Cicadas @ UCONN (formerly Magicicada.org) reported on Facebook that they’ve received their first two Brood XIX sightings. You can see where on their site (check their 2011 Brood XIX sightings map).
Have you seen a cicada, and not reported it yet?
Here’s what to look for to get ready:
Look for holes in soil. Holes about the diameter of man’s finger. This is a sign that nymphs have dug their way to the surface in preparation to emerge:
Also Look for cicada chimneys, aka turrets. These are similar to holes in that the nymphs are coming to the surface in preparation to emerge. The cicadas build these structures out of soil where their tunnels meet the surface.
Look for cicada nymphs. This is what Magicicada nymphs look like. They’re golden-brown, they have six prominent legs, and red eyes.
Look for adults. The guy at the top-right side of every Cicada Mania page is a Magicicada. You’ll also find hundreds of Magicicada photos in our gallery on this site.
They are plentiful here in Texas.
Many shed exo-skeletons on deck posts and our Yellow-Bell leaves. Air is filled with a constant droning buzz. Last year we had some flagging on various Oak Tree branches, but none so far this year.
Location: 30Â°34’56” N. 97Â°45’5″ W
Gulick The Emu Ranch
First clear record of emerging adults on magicicada.org today…
It looks like those records may be sightings of nymphs preparing to emerge. The one in northern GA is especially surprising since the first ones to appear are more likely to be in the warmest places, which are farther south in central GA, SC, and AL. But it won’t be long now. There are many places where urbanization is increasing local soil temperatures, and cicadas surviving in those areas will be up earlier than the ordinary forest populations.