Cicada Mania

Dedicated to cicadas, the most amazing insects in the world.

Cicadas have three types of life cycles: annual, periodical, proto-periodical.

July 3, 2008

Looking back at Brood XIV: 2 dozen cicadas on a tree

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 8:20 am


DSC_0052, originally uploaded by nikon_d50_user.

Another cool Flickr photo.

Looking back at Brood XIV: Ick bugs

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 8:18 am


Ick bugs, originally uploaded by scribbie.

Another fine photo from Flickr.

A look back at Brood XIV: Cicada Tree

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 8:00 am


Cicada Tree, originally uploaded by Mark from Cincinnati.

Another photo from Flickr — all that stuff on the ground — cicadas.

A video Montage of Brood XIV Magicicadas in Ohio in 2008

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical | Video — Dan @ 7:12 am

Brood XIV Magicicadas in Ohio in 2008:

  • A male missing it's abdomen.
  • Another missing it's abdomen due to a fungus infection.
  • Adult cicada with it's nymph skin still attached.
  • A cicada laying eggs on a branch. Mating cicadas.

We need a CICADA montage! from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

May 18, 2008

Roy’s cicadas emerge in captivity

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 7:32 am

Like Matt Berger, Roy Troutman was able to observe Magicicadas emerge in captivity. Here’s an excellent photo of one of Roy’s cicadas.

Roy

Cicada Emergence Update

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 6:50 am

Shawn McLeod in Flemingsburg, Kentucky has reported a light emergence (3 cicadas).

John Hupka has reported empty shells of Cicadas in Nashville, Davidson Co, Tennessee!

Diane has reported “The Cicadas have arrived in our trees. We are 30 miles northwest of Nashville, TN. They seem to like our sycamore trees.”

Sherry has reported “I just got back from Cades Coves Tennessee the Magicicada were in the emergence stage both nights.”

Greg Stamper reported “Hazard, Kentucky – The Cicada started slowly a week ago now are beginning to pick up speed.”

John reported “I live in Floyd County Kentucky ans there are hundreds of them coming out.”

Tammy reported “I live in Corbin KY and my house is COVERED!!!!”

Also check out the Where Are They Now map on the Mount’s Cicada Web Site.

May 11, 2008

Another Periodical Cicada Photo on Flickr

Filed under: Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 9:11 pm


Cicada, originally uploaded by blanp.

By this time next week Flickr.com will be swarming with cicada photos.

May 2, 2008

C.L. Marlatt’s Periodical Cicada bulletin online

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

The USDA National Agriculture Library has published the full 148 page bulletin from 1898 titled The periodical cicada: an account of Cicada septendecim, its natural enemies and the means of preventing its injury : together with a summary of the distribution of the different broods.

The document is viewable as images or in PDF form, and features an abundance of information, and excellent, now public domain illustrations (like those below).

Illustration from Marlatt

Illustration from Marlatt

April 30, 2008

The first adult Magicicada

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Matt Berger | Periodical — Dan @ 9:28 pm

Matt Berger was able to coerce a cicada nymph to enter the adult phase (instar) by raising it indoors (where it is warmer). Congratulations to Matt!

I took a Brood XIV nymph i found under a rock about a week ago, put some soil in a pot, poked a cicada sized hole in the soil and let the cicada burrow in. I wanted to see if I could make them emerge early. I put it in my house where it is warm. It worked! I now have a male (im guessing M. cassini) that just emerged from that hole and shed his skin and is now drying. Probably the first Magicicada to emerge all year! Earliest emergence I have ever heard of (even if it was assisted). Thought it might be interesting for Cicadamania.
Here are some pictures!

Here’s the nymph:

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Here’s the adult leaving the nymph skin:

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Here’s the teneral adult, still white in color (I will turn black soon enough):

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April 23, 2008

Cicada nymphs, chimneys and holes

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 5:12 pm

Here are some new photos from Roy Troutman that will give you a good idea of what to look for when searching for signs of cicadas in your yard:

This is a pair of Magicicada nymphs, much like you might find when gardening or turning over logs or stones in your yard.

Magicicada nymphs

See those beige globs of soil amongst the leaves and debris? Those are called cicada chimneys. They are a sure sign that a cicada nymph is below the soil, and will emerge in a few days or weeks.

Magicicada chimneys

Look closely at this picture and you’ll see holes in the ground. Those are holes that cicada nymphs have dug, and they’re another sure sign of where a cicada will emerge.

Cicada holes

On May 1st we’ll start making predictions as to when they’ll start to emerge.

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