the soil in Deerfield IL and are finding nymphs as well. They sing in our back yard quite a bit. Exciting!

  2. Steve says:

    We had all of the greenery in our patchy mess of a backyard in Downers Grove taken out yesterday because we’re starting over with sod. This morning, many many nymphs came crawling out of the dirty moonscape that is currently our yard (and which apparently had a tree long before we bought the house, according to the neighbor out back)– and have since apparently mostly died off, perhaps for want of nearby trees or simply shade. (The squirrels and birds should be, but don’t appear to be, having a field day with them.)

  3. Dan says:

    Nymphs are cicadas. Once they come out of the ground, they shed their nymph skins, assume their adult form. This process is called imagination, BTW.

  4. steve says:

    You meant Lake Bluff!?
    None in Lake Forest…yet

  5. STEVE TURNER says:

    THERE ARE SO MANY EXIT HOLES IN OUR BACK YARD! (WESTMONT IL) I WILL SHOW ANYONE IF THEY REALLY WANTED TO SEE THEM

  6. STEVE TURNER says:

    THOSE ARE PICTURES OF NYMPHS NOT CICADAS. WE CAN TURN OVER ANY LOG OR ROCK IN OUR BACK YARD AND FIND PLENTY OF NYMPHS

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