Steve send us this video of his daughter Elena’s Cicada Song. I hope you enjoy it:
November 30, 2021
November 29, 2021
2021 Cicada Gift Guide
No matter what you celebrate — Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays, graduations, Treat Yourself Day — cicada-related items are a great gift! At the end of 2021, I’m sharing cicada gift-related ideas, here and on social media. Check back for more tips.
The Season of the Cicadas by Les Daniels
The Season of Cicadas is the best general book about North American cicadas in print.
A photo guide to common cicadas of the Greater Sydney region by Nathan Emery
This is the best book about cicadas found in Australia in print. Get it from this website.
Cicadas of New Zealand by Olly Hills
This is the only book about the cicadas of New Zealand that I know of. Get it from this website.
Headbone Brood X Notebook
Many will remember the Brood X cicada emergence. How about a souvenir of the emergence and a useful notebook? Check out headbone’s Brood X notebook.
Sue Fink’s Cicada Suite
Sue Fink’s “Cicada Suite” features 2 songs about cicadas on an adorable cicada-shaped flash drive. Irresistible!
Toy plastic cicadas? Why not. It’s winter in the northern hemisphere, so these fake cicadas will have to do.
Periodical Cicadas: The Brood X Edition by Gene Kritsky
This is a good souvenir of the 2021 Brood X emergence.
Cicadas!: Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle. This book is good for kids, well-illustrated, and covers annual cicadas so it’s good any year.
Cecily Cicada: 2021 Edition by Kita Helmetag Murdock and Patsy Helmetag
Cecily Cicada is a fictional story for kids about a cicada named Cecily. It is a perennial favorite.
Each day I’ll add more gift ideas here.
July 7, 2021
Cicada song of the day: “cicadas are just like us…” by @natalieburdick
Cicada song of the day: “cicadas are just like us…” by @natalieburdick
July 5, 2021
cicada by Khi Lo
Here’s a love song inspired by 17-year cicadas: “cicada” by Khi Lo.
June 29, 2021
Jennifer Angus: Magicicada, a cicada art exhibit at the Staten Island Museum
The Staten Island Museum is home to William T. Davis’ massive collection of cicadas and other insects. A new exhibition of insect-based art opens on July 16 at the Staten Island Museum, by artist Jennifer Angus.
Art by Jennifer Angus.
Here’s the press release.
For Immediate Release
Jennifer Angus: Magicicada
New exhibition of insect-based art opens July 16 at the Staten Island Museum
(Staten Island, NY — June 29, 2021) As Brood X wanes, cicadas emerge anew at the Staten Island Museum with Jennifer Angus: Magicicada, a new exhibition opening Friday, July 16 2021 and running through May 22, 2022.
Magicicada is an immersive exhibit featuring exquisite ornamental patterns and imaginative vignettes created by artist Jennifer Angus using hundreds of preserved insects. Taking inspiration from the Museum’s collection of cicadas- one of the world’s largest- the installation will feature over two dozen species of cicada, including Brood X periodical cicadas, or Magicicadas, collected during the 2021 emergence.
“Cicadas, and Magicicada in particular, have a deep connection and meaning to the Staten Island Museum. Founder William T. Davis was the cicada expert during his lifetime and was even the one who coined the name Magicicada, capturing the wonder of the periodical cicadas’ mass emergences and long disappearances. It is especially poignant that this exhibit is opening as we are also remerging into the world after a time of darkness. I am hopeful that it can bring people a sense of joy and wonder after a time of profound loss.” Colleen Evans, Staten Island Museum Director of Natural Science.
Using responsibly collected and preserved specimens, Angus creates site-specific installations with hundreds of insects pinned directly to walls, creating patterns reminiscent of textiles or wallpaper. Up close, the installations reveal themselves to be comprised of actual insects, often species that are not traditionally considered beautiful. Angus’s installations also include Victorian-style insect dioramas in antique furniture and bell jars. Her work motivates viewers to find beauty in unexpected places and to understand the importance of insects and other creatures to our world.
