There’s going to be a lot of cicada news this year, so I’m going to start publishing a regular cicada news feature. Here is a recap of news for March, so far.
Two articles that are getting a lot of buzz:
The 17-Year Cicadas Are Coming in the Business Insider.
The Cicadas Are Coming! Crowdsourcing An Underground Movement on NPR.
Flying salt shakers of death, written by Angie Macias, is an article about the Massospora fungus that attacks cicadas.
flickr.com/photos/andreas… A wonderful Carineta sp. cicada from Equador
— Cicada Mania (@cicadamania) March 14, 2013
An illustration of the possibly extinct but hopefully not New Forest Cicada. @newforestcicada newforestcicada.info twitter.com/cicadamania/st…
— Cicada Mania (@cicadamania) March 13, 2013
Cicadas’ antibacterial trick may help humans, written by Russell McLendon, is an article about how the structure of cicada wings help them defend themselves from bacteria. “Scientists have found tiny spikes on cicada wings that rupture and kill bacterial cells — a disease-fighting strategy that might also work in manmade materials”.
Japanese woodblock art (ukiyo-e) featuring cicadas ukiyo-e.org/search?q=cicad… twitter.com/cicadamania/st…
— Cicada Mania (@cicadamania) March 2, 2013
as a child i followed the emergence of cicadas with great delight. I kept the exo-skeletons in my dollhouse. I am excited about this scientific study that the public can follow.