Check out the CicadaCicadaCiada rapp by Soul-gers on the Mic (MySpace Music). You’ll notice that they use real cicada sounds in place of instruments in the song — pretty cool!
May 23, 2007
May 22, 2007
Here’s another Brood XIV straggler from Roy Troutman’s yard. It’s hard to believe all that cicada once fit in that tiny skin.
Illinois: Westmont, Elmhurst, East Peoria, Metamora, Clarendon Hills, Western Springs, Villa Park, Hinsdale, Orland Park…
Indiana: Crown Point…
James Engel of morning show on q101 in Chicago has recorded a song about the emergence called “Hey There Cicada”. Tune into q101 to hear it.
Here’s a cool photo of cicadas entering their adult phase (instar) taken by Paula K in Villa Park, Illinois!
May 20, 2007
In Japan cicadas are called Semi, a.k.a. 蝉.
That’s your cicada fact of the day.
In the coming days I’ll get a lot of emails from people telling me that they’ve found albino cicadas — well, they aren’t albinos, they just haven’t turned black yet. Once a cicada splits its nymph skin and imagines into the adult form, it takes some time for it to turn the familiar black color. Now, if you find a cicada with blue eyes, that’s different, that’s unusual (about 1 in 1000), so we want to hear about that.
This picture was take by Roy Troutman, last night in Batavia Ohio. It’s important to note that this is a Brood XIV straggler and not a Brood XIII cicada.
May 19, 2007
Bug spray ineffective on cicadas [Beacon News] “Officials: Pesticides won’t do any good in warding off the bugs”. That’s what I’ve been saying all along. I was watching CNN last night and they said that there are so few bees left in North America to pollinate our food plants, that we have to import our food from South America and China (China!?!). No sense killing any more bees in the process of trying to kill a cicada.
May 16, 2007
Prepare to be invaded! Teenage cicadas here in time for Memorial Day. Nice picture of a tree trunk covered with cicadas.
May 15, 2007
Brood XIII cicadas are a bunch of slackers. Brood XIV stragglers (Brood XIV isn’t due until next year) have already emerged and imagined into their adult form around Ohio.
Here’s some photos from Matt Berger:
What’s up Brood XIII? What are you waiting for? An invitation?
May 14, 2007
Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin aren’t the only states that can look forward to periodic cicadas.
Brood XIV stragglers are beginning to emerge in Ohio. So far we’ve had reports of chimneys from Roy and some photos of nymphs taken by Matt Berger in Terrace Park, Ohio (hopefully he’ll let us post the pics). Stragglers are periodic cicadas the emerge a year or more ahead or behind schedule. Brood XIV is due to emerge in many states next year (KY, GA, IN, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, WVA), but a few will emerge this year instead.
Here’s a photo of a cicada chimney taken by Roy Troutman in Ohio.