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June 12, 2008

Amazing cicada with white & orange colored eyes

Filed under: Brood XIV | Eye Color | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 8:24 pm

Here’s something that’s truly amazing — a 17 year cicada with marble-colored eyes. White eyed cicadas are rare — but a mixed color eye cicada is amazing. Roy and the person how found the cicada should go play the lottery tonight, because luck is on their side.

Marble-eyed Magicicada

June 10, 2008

Identify this cicada

Filed under: Identify — Dan @ 8:42 pm

Cicada experts: can you identify this cicada? Hint: although it has white eyes, it is not a 17 year cicada. These photos were take by John Beard in Atascosa County, TX. BTW, is the black spot in the middle of the eye technically considered a pupil? Let us know.

Mystery cicada

Mystery cicada

So when will they be gone?

Filed under: Brood XIV — Dan @ 8:26 pm

The big question right now is: “when will the cicadas be gone?” Alas, for some, their charm has dwindled.

Based on my experience maintaining this site over the past 12 years, emergences tend to last about 6 or 8 weeks from the emergence of the first adult until the last cicada dies. That timespan is for the entire emergence, covering all locations in every affected state. The emergence for you in your specific location should last around 4 weeks: 1 week to emerge, 2 weeks of singing and mating, 1 week of egg laying and dying. Most cicadas don’t follow that precise game plan, but that’s the basic idea: 4 weeks. Cicadas that emerged on June 1st, should be gone before the 4th of July.

BTW, based on the number of messages and emails I’ve received, Brood XIV appears to be a bigger event than Brood XIII. Brood XIII received more press (because it overlapped Chicago), but from my vantage point, Brood XIV is turning out to be the more exciting emergence.

White eyed Magicicada

Filed under: Brood XIV | Eye Color | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 8:05 pm

Here’s some photos of Roy’s white eyed 17 year cicadas.

White eyed 17 year cicada

White eyed 17 year cicada

White eyed 17 year cicada

New Brood XIV Photos from Roy

Filed under: Brood XIV | Gene Kritsky | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 7:58 pm

An adult Magicicada:

Magicicada

A Magicicada suffering from the massospora cicadina fungus:

Magicicada with Fungus

The fungus is spread during mating.

Another shot of the adult Magicicada:

Magicicada

A Magicicada suffering from the massospora cicadina fungus:

Magicicada with Fungus

Gene Kritsky collecting a temperature probe for his cicada temperature study from Roy’s backyard:

Gene Kritsky

June 7, 2008

Cicada Mania 2008, so far

Filed under: Brood XIV — Dan @ 6:11 am

Last Saturday I (Dan) drove out to western Ohio with the goal of meeting up with fellow cicada maniac Roy Troutman and his family, and observing the 2008 Brood XIV emergence.

So far in 2008, Roy and I:

  1. Observed massive emergences in Loveland, Blue Ash, Mariemont and Indian Hill.
  2. Collected nymphs for a scientific experiment (not sure I can divulge the details).
  3. Met and had breakfast with cicada expert Gene Kritsky in Mariemont, which was inundated with cicadas.
  4. Met Samuel Orr, who is best know for his film Return of the 17-Year Cicadas.
  5. Collected adult Magicicada septendecula for a breeding experiment to be conducted by John Cooley
  6. Spent part of the day with John, even stopping by the Circle K for some road food.

Roy has collected 2 white eyed cicadas so far, and I’ve handed out a bunch of Cicada Mania buttons. If you see me and ask for one, and I have some with me, it’s yours.

Today I’m leaving Ohio, and headed across Pennsylvania. I plan on stopping around Middletown, Cornwall and Morgantown, where cicadas have been sighted. Then it’s back to homebase in New Jersey were I’ll try to verify the 1906 records of 17 year cicadas in Red Bank, and well as continue to post updates.

June 5, 2008

Magicicada emergence in Mariemont Ohio in 2008

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Video — Dan @ 8:56 am

Magicicada adults and nymphs in Mariemont Ohio in 2008.

Magicicada emergence in Mariemont Ohio in 2008 from Cicada Mania.

Cicada: Exotic Views comic book

Filed under: Books | Cicada Arts | Pop Culture — Dan @ 1:14 am

Davy Shian has created a funny and educational comic book about cicadas, called Cicada: Exotic Views. Cicada: Exotic Views features 87 pages of comics and cicada photographs. I found it LOL funny, the illustration style is pretty neat, and the book itself is high-quality, not flimsy like the typical comic book. It is without a doubt an excellent and unique addition to the cicada books available today.

Cicada: Exotic Views comic book

You can find the book on Amazon.com.

June 4, 2008

Roy’s Brood XIV Photography

Filed under: Brood XIV | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 10:15 am

Here’s quite a few photos Roy has taken of the emergence. It’s kind of ironic that I’m staying with Roy and his family, and yet it’s taken me this long to post the photos.

17 year Brood XIV cicadas

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BBC Filming in Mariemont

Filed under: Brood XIV | Gene Kritsky | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 9:56 am

I’m catching up on the photos Roy Troutman has sent me.

Here’s photos from a BBC photoshoot in Mariemont Ohio, taken on May 24th. The photos feature cicada expert Gene Kritsky.

BBC Filming in Mariemont

BBC Filming in Mariemont

BBC Filming in Mariemont

BBC Filming in Mariemont

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