Cicada Mania

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January 1, 2021

Dan’s Cicada Diary for 1996

Filed under: Brood II | Cicada Mania | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 12:05 pm

Here’s something I wrote in 1996 to chronicle the Brood II cicada emergence in 1996. It’s probably meant to be semi humorous.

Dan’s Cicada Diary for 1996.

Sunday, May 19th: Metuchen, New Jersey; I found the first desiccated cicada nymph exoskeleton on my patio. My cat disappears.


Tuesday, May 21st: I found about 40 nymph exoskeletons on my patio, a pine tree, and a maple tree. I also spotted an adult climbing the maple and two crippled adults rolling about the base of the tree.


Wednesday, May 22nd: Bonanza! I found about 500 adults perched on just about everything in my yard: trees, patio furniture, the foundation of my home, the garden hose, garbage cans, the missing cat’s water dish, my hair…just plain everywhere! Gruesome!

Saturday, May 25th: Avenel, New Jersey; Party at the Ritzow’s. Literally, hundreds of adult cicadas perched high above in oak trees sneer at decadent humans sipping martini’s, playing croquet. Bourgeois homo sapiens…bah humbug!


Thursday, May 30th: Metuchen, New Jersey; Still no sign of the cat. Sitting outside on my patio around 8:30 pm I hear a “snap”, “crackle” and “popping” sound. Rice Crispies? No. More like cicadas nymphs crawling out of their holes and on to my garden wall to molt into adulthood. Not the loveliest sight.


Saturday, June 1st: Westfield, New Jersey; Dave Wilson and Claire Adas’ wedding. A beautiful ceremony and reception, with the exception of the 9000 uninvited cicadas: crawling up people’s legs, crunching underfoot, landing in refreshments…a moment to cherish and remember!


Tuesday, June 4th: North Edison, New Jersey; The cicadas have begun to sing! All together they sound like a Boeing 767 is circling 40 feet overhead. The sound is that awesome. 10 inch deep piles of dying post-coitus adults litter the base of trees. The invasion has only begun!

Wednesday, June 5th – Monday, June 17th: Metuchen, North Edison, Colonia, Avenel, New Jersey; The invasion is in full effect! Homeowners in North Edison and Colonia report having to haul away the dying bodies of cicadas in wheelbarrows! Residents describe the cicadas’ combined mating screams as “loud as a UFO” [how do they know what a UFO sounds like?] and “like a Mack Truck was floating ten foot above your head”! Someone even told me cicadas taste like shrimp! I guess they made the best of a bad situation.


Wednesday, June 26th: Metuchen, New Jersey; It appears the invasion is over. All that remains is the dismembered, rotting corpses and the memories, sweet, sweet, memories. But remember, They’ll be back…in the year 2013!


Saturday, August 3rd: Metuchen, New Jersey; Looking out my second story window I can clearly see the damage done by the 17-year cicadas. Brown patches of dead leaves speckle local oak and maple trees, revealing the branches where the female cicada has chosen to lay her eggs; an interesting “natural disaster”, but, not as heart-breaking as an earth quake or a flood. Clearly the most provocative news regarding cicadas is the current hatch of annual cicadas, which are larger than the “17-year” cicadas (thoroughly illustrated within this web page) and greener. Another dissimilarity is the difference in their respective mating calls: while the “17-year” cicada makes a whirring sound somewhere between the motor of a vacuum cleaner and a car alarm, the “annual” cicada sounds more like a lawn sprinkler or maybe a sewing machine. Although I can clearly hear hundreds of “annual” cicadas and I have found their shells, I haven’t visually located a single one ! Another cicada related event has been the recent hatch of “cicada killer” wasps. These two-inch long giant wasps only prey upon, our friend, the defenseless cicada. I haven’t located these creatures either, but, they are definitely out there. Cicadas beware!


Wednesday, August 26th: Metuchen, New Jersey; the Tibicen cicadas continue to singɉ۬

Wednesday, November 6th: Metuchen, New Jersey; they are all dead or sucking on roots underground.


March 29, 2020

Core Arboretum – Brood V Magicicada from Morgantown, WV (2016)

Filed under: Brood II | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 11:02 am

This is a gallery of Magicicadas taken at West Virginia University’s Core Arboretum from the 2013 Brood V emergence.

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More from Brood V:

Cicadas on leaves & trees – Brood V Magicicada from Morgantown, WV (2016)

Filed under: Brood II | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 10:51 am

This is a gallery of Magicicadas on leaves & trees from West Virginia University’s Core Arboretum from the 2013 Brood V emergence.

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More from Brood V:

Molting & Molted cicadas – Brood II Magicicada from Metuchen, New Jersey (2013)

Filed under: Brood II | Magicicada | Molting | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 10:14 am

This is a series of molting and recently molted teneral (soft) cicadas from the 2013 Brood II Magicicada emergence in Metuchen, NJ.

