Sandy Aiello was kind enough to let us post some of her Magicicada photos on Cicadamania:
Genera of cicadas.
May 31, 2009
May 26, 2009
On Monday (Memorial Day) I was lucky enough to find a lone Magicicada septendecim brood II straggler in Metuchen, NJ. This is a male, and he was about 1.5 inches or 3.8 centimeters long.
Look for orange coloring between the wing and eye to identify Magicicada septendecim:
Cicadas have 3 tiny eyes called ocelli:
Thanks to Elias for noticing the coloration behind the eye that IDs this as a decim.
May 23, 2009
According to messages left on this site, as well as the magicicada.org map, Brood II cicadas have emerged in New Jersey and New York. I’m in New Jersey, and I plan on looking for cicadas this weekend.
Brood II stragglers are emerging (4 years ahead of schedule) in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and New York.
Brood XIV stragglers are emerging (1 year after they’re supposed to) in Ohio.
I found some skins in Metuchen, NJ tonight. Apologies for the quality of the photo — I only had my cell phone with me.
May 20, 2009
So, we already know that Brood II stragglers are emerging in places like North Carolina and Virginia. Brood II cicadas weren’t due until 2013, which means the Brood II cicadas emerging now are emerging 4 years ahead of schedule.
At the same time, Brood XIV stragglers are emerging in Ohio (Batavia, Ohio to be exact). Brood XIV emerged in full-force last year, which means some Brood XIV cicadas emerging now are emerging 1 year behind schedule.
Here’s some pictures of the Brood XIV stragglers Roy Troutman found just tonight in Batavia, Ohio.
May 15, 2009
Sightings have been reported in Fredericksburg and Springfield Virginia on our message board (although the reports ended up in the wrong message board).
A sighting from the basement of a Staten Island home was reported on the Entomology-Cicadidae Yahoo Group.
Many people have reported sightings on the magicicada.org site, including locations in Virginia, Maryland and of course North Carolina.
Bonus points if you spot a straggler with the massospora cicadina fungus:
Finding cicadas with this fungus (which is relatively common during normal emergence years) would help disprove theories as to why they’re emerging early.
May 7, 2009
John Zyla of Cicadas.info has a report of a Brood II Magicicada (decim) found in Hollywood, St. Mary’s Co, MD.
I’m pretty psyched — looks like some Brood II stragglers might emerge in New Jersey.
May 6, 2009
Brood II isn’t set to emerge for 4 more years, however it appears that Brood II cicadas are emerging 4 years ahead of time in some places. See our previous post about the cicadas emerging in Greensboro NC.
Here’s a map of Brood II’s range.
If you do see or hear a Magicicada emerge this year, report it to Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly Magicicada.org).
And don’t forget to upload photos and video to your YouTubes, Flickrs, FaceBooks, MySpace, etc, and tell us about it.
Image of Magicicada:
May 4, 2009
Tommy Joseph took these photos of Magicicada septendecim emerging Greensboro, North Carolina.
Update: looking at the maps, they probably aren’t brood XIV. Looks like they are Brood II accelerated 4 years, or Brood XIX accelerated 2 years (which would make them 13 year cicadas).
Big pile of skins:
Magicicada with damaged wings:
Male Magicicada septendecim:
Exuvia/skins/shells on leaves:
April 24, 2009
Be on the lookout for Brood XIV stragglers. A few Magicicada that didn’t emerge in 2008 should appear in 2009! Keep your eyes and ears peeled.
January 19, 2009
This is a photo of the amazing Bagpipe cicada (Lembeja paradoxa) was taken by Timothy Emery (David Emery’s son).
Attached is a photo taken by my son, Timothy Emery from Thursday Island, Torres Strait off Cape York, Queensland. This a male “bagpipe cicada” (Lembeja paradoxa) singing for his female. These guys at rest look like dead leaves with wings folded under stems of grass, but when singing at dusk, rush up the stems and can expand their abdomens incredibly up to 5-10 x resting size (hence the bagpipe bit) and emit a very loud droning sound for their size. A great emergence of these on Thursday Island in the first 2 weeks of January.
The Bagpipe cicada can be found in the Northern tip of Queensland, from October to February, but they’re most common during January. (Moulds, M.S.. Australian Cicadas Kennsignton: New South Wales Press, 1990, p. 178)