Another sweet cicada photo has emerged on Flickr
May 18, 2008
May 14, 2008
Gene Kritsky wrote to say that the emergence in the Cincinnati area did indeed start on the 13th, particularly in areas where the sun was able to heat the ground to 66 degrees. The past week or so has been cold in the Cincinnati area, which has slowed the progress of the emergence. Those of you hoping to get the emergence under way need to wish for warmer weather. Of course you should visit The Mount’s Cicada Website and check out the Where are They Now Google map, which will show you where they are emerging. I encourage you to report your sightings on Gene’s site as well.
Nanci Perlstein reported on the message board that “in Asheville, N.C. very close to the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are hundreds of them!”.
Roy McGinnis reported that he witnessed 1000’s of cicadas in “Carter County half way between Johnson City and Elizabethton TN”
Rita Bobeana reported that they’re experiencing a hatch and a half in “the very northeast end of Unicoi County, TN“.
And Becca reported at least one cicada found by herself and her daughter in Louisville, KY.
May 11, 2008
By this time next week Flickr.com will be swarming with cicada photos.
May 10, 2008
For those of you who want to see where cicadas are emerging, check out the Google map on Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly Magicicada.org). It’s on the right side of the page.
May 7, 2008
Folks, we just got word from Gene Kritsky that an adult was reported emerging in Maderia, Ohio today. The emergence has begun; expect large numbers of cicadas to start appearing within the next 10 days in most areas. Get your cameras, camcorders, audio recording devices and fishing rods ready.
I had my first report of an adult periodical cicada emerging in Madeira, a suburb of Cincinnati today. So the early ones are starting.
Read the news story.
May 4, 2008
Ebay has been a good resource for cicada specimens and Asian artifacts over the years, but you’ll also find toys, fishing lures and other whimsical cicada-themed items.
May 3, 2008
Cicadas attending the Kentucky Derby (Minyanville)?
A 13 image slide-show of Magicicada photos (Citizen-Times).
Cicadas coming to Warren County, Kentucky (Bowling Green Daily News).
Cicadas ready to croon in Cincinnati (The Enquirer).
Cicada Mania was featured on WTAP’s Surfin’ with Kirk! Watch the video news report. Very Cool!!!
Earlier I wrote about Matt Berger’s experiment to coerce a nymph to emerge as an adult in captivity. The experiment worked.
Here’s the latest pictures. The cicada has assumed its final, black-colored adult form:
May 2, 2008
The USDA National Agriculture Library has published the full 148 page bulletin from 1898 titled The periodical cicada: an account of Cicada septendecim, its natural enemies and the means of preventing its injury : together with a summary of the distribution of the different broods.
The document is viewable as images or in PDF form, and features an abundance of information, and excellent, now public domain illustrations (like those below).