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May 24, 2007

Cicada Facts!

Filed under: Brood XIII | Eye Color — Tags: — Dan @ 8:46 pm

Fact: Magicicadas can have blue and white eyes!

They’re very rare, but some Magicicadas can have blue or white eyes. Take a picture if you find one! Besides red, orange, white and blue, you might also find a magicicada with cream, yellow or tan eyes.

Fact: There is a wasp called the Cicada Killer Wasp

Can you guess why the Cicada Killer Wasp is called a cicada killer? They’re big wasps, but they’d rather sting a cicada than you. Read more about the Cicada Killer Wasp.

Fact: Cicadas don’t eat like people do, they drink tree fluids instead

Whether they’re in the ground on a root, or on a tree limb, cicadas drink tree fluids called xylem sap to stay nourished. They drink they fluid using their beak, also called a rostrum — it looks like a straw!

Fact: Magicicadas won’t appear everywhere

Even though the maps at the top of the page might suggest there are Magicicadas in your area, you might not find them on your property.

Here’s some reasons why:

  • You live in a new development, and the cicadas were killed when your neighborhood was built.
  • Too many pesticides.
  • There’s no large deciduous trees (like maples and oaks) in your neighborhood.
  • There simply aren’t any.

If none turn up in your yard, don’t give up hope:

  • Check local parks and forest preserves.
  • Ask some friends and family if they’ve seen some. Cicada networking!
  • Check your local news papers.

They’re out there, you just might have to travel a bit to see them.

Emergence Report for 5/25

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Tags: — Dan @ 7:47 pm

Emergence Location: Highland Park.

Photos:

An interesting photo from Daniel Devine’s blog: one nymph crawling on top of an adult trying to emerge:

Daniel Devine

Photos by Mark Muto of cicadas from North Riverside.

Magicicada nymph

Magicicada

May 23, 2007

Emergence Report for 5/24

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 10:03 pm

Emergence Locations: Glenview, Flossmoor, Des Plaines, Brookfield, Palos Heights, … (all Illinois)

Photos!
A funny photo from from James P from Glenview, IL (click the image for a larger version):

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From Sue B in Flossmoor, IL, the cicadas and the sea gulls patiently waiting to eat them:

seagulls

magicicada skins

May 22, 2007

Brood XIII Update: 5/22/2007 — locations, photos, video and music

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 6:39 pm

Location update:

Illinois: Westmont, Elmhurst, East Peoria, Metamora, Clarendon Hills, Western Springs, Villa Park, Hinsdale, Orland Park…

Indiana: Crown Point…

Photos:

“Cicada Love”!

Music:

James Engel of morning show on q101 in Chicago has recorded a song about the emergence called “Hey There Cicada”. Tune into q101 to hear it.

Emerging Cicadas in Villa Park

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 6:13 am

Here’s a cool photo of cicadas entering their adult phase (instar) taken by Paula K in Villa Park, Illinois!

emerging cicadas

May 19, 2007

Brood XIII News Update, 5/19/2007

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 9:16 am

Bug spray ineffective on cicadas [Beacon News] “Officials: Pesticides won’t do any good in warding off the bugs”. That’s what I’ve been saying all along. I was watching CNN last night and they said that there are so few bees left in North America to pollinate our food plants, that we have to import our food from South America and China (China!?!). No sense killing any more bees in the process of trying to kill a cicada.

May 16, 2007

Brood XIII News Update, 5/17/2007

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 9:54 pm

5 days?

News:

Prepare to be invaded! Teenage cicadas here in time for Memorial Day. Nice picture of a tree trunk covered with cicadas.

May 10, 2007

Brood XIII News Update, 5/10/2007

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 5:03 am

Plenty of pictures of cicadas in their nymph instar, but no adults yet. Waiting for photos…

Cicada recipe 1 courtesy of Kirk Moore. Get your kitchens ready!!! It’s almost cicada cookin’ time. (the idea of cooking cicadas makes me ill)

They’re heeere … : Area prepares for the return of cicadas. Note: the photo of the cicada is not a Magicicada, it’s a Tibicen.

May 8, 2007

Emergence Report

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 4:14 am

So far we have Bull Valley, a possible in Lake Bluff, and Highland Park

If you see cicadas don’t forget to take photos. Put them up on Flickr, the free photo sharing service, and use the broodxiii tag so others can find your Brood XIII cicadas. If you can, take a picture of a cicada with a newspaper or print out this web page and take a picture of the cicadas with that (for date reference).

Don’t forget to take video too, and put that video up on YouTube!

May 7, 2007

It’s on: Highland Park, IL

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 7:40 am

Earlier than expected, here’s some pictures of emerging cicadas in Highland Park, IL.

May 22nd is the date they were predicted to emerge, but thanks to warm weather and other factors…

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