Cicada Mania

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June 27, 2007

The final winner in the blue eyed cicada contest

Filed under: Brood XIII | Eye Color — Dan @ 5:18 pm

Michael Jimms sent us this photo of a blue eyed Magicicada:

blue eyed cicada

Michael won the last button in the blue/white/gray eyed cicada category.

Congratulations to all the winners. There are still prizes left in the contest: for Multi Colored Eyed cicadas, and for an emerging nymph with white eyes. Good luck.

June 25, 2007

2 more cicada contest winners

Filed under: Brood XIII | Eye Color — Dan @ 3:54 pm

A creamy white eyed cicada from Morton Grove by Judy Thorpe:

White eyed cicada

And…

A true-blue eyed cicada from Western Springs by Matt Weiss:

Blue eyed cicada

June 21, 2007

Another Blue/White Eye Contest Winner

Filed under: Brood XIII | Eye Color | Magicicada — Dan @ 6:35 am

Here’s a white eyed cicada from Grayson Martin.

White Eyed cicada

June 19, 2007

Emergence Update for 6/19/2007

Filed under: Brood XIII — Dan @ 4:46 pm

We got our first IOWA sighting!

Questions:

  1. When will they be gone??? About 2 weeks after the last one emerges. By the time Independence day rolls around, most places will be “liberated” from them.
  2. What’s that smell??? Like any rotting animal, cicadas emit a funky stank after they die. I think they smell like old bacon grease, other’s say Limburger cheese, wet dog…
  3. I haven’t seen any cicadas yet, does that mean I won’t see/hear any? Probably; time to get in the car and go to them.

Locations:

  • Cedar River near Atalissa, Iowa
  • Lombard and Elmhurst are “cicada heaven”
  • At Lake Geneva at Aurora University the Cicada were EVERYWHERE
  • Singing in Wheaton
  • Palos Heights is crawling with these things.
  • All over the place in Wheeling, IL
  • EVERYWHERE in Schiller Park
  • Big Foot Beach State Park (southern Wisconsin next to Lake Geneva)
  • Aurora,IL

More Blue Eyed Cicada Contest Winners

Filed under: Brood XIII | Elias Bonaros | Eye Color | Magicicada — Dan @ 4:21 pm

This entry was submitted by Elias Bonaros and Barbara Rzeszutek, taken in Deerfield, IL:

Elias Bonaros and Barbara Rzeszutek, taken in Deerfield, IL

This entry was submitted by Chris Owen, taken at Lemon Lake County Park in Cedar lake, IN:

blue eyed cicadas

A couple of nice cicada photos from Joe Balynas

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 4:11 pm

Click the images for larger versions:

Mating cicadas:

Joe Balynas 2007

A female cicada getting ready to lay some eggs:

Joe Balynas 2007

Joe Balynas 2007

Joe Balynas 2007

A Huge mass of cicada exuvia:

A Huge mass of cicada exuvia:

June 15, 2007

Exuvia mania

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 9:56 pm

Joe Balynas sent us this picture of a mass of cicada exuvia (aka shells, skins, crisps). Make sure you click the image for the awesome larger version.

exuvia

See all Joe’s Magicicada photos.

Brood XIII Magicicadas by Joe Green

Filed under: Brood XIII | Joe Green | Magicicada | Sounds | Video — Dan @ 8:50 am

Brood XIII Magicicadas by Joe Green

Brood XIII Magicicadas by Joe Green from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

Magicicada song by Joe Green

Magicicada song by Joe Green from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

Magicicada flying slo-motion by Roy Troutman

Filed under: Magicicada | Roy Troutman | Video — Dan @ 8:41 am

Here is a video of an adult magicicada taking off for flight:

Magicicada flying slo-motion from Roy Troutman on Vimeo.

Magicicada mating

Filed under: Magicicada | Mating | Roy Troutman | Video — Dan @ 8:37 am

In this video we see a male and female Magicicada cicada mating.

Magicicada mating from Roy Troutman on Vimeo.

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