Today I leave for Chicago! Saturday and Sunday I’ll be around the Lake County Forest Preserve Cicada Mania events. Saturday is Gene Kritsky, and Sunday is the Cicada Mania festival. Hopefully there will be time to drive up to Wisconsin because I’ve never been there. Monday, I’ll probably head down to the Brookfield Zoo, and watch the animals eat cicadas.
If you see me (I look like Lenny Clark) say hello.
Some new emergence locations: Prophetstown, IL, Wicker Park in Chicago, just east of Portage, IN, Moraine Nature Preserve, New Lenox, IL… BTW, Lake Geneva, Wi seems like a hot spot for Wisconsin.
A massive brood XIII photoset on Flickr. The Cicada photos keep pouring in to Flickr — check them out.
Ms Frack has posted another great series of photos on her blog.
It’s the King Of Cicada. Listen and download.
News and Blogs
Tips to protect small trees.
Video of teachers eating cicadas for charity.
Why is Curmudgeon driving us buggy? More cicada stuff….. Nice pictures.
Cicada Outbreaks Linked to Other Animals’ Booms, Busts. I contributed a quote to this one.
There’s been some Wisconsin reports: Lake Geneva, WI and Iowa County. Will Iowa state be next?
There are hundreds of cicada photos on flickr. Here’s some favorites:
A pile of exuvia.
A large pile at the foot of a tree.
Dozens climbing up a tree limb.
Close up of an adult.
Here’s some nice close ups (macros) of a Magicicada emerging from its exuvia (what most people call skin, or husk, or shell). The photos were taken by Michael Fiorenzo with a Nikon Coolpix 3200. Click the images for the full size originals.
New Emergence Locations: River Forest, Oak Park, Lenox (all Illinois)
Anyone in Wisconsin or Iowa see a cicada yet?
And squirrels eating cicadas!
More Flickr photo sets:
ninjono’s cicada photos.
Elmhurst Bags’ cicada photos.
baywatchbanks’ cicada photos.
mawlor410’s cicada photos.
srfagan’s cicada photos. Nice photos of piles of cicada skins at the base of a tree.
Also read my article: Are cicadas safe to eat?. Watch out if you’re prone to gout.
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 Location: Highland Park.
An interesting photo from Daniel Devine’s blog: one nymph crawling on top of an adult trying to emerge:
Photos by Mark Muto of cicadas from North Riverside.
Emergence Locations: Glenview, Flossmoor, Des Plaines, Brookfield, Palos Heights, … (all Illinois)
A funny photo from from James P from Glenview, IL (click the image for a larger version):
From Sue B in Flossmoor, IL, the cicadas and the sea gulls patiently waiting to eat them:
Here’s another Brood XIV straggler from Roy Troutman’s yard. It’s hard to believe all that cicada once fit in that tiny skin.
Illinois: Westmont, Elmhurst, East Peoria, Metamora, Clarendon Hills, Western Springs, Villa Park, Hinsdale, Orland Park…
Indiana: Crown Point…
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.
Here’s a cool photo of cicadas entering their adult phase (instar) taken by Paula K in Villa Park, Illinois!