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May 15, 2007

Brood XIV emerges before Brood XIII

Filed under: Brood XIV | Matt Berger | Periodical Stragglers — Dan @ 4:21 am

Brood XIII cicadas are a bunch of slackers. Brood XIV stragglers (Brood XIV isn’t due until next year) have already emerged and imagined into their adult form around Ohio.

Here’s some photos from Matt Berger:

cicadas on newspapaer

nymph

What’s up Brood XIII? What are you waiting for? An invitation?

May 14, 2007

Brood XIV Stragglers in Ohio

Filed under: Brood XIV | Magicicada | Periodical Stragglers | Roy Troutman — Dan @ 8:58 pm

Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin aren’t the only states that can look forward to periodic cicadas.

Brood XIV stragglers are beginning to emerge in Ohio. So far we’ve had reports of chimneys from Roy and some photos of nymphs taken by Matt Berger in Terrace Park, Ohio (hopefully he’ll let us post the pics). Stragglers are periodic cicadas the emerge a year or more ahead or behind schedule. Brood XIV is due to emerge in many states next year (KY, GA, IN, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, WVA), but a few will emerge this year instead.

Here’s a photo of a cicada chimney taken by Roy Troutman in Ohio.

chimney

May 10, 2007

Brood XIII News Update, 5/10/2007

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 5:03 am

Plenty of pictures of cicadas in their nymph instar, but no adults yet. Waiting for photos…

Cicada recipe 1 courtesy of Kirk Moore. Get your kitchens ready!!! It’s almost cicada cookin’ time. (the idea of cooking cicadas makes me ill)

They’re heeere … : Area prepares for the return of cicadas. Note: the photo of the cicada is not a Magicicada, it’s a Tibicen.

May 8, 2007

Emergence Report

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 4:14 am

So far we have Bull Valley, a possible in Lake Bluff, and Highland Park

If you see cicadas don’t forget to take photos. Put them up on Flickr, the free photo sharing service, and use the broodxiii tag so others can find your Brood XIII cicadas. If you can, take a picture of a cicada with a newspaper or print out this web page and take a picture of the cicadas with that (for date reference).

Don’t forget to take video too, and put that video up on YouTube!

May 7, 2007

It’s on: Highland Park, IL

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 7:40 am

Earlier than expected, here’s some pictures of emerging cicadas in Highland Park, IL.

May 22nd is the date they were predicted to emerge, but thanks to warm weather and other factors…

May 5, 2007

Color a Magicicada

Filed under: Brood XIII | Cicada Arts | Magicicada — Dan @ 4:00 pm

Somebody asked for a picture of a cicada they can color with Crayons. Here you go: Magicicada Coloring Sheet PDF. You need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it on Windows, and Macs will display it without an extra plug-in.

Here’s what it looks like when you print it out:

Cicada Coloring PDF

May 1, 2007

May 22nd

Filed under: Brood XIII — Dan @ 5:14 am

According to the cicada emergence formula, it looks like May 22nd might be the date.

April 28, 2007

Protecting your (wimpy) trees from cicadas

Filed under: News — Dan @ 9:50 am

As you may have heard, cicadas can damage small trees (like wimpy ornamentals) as they lay their eggs in the branches. The Chicago Sun-Times has a good article titled Arbor Day takes cover against cicada swarm, that will give folks with wimpy trees strategies for dealing with the upcoming emergence. If you’re concerned, read the article.

Tips:

  • Use netting to protect trees. If you start looking now, you can probably find some at a local garden supply store. Beat the rush.
  • Delay plantings until July.
  • Don’t use pesticides. It isn’t worth it. Bee populations are in bad shape so we don’t want to do any collateral damage to other species. After 11 years of running this web site, I’ve heard a few stories about family pets dying after consuming pesticide covered cicadas or grass. Don’t do it!
  • Spray them off with a garden hose.
  • Foil around the trunk (to keep them from crawling up).
  • Insect barrier tape.
  • Bagpipes (no joke, it worked at my friend’s wedding).
  • Native species of trees, like oak and maples, fare much better against cicadas because they’ve co-evolved for 100’s of centuries. Wimpy ornamentals from Asia fare a lot worse. Plant only proud, American trees.

Big, strong trees will see some damage, but they take it in stride:

Periodical Cicada Flagging

Magicicada Database

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 9:33 am

If you’re looking for historical information about previous brood emergences try Cicada Central’s Magicicada Database. Click on the link that reads Magicicada Database and then follow the instructions (hint: search for the 13 (XIII) brood and the year 1990).

April 25, 2007

Soil Temperature

Filed under: Brood XIII — Dan @ 6:26 pm

Spectrum Technologies is monitoring the soil temperature in Plainfield and Naperville Illinois.

In northern Illinois and surrounding areas, three species of Magicicada emerge from the soil every 17 years for a brief above-ground visit. Brood XIII will emerge when soil temperature reaches approximately 65° F. Spectrum data loggers are busy tracking soil temperature near Spectrum headquarters in northern Illinois to estimate when to expect their arrival.

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