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Other galleries in this series:

Dead Specimens – Brood II Magicicada from Middlesex County, New Jersey (2013)

Filed under: Brood II | Magicicada | Massospora | Photos & Illustrations — Tags: , — Dan @ 10:03 am

Photos of dead specimens from the Brood II Magicicada emergence in Middlesex County, NJ, in 2013.

Brood II Magicada collection from 2013:
Brood II Magicada collection from 2013 2

Brood II Magicada collection from 2013:
Brood II Magicada collection from 2013 2

Comparison of Male and Female Magicicada genitalia:
Comparison of Male and Female Magicicada

Magicicada septendecula female abdomen:
Magicicada septendecula female abdomen

Magicicada septendecim hind wing:
Magicicada septendecim hind wing

Male Magicicada septendecim infected with Massospora cicadina fungus:
Male Magicicada septendecim infected with Massospora cicadina fungus

Live Specimens – Brood II Magicicada from Middlesex County, New Jersey (2013)

Filed under: Brood II | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Tags: , — Dan @ 9:54 am

These are photos of live cicada specimens from the 2013 Brood II emergence in Middlesex County, NJ.

Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ:
Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ.

Male Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ. Abdomen.
Male Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ. Abdomen

Male Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ:
Male Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ

Male Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ:
Male Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ

Male Magicicada Metuchen NJ:
Male Magicicada Metuchen NJ

Female Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ:
Female Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ

Male M. septendecim Metuchen NJ:
Male M_ septendecim Metuchen NJ

People and cicadas – Brood II Magicicada from Metuchen, New Jersey (2013)

People and cicadas – Brood II Magicicada from Metuchen, New Jersey (2013).

These are photos of people and cicadas from Brood II.

My sister and a cicada:
Beauty and the Beast

Can I give you a hand?
Can I give you a hand _Magicicada nymphs in Metuchen NJ_

Artist Asher Jay and a friend collecting cicadas:
Hunting for cicadas in Metuchen

John Cooley being interviewed by the New York Times with musician David Rothenberg in the foreground:
John Cooley being interviewed by the New York Times in Metuchen with David Rothenberg in the foreground

White eyes – Brood II Magicicada from Metuchen, New Jersey (2013)

Filed under: Brood II | Eye Color | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Tags: — Dan @ 9:38 am

These are photos of a Magicicada septendecim with yellow-white eyes, which is rare, but you can usually find one or two if you spend enough time looking for them. The photos were taken during the 2013 Brood II emergence in Metuchen, NJ.

Yellow-White Eyed Male Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ

Yellow-White eyed Male Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ 2

White eyed male Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ

White eyed male Magicicada septendecim Metuchen NJ 2

Chimneys – Brood II Magicicada from Metuchen, New Jersey (2013)

Filed under: Brood II | Chimneys | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 9:31 am

These are some small cicada chimneys created by Magicicada during Brood II in 2013 in Metuchen. Magicicadas occasionally create chimneys above the holes they emerge from — more often when the soil is wet or ground is shadowed (under a deck, in a lawn mower shed). These were shaded by a large pine.

Cicada Chimney Metuchen Brood II

Cicada Chimney Metuchen Brood II

Cicada Chimney Metuchen Brood II

Brood II Cicada Events in Staten Island and Manhattan back in 2013

Filed under: Brood II | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 9:10 am

These photos are of Brood II Cicada Events in Staten Island and NYC back in 2013. Technically the only photo from Manhattan is the cicada mosaic in the subway near the American Museum of Natural History. Most of these photos are from Staten Island Museum exhibits. The Staten Island Museum is the home of William T. Davis’ cicada collection, which numbers over 25,000 specimens. Ed Johnson was the curator of the collection at the time.

Staten Island has Brood II Magicicada. Manhattan has none, but may have in the past.

Roy Troutman and Elias Bonaros near cicada mosaic in subway:
Roy Troutman and Elias Bonaros near cicada mosiac in subway

Dan Mozgai featured on the Staten Island Museums Cicada Timeline:
Dan Mozgai featured on the Staten Island Museums Cicada Timeline

John Cooley (middle) and Ed Johnson (right) at the Staten Island Museum:
John Cooley _middle_ and Ed Johnson _right_ at the Staten Island Museum

Staten Island Museum 17 Year Cicada Exhibit:
Staten Island Museum 17 Year Cicada Exhibit 2

Staten Island Museum 17 Year Cicada Exhibit:
Staten Island Museum 17 Year Cicada Exhibit

The Joy of Six Legged Sex event at the Staten Island Museum:
The Joy of Six Legged Sex event at the Staten Island Museum

William T Davis information at the Staten Island Museum:
William T Davis at the Staten Island Museum

A Magicicada with Pink Eyes held by Chris Simon. This photo was taken in the field, not at a museum.
A Magicicada with Pink Eyes held by Chris Simon of UConn

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