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May 22, 2004

Cicada News 5/22/2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | Music | News | Periodical — Dan @ 6:11 pm

Photos from the New Jersey epicenter: cicadas invade
Princeton university
from Julie Angarone.

From what I see and hear you will find cicadas galore down Prospect Street and at 171 Broadmead. The upper old campus (Nassau Hall etc) is slowly being inundated, and they are running rampant down near New South and the dorms near the dinky.

MP3 Music: Brood X (Magicicada septendecim) by George Fox.

Seventeen years was such a long time
Now we’re coming out and going up to the sky

May 20, 2004

Cicada News for 5/20/2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | News | Periodical — Dan @ 6:03 pm Trillions of bugs to invade USA. (thx Roy).

Trillions of insects are set to invade the eastern US as they burst from the earth after 17 years underground.

Cicada Mania was interviewed for and featured in this New
York Times article

PRINCETON, N.J., May 18 – The cicadas are back. Or, since they’ve never actually left – just dropped out of sight – they’re out again.

Cicada fun fact: when they die, they smell really bad — kind of like "land shrimp".

May 15, 2004

Cicada News 5/15/2004

Filed under: Brood X | Eating Cicadas | Magicicada | News | Periodical — Dan @ 5:48 pm

Cicada Mania was mentioned in this recent
Washington Post article
. (thx Donna)

In isolated pockets across the Washington area, periodical cicadas have begun to emerge in heavy numbers, the silent beginning of an infestation of black-bodied, red-eyed insects that is going to get a lot more intense and a lot more noisy before it ends next month.

Cicada Mania was mentioned in the Christian Science
Monitor article Invasion of the teenage insects

Every 17 years they emerge. To some, it’s a dream come true: an opportunity to see nature in full-blown action. To others it’s a waking nightmare: the invasion of the really big bugs with the big red eyes.

Too good not to share: Cicada-licious: cooking and enjoying periodical cicadas: the ultimate guide to cooking and eating cicadas. [Adobe Acrobat PDF] Link goes to

May 7, 2004

Cicada News 5/7/2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | News | Periodical — Dan @ 5:47 pm

Washington Post :Cicada Emergence by the Numbers. This article features an exceptional chart outlining the probability of a cicada emergence. (thx Mike).

High-protein, low-carbohydrate diet fanatics take note: The billions of cicadas emerging from the ground en masse this month are a healthy alternative to that bacon double-cheeseburger without the bun.

April 27, 2004

Cicada News for 4/27/2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | News | Periodical — Dan @ 5:23 pm

The Washington Post’s Express is available online as a PDF Dowload it and read Helen Fields’ "Cicada Survival Guide".

Some people just couldn’t wait to meet the cicadas of Brood X—even if it meant traveling hundreds of miles.

Baltimore Sun heading: Ick! ‘Looks Like A Bumper Crop (thx Roy).

With uncanny mathematical precision, and with sex on their minds, millions of red-eyed cicadas that last saw daylight in 1987 are poised just beneath the Maryland soil, raring to wriggle out, raise hell, make love and die, carpeting the ground with rotting carcasses.

TerraDaily: After a 17 Year Wait, Milllions of Locust-like Insects To Swarm Parts Of The… (thx Roy).

Locust-like insects called cicadas will make their appearance soon in biblical proportions across large swathes of the United States for about three weeks — only to vanish and re-appear again.

April 7, 2004

Cicada News for 4/7/2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | News | Periodical — Dan @ 5:07 pm

New York Times: After 17 Years, They’re Back, and in the Mood for Love

TERRIFYING creatures from a lost age strike from the depths of the earth!

In 1956, those words were used to describe ”The Mole People,” a sci-fi horror film about an ill-fated encounter with a subterranean civilization. But they might apply just as well today to a production coming soon to lawns across the Eastern United States: the invasion of Brood X.

February 28, 1999

Cicada Mail from February 1999

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social | Periodical — Dan @ 9:04 am



All these letters concerning the hazards of eating periodical cicadas! I’ve eaten them before, sauteed in butter. The best ones are those that have just emerged from their nymphal-skins, and are still white and soft. They have a sweetish, piney flavor and I highly recomend them! I’ve been fascinated with cicadas for years and have a large collection of them, from the US and also from Japan. I have the two types shown on your homepage, plus several other Japanese cicadas, including the massive Kuma-semi (bear-cicada), with it’s 1/2 diameter drums and erie call (sounds like an unearthly male voice saying the word ‘hiss’ over and over again!!). The Kuma- semi is shiny black, covered with fine gold dust, very wide Tibicen-like head, clear wings with large bright yellow-green margins, underside is powdered white and orange with large opercula, also orange with black. This is the largest cicada I’ve seen, considerably larger than any American cicada, some having three-inch long bodies! The Higurashi-semi is one of my favorites, the males have abdomens like paper lanterns, almost transparent and their call is like someone blowing a series of rising short toots on a flute or recorder, which quickly decay in pitch and then stop. They sing early in the morning before sunrise, and in the twilight after sunset, and to hear a chorus of them is one of the most wonderful sounds in nature! As the sun comes up the Higurashi chorus dies out and the daytime cicadas start spooling up, the Abura, Min-min, Ni-ni, Tsukutu-tsukutu-boshi all start calling, and every summer they are all in swarms almost as large as the periodical swarms here. The Kuma-semi was rare in Yokosuka where I lived, and when one started calling amongst the thousands of regulars, its voice stood out big-time, louder, with the distant ‘sss-sss-sss-sss’ getting my attention every time. I traveled to lake Ashi, northeast of Yokosuka and found the Kuma-semi abundant there. At last I got to hear choruses of them and I was big-time impressed! I do miss the cicadas of Japan, alot, and hope to return to record them. Fred [2/8/1999]

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