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June 10, 2008

So when will they be gone?

Filed under: Brood XIV — Dan @ 8:26 pm

The big question right now is: “when will the cicadas be gone?” Alas, for some, their charm has dwindled.

Based on my experience maintaining this site over the past 12 years, emergences tend to last about 6 or 8 weeks from the emergence of the first adult until the last cicada dies. That timespan is for the entire emergence, covering all locations in every affected state. The emergence for you in your specific location should last around 4 weeks: 1 week to emerge, 2 weeks of singing and mating, 1 week of egg laying and dying. Most cicadas don’t follow that precise game plan, but that’s the basic idea: 4 weeks. Cicadas that emerged on June 1st, should be gone before the 4th of July.

BTW, based on the number of messages and emails I’ve received, Brood XIV appears to be a bigger event than Brood XIII. Brood XIII received more press (because it overlapped Chicago), but from my vantage point, Brood XIV is turning out to be the more exciting emergence.

White eyed Magicicada

Filed under: Brood XIV | Eye Color | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 8:05 pm

Here’s some photos of Roy’s white eyed 17 year cicadas.

White eyed 17 year cicada

White eyed 17 year cicada

White eyed 17 year cicada

New Brood XIV Photos from Roy

Filed under: Brood XIV | Gene Kritsky | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 7:58 pm

An adult Magicicada:

Magicicada

A Magicicada suffering from the massospora cicadina fungus:

Magicicada with Fungus

The fungus is spread during mating.

Another shot of the adult Magicicada:

Magicicada

A Magicicada suffering from the massospora cicadina fungus:

Magicicada with Fungus

Gene Kritsky collecting a temperature probe for his cicada temperature study from Roy’s backyard:

Gene Kritsky

June 7, 2008

Cicada Mania 2008, so far

Filed under: Brood XIV — Dan @ 6:11 am

Last Saturday I (Dan) drove out to western Ohio with the goal of meeting up with fellow cicada maniac Roy Troutman and his family, and observing the 2008 Brood XIV emergence.

So far in 2008, Roy and I:

  1. Observed massive emergences in Loveland, Blue Ash, Mariemont and Indian Hill.
  2. Collected nymphs for a scientific experiment (not sure I can divulge the details).
  3. Met and had breakfast with cicada expert Gene Kritsky in Mariemont, which was inundated with cicadas.
  4. Met Samuel Orr, who is best know for his film Return of the 17-Year Cicadas.
  5. Collected adult Magicicada septendecula for a breeding experiment to be conducted by John Cooley
  6. Spent part of the day with John, even stopping by the Circle K for some road food.

Roy has collected 2 white eyed cicadas so far, and I’ve handed out a bunch of Cicada Mania buttons. If you see me and ask for one, and I have some with me, it’s yours.

Today I’m leaving Ohio, and headed across Pennsylvania. I plan on stopping around Middletown, Cornwall and Morgantown, where cicadas have been sighted. Then it’s back to homebase in New Jersey were I’ll try to verify the 1906 records of 17 year cicadas in Red Bank, and well as continue to post updates.

June 5, 2008

Magicicada emergence in Mariemont Ohio in 2008

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Video — Dan @ 8:56 am

Magicicada adults and nymphs in Mariemont Ohio in 2008.

Magicicada emergence in Mariemont Ohio in 2008 from Cicada Mania.

Cicada: Exotic Views comic book

Filed under: Books | Cicada Arts | Pop Culture — Dan @ 1:14 am

Davy Shian has created a funny and educational comic book about cicadas, called Cicada: Exotic Views. Cicada: Exotic Views features 87 pages of comics and cicada photographs. I found it LOL funny, the illustration style is pretty neat, and the book itself is high-quality, not flimsy like the typical comic book. It is without a doubt an excellent and unique addition to the cicada books available today. It is available from Amazon.com.

Cicada: Exotic Views comic book

June 4, 2008

Roy’s Brood XIV Photography

Filed under: Brood XIV | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 10:15 am

Here’s quite a few photos Roy has taken of the emergence. It’s kind of ironic that I’m staying with Roy and his family, and yet it’s taken me this long to post the photos.

17 year Brood XIV cicadas

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BBC Filming in Mariemont

Filed under: Brood XIV | Gene Kritsky | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 9:56 am

I’m catching up on the photos Roy Troutman has sent me.

Here’s photos from a BBC photoshoot in Mariemont Ohio, taken on May 24th. The photos feature cicada expert Gene Kritsky.

BBC Filming in Mariemont

BBC Filming in Mariemont

BBC Filming in Mariemont

BBC Filming in Mariemont

Where are they now, and what is that smell?

Filed under: Brood XIV | FAQs — Dan @ 8:52 am

Where:

Folks wondering where the cicadas are now should take a look at the ‘Where Are They Now’ page on The Mount’s Cicada Web Site or the ‘See a map of 2008 Periodical Cicada sightings’ page on magicicada.org. You can zoom in on the maps and find public spaces (like parks) which you can visit to experience the event. You can report your sightings to these websites as well.

What’s that smell?
The one aspect of these cicadas that most cicada sites don’t discuss is the odor that their rotting corpses produce, to paraphrase John Cooley. Cicadas can get real funky, and by funky I don’t mean Parliament-Funkadelic funky, or even Red Hot Chilli Peppers funky — I mean “someone filled running sneakers with cheese and pork fried rice and left it in the trunk of their car in July” funky. Cicadas do stink, especially when their bodies pile up at the base of trees, and get soaked with rain, and then baked in the late-spring heat. They smell like a rotten pork roll, bacon, and cheese sandwich to me. They really do. They’re fleshy insects — get a pile of them together, and it’s just like having a rotten pile of meat and fat in your yard.

So what can you do about the funk? Clean up before they get funky. Be proactive. Just get a shovel and dispose of them with your garbage, bury them like a Soprano, or put them in your compost pile (they are very, very mineral-rich and will make great fertilizer for trees and shrubs). I don’t recommend burning them, and that might increase the stink, nor do I recommend grabbing handfuls of rotting, wet corpses and throwing them at your friends. Bad idea.

June 2, 2008

Light on the pronotum

Filed under: Anatomy | Brood XIV — Dan @ 6:33 am

Roy Troutman’s brother in law Gary spotted this Magicicada with an unusually light pronotum. Normally the pronotum features 2 dark/black patches. In this example they are almost non-existent.

Pronotum light

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