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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.

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

Where are they now, and what is that smell?

Filed under: Brood XIV | FAQs — Dan @ 8:52 am

Where:

Folks wondering where the cicadas are now should take a look at the ‘Where Are They Now’ page on The Mount’s Cicada Web Site or the ‘See a map of 2008 Periodical Cicada sightings’ page on magicicada.org. You can zoom in on the maps and find public spaces (like parks) which you can visit to experience the event. You can report your sightings to these websites as well.

What’s that smell?
The one aspect of these cicadas that most cicada sites don’t discuss is the odor that their rotting corpses produce, to paraphrase John Cooley. Cicadas can get real funky, and by funky I don’t mean Parliament-Funkadelic funky, or even Red Hot Chilli Peppers funky — I mean “someone filled running sneakers with cheese and pork fried rice and left it in the trunk of their car in July” funky. Cicadas do stink, especially when their bodies pile up at the base of trees, and get soaked with rain, and then baked in the late-spring heat. They smell like a rotten pork roll, bacon, and cheese sandwich to me. They really do. They’re fleshy insects — get a pile of them together, and it’s just like having a rotten pile of meat and fat in your yard.

So what can you do about the funk? Clean up before they get funky. Be proactive. Just get a shovel and dispose of them with your garbage, bury them like a Soprano, or put them in your compost pile (they are very, very mineral-rich and will make great fertilizer for trees and shrubs). I don’t recommend burning them, and that might increase the stink, nor do I recommend grabbing handfuls of rotting, wet corpses and throwing them at your friends. Bad idea.

June 2, 2008

Light on the pronotum

Filed under: Anatomy | Brood XIV — Dan @ 6:33 am

Roy Troutman’s brother in law Gary spotted this Magicicada with an unusually light pronotum. Normally the pronotum features 2 dark/black patches. In this example they are almost non-existent.

Pronotum light

New York and Massachusetts have begun

Filed under: Brood XIV — Dan @ 6:22 am

According to reports on the message board, other cicada sites and the media, the emergence has begun in Long Island and Massachusetts. The only state not to check in so far has been New Jersey. I can speculate why, but I won’t in this forum.

June 1, 2008

Eclosing Magicicada in Roy Troutman’s backyard

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Video — Dan @ 6:37 am

Eclosing/molting Magicicada in Roy Troutman's backyard on June 1st 2008 in Ohio.

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May 31, 2008

Eclosing Magicicadas in Loveland Ohio

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Video — Dan @ 6:41 am

Eclosing/Molting Magicicadas on May 31st, 2008 in Loveland Ohio.

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May 26, 2008

Cicada emergence photos from Loveland OH

Filed under: Brood XIV | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 10:59 am

Roy sent in a batch of photos from the Loveland OH emergence. I’ll post more and larger versions as soon as I’m done celebrating Memorial Day.

3 Stooges

Emerging

May 25, 2008

Cicada Webcam is … down for the next 17 years

Filed under: Brood XIV — Dan @ 6:53 pm

Here’s a shot from Roy Troutman’s Cicada Cam from 5/27:

Cicada Cam Grab

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