The best gift you can get a cicada is to plant a tree or plant many trees (teamtrees.org). You can also avoid using pesticides, squash invasive species that destroy cicada habitat (EAB, Spotted Lantern Flies), don’t chop down trees & other plans cicadas call home, don’t cut down forests to make room for giant warehouses (I’m aware of the irony), and don’t sub-divide existing forested lands.
Random cicada things
Realistic Life Cycle of Animals Insects Set
A replica of 4 phases of a cicada’s life cycle. Reasonably accurate. Fun for the whole family. A personal favorite.
Insect Mesh Cage/Pavillion
When people ask me where should they put live cicadas, I recommend a Butterfly Pavilion. If it works for butterflies, it typically works for cicadas.
Cicadas Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle illustrated by Meryl Henderson
Cicadas Strange and Wonderful is non-fiction and well-illustrated. It’s meant for kids, but anyone who collects cicada merch should also get it.
Cicadas of North America: The Season of the Cicadas by Les Daniels.
I’ve known Les since the 1990s. In the early days of Cicada Mania, Les contributed many images to the site. The Season of the Cicadas is his book about North American cicadas and features many of his photos.
Cicadas of Australia: A photo guide to common cicadas of the Greater Sydney region by Nathan Emery.
Nathan Emery and his father David Emery, who has contributed many cicada photos to this site, are experts on the subject of the cicadas of Australia. A photo guide to common cicadas of the Greater Sydney region is Nathan’s field guide. It features a wealth of information and beautiful photos.
Periodical (17 & 13 Year) Cicada Books
Periodical Cicadas: The Brood X Edition by Gene Kritsky
Dr. Gene Kritsky has devoted his life to studying and promoting periodical cicadas. The Brood X Edition is specific to Brood X (next out in 2037), but much of the information applies to any brood.
Cicada: Exotic Views by Davy Shian.
Cicada: Exotic Views is a perennial classic about periodical cicadas. This book is illustrated with cartoons, like a comic book. It focuses on the diversity of reactions people have to periodical cicadas.
For Kids: Cecily Cicada
Cecily Cicada is an illustrated story about a cicada named Cecily, updated for 2020. Every 17 years the author asks me to promote it on CicadaMania.com. :)
Classic 2020 T-Shirts & Merch:
A Zazzle store of cicada merch. Mostly 2020/Brood X, but there are some annual bangers as well. Check back for sales.