This website likely has grammar and factual errors. If you find one, feel free to send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Dan Mozgai, and Cicada Mania is my website.
Use this email address to contact me: email@example.com.
I usually have time to answer questions via email, Twitter, Facebook, and phone calls. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll refer you to an expert who does.
Some other places to find me: iNaturalist and BugGuide.
Sharing media on the website
Here are some cicada images you are welcome to share.
Here are some tips for the press planning to report on Magicicada periodical cicada emergence — mostly to steer you away from using photos of the wrong species.
Cicada Mania History
2019 will mark Cicada Mania’s 23st year on the web. Here’s what the site looked like back in 1998 two years after its launch. This is the original logo:
Cicada Mania started as an online photo album meant to share photos from the 1996 emergence of Brood II, particularly photos from a friend’s outdoor wedding, where the cicadas were an “uninvited guest”.
The 2004 Brood X emergence was a fantastic time for Cicada Mania: highlights included me appearing on CNN, NPR, and WABC radio, and seeing 50,000 site visitors in one day. Here is a transcript of my CNN appearance.
The 2007 Brood XIII emergence was fantastic as well. I finally got to meet fellow cicada enthusiasts and researchers Roy Troutman, Jerry Bunker, Gene Kritsky and Joe Green. I was also interviewed for Fuji TV.
Cicada Mania currently contains over 1500 photos of cicadas (many high-res), videos, sound clips, a blog, plenty of FAQs and articles, of course, t-shirts and mugs, which are my attempt at funding the site.
Some papers I’ve contributed to:
- The periodical cicada four-year acceleration hypothesis revisited and the polyphyletic nature of Brood V, including an updated crowd-source enhanced map (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Magicicada). Cooley JR, Arguedas N, Bonaros E, Bunker G, Chiswell SM, DeGiovine A, Edwards M, Hassanieh D, Haji D, Knox J, Kritsky G, Mills C, Mozgai D, Troutman R, Zyla J, Hasegawa H, Sota T, Yoshimura J, Simon C. (2018) < PeerJ 6:e5282 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5282
- Evolution and Geographic Extent of a Surprising Northern Disjunct Population of 13-Year Cicada Brood XXII (Hemiptera: Cicadidae, Magicicada). Gene Kritsky, Roy Troutman, Dan Mozgai, Chris Simon, Stephen M Chiswel, Satoshi Kakishima, Teiji Sota, Jin Yoshimura, John R Cooley. American Entomologist, Volume 63, Issue 4, 12 December 2017, Pages E15—E20, https://doi.org/10.1093/ae/tmx066
- Psychoactive plant- and mushroom-associated alkaloids from two behavior modifying cicada pathogens. Authors: Greg R. Boyce, Emile Gluck-Thaler, Jason C. Slot, Jason E. Stajich, William J. Davis, Tim Y.James, John R. Cooley, Daniel G. Panaccione, JÃ¸rgen Eilenberg, Henrik H. De Fine Licht, Angie M. Macias, Matthew C. Berger, Kristen L. Wickert, Cameron M. Stauder, Ellie J. Spahr, Matthew D. Maust, Amy M. Metheny, Chris Simon, Gene Kritsky, Kathie T. Hodge, Richard A.Humber, Terry Gullion, Dylan P.G. Short, Teiya Kijimoto, Dan Mozgai, Nidia Arguedas, Matt T. Kasson. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.funeco.2019.06.002.
Some articles that mention or are about Cicada Mania:
- 8 Tips to Survive Cicada Season, Popular Mechanics, May 22, 2013
- Spring Warmup Brings Cicadas, Frogs and Worms, AccuWeather, April 24, 2013
- The Cicada-Obsessed Prepare to Scratch a 17-Year Itch, Wired, April 9, 2013
- Waiting in the wings this spring: Cicadas!, USAToday, April 8, 2013
- Yahoo News, They’re (almost) here! The cicadas are coming April 8, 2013
- Waiting in the Wings: Cicadas, Weather Underground, April 3, 2013
- Cicadas Coming to U.S. East Coast This Spring, National Geographic, March 29, 2013
- Midwest braces for cicadas’ song. USA Today, 5/17/2007
- Cicadas Respond to Their 17-Year Cue. The New York Times, May 19, 2004
- Q&A: Cicada Mania. The Star Ledger, October 12, 2007
- Cicadas nature’s current hot ticket. The Chicago Tribune, June 01, 2007
- Cicadas: Amazing, annoying, arriving soon “Big brood” emerging after 17 years. Philly.com, May 02, 2004
- ANDERSON COOPER 360 DEGREES. Aired May 14, 2004
- Cicadas’ return signals a shrill summer season. The Toledo Blade, 4/26/2004
- Wedding Day Woes – A Bug’s Life. NPR May 8, 2004
Many of the cicada photos and videos on the site come from Roy Troutman. Visit the Roy Troutman page for links to his images and his contact information.
Over the years many people have supported this site, including some celebrated people:
- Elizabeth McGrath: U.S.A. based artist.
- Laura Imbruglia: Aussie singer/songwriter.
- Death Cab for Cutie: U.S. rock band.
I am trying to report sightings of 3 cicadas I have pictures on my face book page
Can’t wait until they appear! Been interested in them for years and use to take pictures of them! They are fascinating and many don’t know they’re harmless! I’m a 66 year old woman and I love these bugs! Can I send pics when they come out? I live in Middletown Virginia! Thank you, Robin Lindner
I live on Mowbray Mountain in Tennessee outside of Chattanooga (37379). With the different Broods and cycle years, why do I hear and see the cicadas (locusts) every year? The maps do not show an even close overlap of Broods.
@Thomas, there’s about 17 species of cicadas in Tennessee that emerge every year. Here’s a list.
I’m planning a vacation in Greenbrier County, WV and I don’t want to be there during the cicadas. When should I make plans? Late June or July
@Lu Ann, July
I would like to send you a pic of a Cicada I photographed in Greece. How do I go about this?
You can mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!