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Genera of cicadas.

June 1, 2007

Chicago

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 9:05 pm

Looking forward to seeing Gene Kritsky speak tomorrow at the Lake County Forest Preserve.

Blogs (some with pictures)
First, Catch Your Cicada .

Photo of the day

Photo by Joe Balynas.

Cicada

Cicadas in Ann Arbor area?

Filed under: Magicicada — Dan @ 3:01 pm

Kaz wrote to tell us that Magicicadas are appearing around Ann Arbor MI, contrary to popular opinion — I’ll waiting for pictures to confirm…. Developing…

Update: these would be Brood X stragglers, not brood XIII. 🙂

May 28, 2007

Emergence Report for 5/28

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 9:53 am

There’s been some Wisconsin reports: Lake Geneva, WI and Iowa County. Will Iowa state be next?

Photos

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.

Diceroprocta vitripennis. out in Mississippi

Filed under: Cryptotympanini | Diceroprocta | Paul Krombholz | United States — Tags: — Dan @ 9:34 am

Here’s a break in the Magicicada mania: a Diceroprocta vitripennis. This photo was taken by Cicada Mania regular Paul Krombholz in Jackson Mississippi just last week. Cicadas like Diceroprocta vitripennis are annual cicadas: they emerge each year in small numbers, and as you can see, they rely on camouflage for survival. Annual cicadas are also quite shy compared to the periodic Magicicadas — they have very different life strategies. American annual cicadas rely on stealth and cunning to survive while searching for a mate. Periodic cicadas rely on the fact that there are so many of them, that some will always survive to carry on the species.

Diceroprocta vitripennis by Paul Krombholz

Diceroprocta vitripennis by Paul Krombholz

Notes from Paul:

I am continuing this season to try to get pictures of all the cicadas in the
Jackson, Mississippi area. I just got a female specimen of Diceroprocta
vitripennis. I found it in low vegetation on a sand bar next to the Pearl
River. Thanks to John Davis and the collectors at the Mississippi Museum of
Science for the tip on where to look for them! From head to wing tips, it
is 38 mm, but the wings of this species are longer in relation to body
length than those of Tibicens. Body length of this vitripennis was only
22mm.

Magicicada Emerging from its Exuvia

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 8:59 am

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.

Molting Magicicada:
Molting Magicicada

Molting Magicicada:
Molting Magicicada

Mating Magicicada:
Mating Magicicada

May 25, 2007

Emergence Report for 5/26

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 9:17 pm

New Emergence Locations: River Forest, Oak Park, Lenox (all Illinois)

Anyone in Wisconsin or Iowa see a cicada yet?

Photos:

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.

May 24, 2007

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):

jamesp-cropped01

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

seagulls

magicicada skins

Cicada Rapp

Filed under: Magicicada | Music — Dan @ 4:35 am

Check out the CicadaCicadaCiada rapp by Soul-gers on the Mic (MySpace Music). You’ll notice that they use real cicada sounds in place of instruments in the song — pretty cool!

May 22, 2007

Brood XIV Stragglers in Ohio, Part 3

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical Stragglers | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 7:05 pm

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.

Brood XIV Stragglers in Ohio, Part 3

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