Cicada Mania

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June 15, 2007

Magicicada flying slo-motion by Roy Troutman

Filed under: Magicicada | Roy Troutman | Video — Dan @ 8:41 am

Here is a video of an adult magicicada taking off for flight:

Magicicada flying slo-motion from Roy Troutman on Vimeo.

Magicicada mating

Filed under: Magicicada | Mating | Roy Troutman | Video — Dan @ 8:37 am

In this video we see a male and female Magicicada cicada mating.

Magicicada mating from Roy Troutman on Vimeo.

Magicicada laying eggs

Filed under: Magicicada | Ovipositing | Roy Troutman | Video — Dan @ 8:32 am

In this video we see a Magicicada cicada ovipositing:

Magicicada laying eggs from Roy Troutman.

June 14, 2007

Clever Cicada Photo Art

Filed under: Brood XIII | Photos & Illustrations | Pop Culture — Dan @ 9:38 am

Cicada Invasion

Composite photo by Joyce Dinello, La Grange Park, IL. Contact Joyce at

June 13, 2007

Cicada Mobile

Filed under: Brood XIII | Pop Culture — Dan @ 9:50 pm

It’s the Lake County Forest Preserves Cicada Mobile!

Emergence Update for June 13th

Filed under: Brood XIII — Dan @ 5:15 pm


  • Still strong in Lombard and Hinsdale
  • Valparaiso Indiana
  • Like a horror movie on La Grange road
  • All over the downtown of Elmhurst
  • Des Plaines River Forest Preserves on Lake Ave., just east of River Road
  • Brookfield is infested
  • Marseilles is full of them!
  • The forest preserve just south of the tollway and the Cumberland exit
  • Tons of cicadas near the Purdue-North Central campus in Westville
  • North Ave in Elmhurst between York Rd & Rt 83, also southside of I290 on the way to Oak Park & on Irving Park Rd in the Forest Preserves in Schiller Park


Some great photos on flickr by Catt: Cicada on a Pine Cone, Cicada on a Pine Cone, Cicada on a Shell!

June 12, 2007

3 Contest Winners

Filed under: Brood XIII | Eye Color | Magicicada — Dan @ 8:45 am

Here’s 3 Cicada Contest winners.

Jen Swofford in Highland Park, IL:
blue eyed cicada

Mark Muto in North Riverside, IL:

Mark Muto in  North Riverside, IL

Sonja Kassebaum of Gurnee, IL:

Sonja Kassebaum of Gurnee, IL

yellow, red, orange

Blue Eyed Magicicada from Villa Park IL

Filed under: Brood XIII | Eye Color | Magicicada | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 8:13 am

Paula King’s son found this cicada in Villa Park, IL. In the picture they eyes are white, but Paula observed that the eye color would actually vacillate between blue and white over the course of time. That’s an important observation.

Paula King, Blue Eyed Cicada

Here’s another picture from Paula of a cicada with mustard colored eyes:

Paula King. Yellow eyed cicada.

Blue Eyed Magicicada from Downers Grove, IL

Filed under: Brood XIII | Eye Color | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 8:10 am

This photos of a blue-eyed Magicicada was taken by Maria Wagner in Downers Grove, IL.

Blue Eyed Cicada

June 11, 2007

Cicadas Mating

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada | Mating | Photos & Illustrations — Dan @ 9:23 am

A photo of cicadas mating by Christina T.

Cicada Mating

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