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May 23, 2007

Cicada Rapp

Filed under: Magicicada | Music — Dan @ 4:35 am

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 22, 2007

Brood XIV Stragglers in Ohio, Part 3

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical Stragglers | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 7:05 pm

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.

Brood XIV Stragglers in Ohio, Part 3

Brood XIII Update: 5/22/2007 — locations, photos, video and music

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 6:39 pm

Location update:

Illinois: Westmont, Elmhurst, East Peoria, Metamora, Clarendon Hills, Western Springs, Villa Park, Hinsdale, Orland Park…

Indiana: Crown Point…

Photos:

“Cicada Love”!

Music:

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.

Emerging Cicadas in Villa Park

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 6:13 am

Here’s a cool photo of cicadas entering their adult phase (instar) taken by Paula K in Villa Park, Illinois!

emerging cicadas

May 20, 2007

Hello Cicada

Filed under: Cicada Arts | Japan | Pop Culture — Dan @ 9:43 am

In Japan cicadas are called Semi, a.k.a. 蝉.

Semi

That’s your cicada fact of the day.

Imagining Magicicada

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 8:52 am

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

Brood XIII News Update, 5/19/2007

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 9:16 am

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

Brood XIII News Update, 5/17/2007

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 9:54 pm

5 days?

News:

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 XIV emerges before Brood XIII

Filed under: Brood XIV | Matt Berger | Periodical Stragglers — Dan @ 4:21 am

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:

cicadas on newspapaer

nymph

What’s up Brood XIII? What are you waiting for? An invitation?

May 14, 2007

Brood XIV Stragglers in Ohio

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical Stragglers | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 8:58 pm

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.

chimney

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