My Magicicada photos from 1996, Brood II. These were taken with disposable cameras and scanned in with a flatbed scanner also from the 1990s. They’re mostly from Metuchen NJ. Otherwise they’re from Westfield NJ.
At this point in time I was not as interested in cicadas as I am now. Back in 1996 they were more of a novelty, but over time my obsession grew.
Magicicada adults in a jar:
Magicicada exuvia in a jar:
Scenes from a cicada wedding:
My friends David & Claire were married in an outdoor wedding ceremony in Westfield, NJ, at the peak of the Brood II emergence. No one freaked out — in fact everyone seemed to enjoy it, especially the kids.
The bride and groom, Claire and David:
A cicada creeping up a wedding chair leg during the ceremony:
Video from the wedding:
I was even calling them “locusts” back then. Gee wiz.