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May 1, 2019

Cicada Safari app for tracking Magicicada periodical cicadas

Filed under: Community Science | Gene Kritsky | Identify | Magicicada | Periodical — Dan @ 9:28 pm

Mount St. Joseph University has released a new app called Cicada Safari. Its purpose is to help you identify periodical (Magicicada, 17-year, 13-year, “locusts”) cicadas, and share the location where you found them. Scientists like Dr. Gene Kritsky, of Mount St. Joseph University, will use the data to determine exactly where periodical cicadas exist, in order to create maps for future generations.

Website for the app: Cicada Safari App.

Judging by screenshots of the app, it looks like you can 1) identify cicadas, 2) take a photo and share it, 3) map the location where you found it, 4) compete with other cicada scientists for the most cicadas found. Looks that way at least.

Cicada Safari App

Cicada Safari App

The app lets you submit cicadas photos of any species.

Not in the eastern United States, and looking for an app to identify and report cicadas, other creatures, plants & fungi? Try the iNaturalist apps.


  1. Elsi says:

    If you have contacts at Mount St. Joseph University, you might let them know that their web site at is only displaying the web server test page. This web site is linked from your Cicada Mania site and is also the target when selecting “More Info” in the app. I looked, but couldn’t find any contact info in the app.

    1. Dan says:

      Thanks. I reported it to them. Gene Kritsky said they’re doing a site update right now.

  2. Michelle OHara says:

    We have the ground holes and have seen them coming out of them already.

    1. Dan says:

      What’s your state & county?

  3. Patsy Helmetag says:

    Cecily Cicada is a sweet book for kids 2-11 about the Brood X cicadas. All newly illustrated for the 2021 emergence. Written by a mother/daughter who wanted to ease the bug phobia of their granddaughter/daughter during the 2004 cicada cycle. Available on Amazon.

    1. Dan says:

      The new book looks good.

  4. Robin says:

    Jacksonville, Florida, Duval County has emerging cicadas in late august and right now September 7th to 9th. hear them in the woods. our woods have oak trees etc and very wet areas. they have 2 white dots on top. bottom of body is white. very close to your link
    I have less birds on my bird feeders and read birds don’t like sounds.
    I’m seeing dead ones in places like hallways that have lights

  5. Marta Hutson says:

    Cicada Safari app will not present the page for uploading photos. Finally got my first one in Henderson County,NC and am unable to send my information.

    1. Dan says:

      Thanks. I’ll report that to the App owner.

  6. Kyle says:

    7/16/20 Pensacola Florida. We took pictures of it.

  7. Jay M Sheppard says:

    I am retired zoologist…mostly vertebrates but strong background in insects. How do I report 2004 observations of Brood X that are not reflected in your current maps? Whole counties in western MD are missing from your database it appears. I do not have a smart phone for those new apps…just PCs. Was able to ID all three species, but have no pics….was a year later I got my first digital camera (sorry).

    Pls advise of some portal I can access to log in those records.

    Am looking forward to 2021!!!

    1. Dan says:

      @Jay, reach out to John Cooley of Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly

  8. Carla Bailey says:

    Smashed one on the patio yesterday, 5/29/20 at 8am
    Haven’t seen any more yet

    1. Julie says:


      1. Garth says:

        I know right? I mean, why?

  9. Julie says:

    Identified masses of brood IX cicada nymph holes and burrows emerging within last 2 weeks on our property Air temp only in 60’s-70’s so far. Glad to solve mystery of holes in yard. Northern Surry county NC, minutes fromVA, base of Blue Ridge Mtns.

  10. Jim Nicolazzo says:

    We live in bell acres pa and there all around us here. You can actually see the 1/2 round holes they come out of. This is the most we have ever seen as long as we have live in the area

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