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February 29, 2020

Brood X Magicicada photo by Fred Berry from 2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 7:50 am

Brood X Magicicada photo by Fred Berry from 2004. Parts unknown.

Brood X Magicicada photo by Fred Berry from 2004

Brood X Magicicada photos by Mark Goldberg from 2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 7:46 am

Brood X Magicicada photos by Mark Goldberg from 2004. Maryland.

Brood X Magicicada photo by Mark Goldberg from 2004, Maryland.

Brood X Magicicada photo by Mark Goldberg from 2004, Maryland.

Brood X Magicicada photo by Mark Goldberg from 2004, Maryland.

Brood X Magicicada photo by Mark Goldberg from 2004, Maryland.

Brood X Magicicada photo by Mark Goldberg from 2004, Maryland.

Brood X Magicicada photo by Mark Goldberg from 2004, Maryland.

Brood X Magicicada photos by Phil Smith from 2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 7:41 am

Brood X Magicicada photos by Phil Smith from 2004. Indiana.

Brood X Magicicada photo by Phil Smith from 2004. Indiana.

Brood X Magicicada photo by Phil Smith from 2004. Indiana.

Magicicada Brood X photo by Frank Mefford from 2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 7:36 am

Magicicada Brood X photo by Frank Mefford from 2004. Kentucky.

Magicicada Brood X photo by Frank Mefford from 2004. Kentucky.

Magicicada Brood X photo by Walter Hanig from 2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 7:32 am

Magicicada Brood X photo by Walter Hanig from 2004. Washington, D.C.

Magicicada Brood X photo by Walter Hanig from 2004. Washington, D.C.

Magicicada Brood X photos by Steve Groh from 2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 7:26 am

Magicicada Brood X photos by Steve Groh from 2004. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Magicicada Brood X photos by Steve Groh from 2004

Magicicada Brood X photos by Steve Groh from 2004

Magicicada Brood X photos by Steve Groh from 2004

Magicicada Brood X photos by Steve Groh from 2004

February 28, 2020

Photos of Magicicada cicadas with white & blue eyes by Roy Troutman

Filed under: Brood X | Eye Color | Magicicada | Periodical | Photos & Illustrations | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 4:22 pm

Photos of Magicicada cicadas with white & blue eyes by Roy Troutman from 2004.

Photo of a Magicicada cicada with blue eyes by Roy Troutman.
Photo of a Magicicada cicada with blue eyes by Roy Troutman.

Photo of a Magicicada cicada with blue eyes by Roy Troutman.
Photo of a Magicicada cicada with blue eyes by Roy Troutman.

Photo of a Magicicada cicada with white eyes by Roy Troutman.
Photo of a Magicicada cicada with white eyes by Roy Troutman.

Photo of a Magicicada cicada with white eyes by Roy Troutman.
Photo of a Magicicada cicada with white eyes by Roy Troutman.

Magicicada Photos by Gwen Elferdink from Brood X, 2004

Filed under: Magicicada | Periodical | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 4:07 pm

17-year Magicicada Photos by Gwen Elferdink from Brood X 2004.

Magicicada photo by Gwen Elferdink

Magicicada photo by Gwen Elferdink

Magicicada photo by Gwen Elferdink

Magicicada photo by Gwen Elferdink

August 7, 2019

Check for first instar periodical cicada nymphs

Filed under: Eggs | Magicicada | Nymphs | Ovipositing | Periodical — Dan @ 4:26 am

It’s been about six weeks since the emergence of Brood VIII in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Oklahoma. Now (first week of August) is a good a time as any to check for periodical cicada nymphs that have hatched from eggs laid in branches. Once they hatch they’ll find their way to the ground, where they’ll find and begin feeding on roots for the next 17 years.

Look on branches where cicada laid their eggs.

An illustration of egg nests (Marlatt 1907 Egg Nest Detail):
Marlatt 1907 Egg Nest Detail

A nymph on a branch with adult male finger for comparison:
Periodical Cicada Nymph

Close up:
Periodical Cicada Nymph

Another close up:
Periodical Cicada Nymph

June 21, 2019

My Brood VIII Report

Filed under: Brood VIII | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 7:54 pm

This year Brood VIII periodical cicadas emerged in the Pittsburgh area, and I traveled to see and map them. Unfortunately, I only had 3 days, so I only saw the western side of the Brood.

Mating Magicicada septendecim

All things considered — including cool, cloudy weather (which cicadas don’t like as much as hot & sunny) and a very rainy spring — Brood VIII was the least impressive brood I’ve witnessed, in terms of the sheer number of cicadas. I hope no one in the Pittsburgh area takes offense to that statement — Brood VIII is your brood, and you should be proud of it. It is just that as we humans build more and more, and continue to alter the environment, the numbers of cicadas will steadily dwindle. and I think we’re seeing that happen to Brood VIII.

Here’s an impromptu map of the places I saw cicadas:

Brood VIII Mapping

And a list of places:

  • Allegheny Township
  • Apollo
  • Bethel Township
  • Black Lick
  • Blairsville
  • Blue Spruce Park
  • Bolivar
  • Boyce Park
  • Brush Valley Township
  • Center Township
  • Crooked Creek Horse Park
  • Derry Township
  • Elizabeth
  • Hempfield Township
  • Home
  • Homer City
  • Hoodlebug Trail
  • Indiana
  • Keystone State Park
  • Ligonier
  • New Alexandria
  • New Florence
  • Parks Township
  • Pine Ridge Park
  • Rayne Township
  • Round Hill Park
  • St Clair Township
  • Stahlstown
  • Two Lick Creek Dam
  • Unity
  • Washington Township
  • West Wheatfield Township
  • White Township
  • Yellow Creek State Park

And some photos:

Female Magicicada septendecim

Male Magicicada septendecim

Just a head

Video of the amazing cicada that was just a head.

A very cool Brood VIII cicada frisbee:

Cicada Frisbee

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