In preparation for this exhibit, Angus spent time in the Museum’s extensive natural history collections to help shape the finished show. Select objects and specimens from the natural science collection, including retired collection storage and historic taxidermy, will be featured throughout the gallery amidst Angus’s fanciful arthropod arrangements. During the spring Brood X emergence, she traveled to Princeton, NJ along with the Museum’s Director of Natural Science, Colleen Evans, and Joseph Yoon from Brooklyn Bugs to observe and collect cicadas for the show.
Artist Jennifer Angus states: “I often say that the meat and potatoes of my installations are cicadas. They come big and small. Tropical species often can have colourful wings causing many people to assume they are moths, but unlike those insects, cicadas are tough, hardy creatures standing up to repeated use in my art installations. I could not have been more delighted when the SIM contacted me, and I learned of founder William T. Davis’ passion for cicadas which were an under documented species in his day. I have had the privilege of exploring the SIM’s collection, the one of the largest of cicadas in the world, and have been inspired by these mysterious creatures who spend most of their lives underground but upon emerging let us all know of their presence with loud calls. That Brood X periodical cicadas have emerged this year as well is a joyous event and has brought considerable notice to cicadas. I deeply appreciate the assistance provided by the SIM’s staff in working with me to celebrate the cicada.”
Magicicada is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Staten Island Museum is supported in part by public funds provided through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and by the New York State Council on the Arts.
Exhibition Related Programing
Brood X Sounding Off: Saturday, July 17, 2 pm — 3 pm
Cicada Talk with Colleen Evans, Director of Natural Science
Virtual Artist Talk: Sunday, September 19, 3 pm-4 pm
Staten Island Museum is located on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, Staten Island, NY 10301.
About the Artist:
Jennifer Angus is a professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches in the Textile and Apparel Design Program. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and her Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jennifer has exhibited work throughout the world and at galleries such as the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA.
Art by Jennifer Angus.
May 29, 2021
THE PERIODICAL CICADA resurrected as a free streaming cicada themed variety show
THE PERIODICAL CICADA resurrected as a free streaming cicada-themed variety show.
Theater of the Apes celebrates the emergence of BROOD X with a FREE 17-year Cicada-themed Virtual Variety Show.
June 7th, 7 PM EST. tune in:
Cicada Suite: 2 cicada-related songs, on a specially designed cicada-shaped flash drive
I like Cicadas. I like songs about Cicadas.
But Cicada-related songs on a cicada-shaped flash drive?! That’s awesome.
Check out Sue Fink’s Cicada Suite.
Brood X-ellence, a rap about Brood X by EntoGeek
I’m surprised that this is the first rap song about Brood X I’ve heard so far.
Brood X-ellence, a rap about Brood X by EntoGeek. It’s pretty good.
May 20, 2021
A new Snappy Cicada Pizza video for 2021!
Snappy Tomato Pizza has once again transformed into Snappy Cicada Pizza.
More information here, posted by Ed on another post.
Here you go — this will help: Snappy Cicada Pizza Video: https://youtu.be/p86ch6qVfHU
We have just announced our partnership with The Christ Hospital to celebrate the birth of the cicadas and newborns at the hospital — see press release here: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/ReleaseNg/4194884
It’s been 17 years since Cincinnati last saw the Brood X cicadas, and there’s no doubt that their return has caused a lot of “buzz” around the Tristate! The Christ Hospital wanted to do something to commemorate this wild and rare time and we can’t think of a better partner to help us than Cincinnati’s own Snappy Tomato Pizza. Remember that jingle from the 80s? While there was never an actual Snappy Cicada Pizza, Snappy still brushes it off just for fun every cicada resurgence!
This time around, The Christ Hospital and Snappy Tomato Pizza are teaming up to start a new tradition. To help welcome newborns and cicadas, each baby born at both The Christ Hospital Mt. Auburn and Liberty Township locations over the next few weeks will receive a free, limited-edition, “All the Buzz” onesie! Parents will also get a coupon for a free pizza (cicadas, unfortunately, not included) and Snappy swag generously donated by Snappy Tomato Pizza!
Here’s some previous incarnations: Snappy Cicada Pizza Jingles.
May 18, 2021
Cicada Serenade (parody) Brood X Spring 2021 Emergence! Rejoice!
A new song/parody video sent to us by Tracy Mayle: Cicada Serenade (parody) Brood X Spring 2021 Emergence! Enjoy.