Cicada Mania

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March 3, 2007

More Brood XIII News

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 12:40 pm

Cicadas in Illinois, 13 or 17 Year “Locust”? — this page features a brood map of Illinois that shows you the general area where they’ll appear.

March 1, 2007

First News Story About Brood XIII Emergence

Filed under: Brood XIII | Magicicada — Dan @ 9:48 am

CicadaMobile hits the road, and article in the Daily Herald by Mike Zawislak. The Lake County Forest Preserve District has hired a cicada expert to travel around, educating people about cicadas. Awesome.

Starting April 16, the forest preserve district’s Cicada Mobile will be motoring to schools, festivals, farmers markets and other community gatherings through July. The program is free.

Thanks to Roy Troutman for passing this along.

February 20, 2007

7th International Film Festival of Insects is organised by OPIE-LR

Filed under: Pop Culture — Dan @ 4:07 am

The 7th International Film Festival of Insects is happening in October:

The Languedoc-Roussillon Department of Insects and their Environment (OPIE-LR), organizers of the International Insect Film Festival invite you to submit your audiovisual projects.

Our aim is to develop scientific mediation, to promote interest in invertebrate life and generally to encourage biodiversity through the medium of film. This is the role to be played by the unique international audiovisual competition, focusing on insects and other continental invertebrates.

FIFI will accept all work (documentaries, fiction, cartoons…) created since 2003.

The deadline for applications is the 30th April 2007. Judging will take place in the National History Museum of Paris on the 16th, 17th and 18th May.

The international jury and the youth jury, along with the public will award 5 trophies and a grand prize of 1,500 euro.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly or via our website http://festivalfifi.opielr.org for further information, for rules and regulations or for an application form.

This festival presents the opportunity to mingle with a host of world players in the field of insects, directors, producers, scientists, artists, naturalists and financial players. We would be delighted to welcome you to this forum of meeting and exchange.

7th International Film Festival of Insects is organised by OPIE-LR

Plenty of cicada video on YouTube

Filed under: Pop Culture | Video — Dan @ 3:35 am

There’s plenty of cicada video on YouTube.

This post is originally from early 2007 when Youtube was young. I’ve updated it with a more recent video:

February 4, 2007

Cicada And Lantern Fly Display

Filed under: Specimens — Dan @ 8:21 am

I just received a Cicada And Lanternfly display from My-Bugs.com and I couldn’t be happier with it. The display is gorgeous: wood frame, glass on front and back, and 10 wonderful cicadas and lantern flies within. Worth twice the price. Looks exactly like this:

Cicadas and Lantern Flies

Lantern Flies are closely related to cicadas, are usually more colorful and are called Lantern Flies because of the lantern-like extension of their head.

Periodic Cicadas Help Scientists Study Superfast Muscle

Filed under: Magicicada — Dan @ 8:18 am

An interesting article sent to us by Roy Troutman: Periodic Cicadas Help Scientists Study Superfast Muscle.

for scientists at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the periodic cicada also offer clues about how high-speed and high- performance muscles work, and how this knowledge might someday make human muscle work better.

January 15, 2007

More “Humor” from 1996

Filed under: Cicada Mania — Dan @ 8:42 pm

Here’s more Humor from this website circa 1996:

Cute names for the not so cute Cicada:

# Flying cigar butts
# Flying turds
# The harbingers of apocalypse
# Impromptu doggie treats, hors d’oeuvres, missing Monopoly piece, etc…
# Satan’s Parakeets
# Living hair curlers
# The name of an annoying acquaintance (example: “Blitzers”)
# Tree roaches
# Airbourne car alarms
# Sleeping bag buddies

My Magicicada Diary from 1996

Filed under: Magicicada — Dan @ 8:40 pm

1996 was the year I started this site, and the year I discovered the 17-year cicada. This is my cicada diary from 1996:

  • Sunday, May 19th: Metuchen, New Jersey; I found the first desiccated cicada nymph exoskeleton on my patio. My cat disappears.
  • Tuesday, May 21st: I found about 40 nymph exoskeletons on my patio, a pine tree and a maple tree. I also spotted an adult climbing the maple and two crippled adults rolling about the base of the tree.
  • Wednesday, May 22nd: Bonanza! I found about 500 adults perched on just about everything in my yard: trees, patio furniture, the foundation of my home, the garden hose, garbage cans, the missing cat’s water dish, my hair…just plain everywhere! Gruesome!
  • Saturday, May 25th: Avenel, New Jersey; Party at the Ritzow’s. Literally hundreds of adult cicadas perched high above in oak trees sneer at decadent humans sipping martini’s, playing croquet. Bourgeois homosapiens…bah humbug!
  • Thursday, May 30th: Metuchen, New Jersey; Still no sign of the cat. Sitting outside on my patio around 8:30pm I hear a “snap”, “crackle” and “popping” sound. Rice Crispies? No. More like cicadas nymphs crawling out of their holes and on to my garden wall to molt into adult hood. Not the loveliest sight.
  • Saturday, June 1st: Westfield, New Jersey; Dave Wilson and Claire Adas’ wedding. A beautiful ceremony and reception, with the exception of the 9000 uninvited cicadas: crawling up peoples legs, crunching underfoot, landing in refreshments…a moment to cherish and remember!
  • Tuesday, June 4th: North Edison, New Jersey; The cicadas have begun to sing! All together they sound like a Boeing 767 is circling 40 feet overhead. The sound is that awesome. 10 inch deep piles of dying post coitus adults litter the base of trees. The invasion has only begun!
  • Wednesday, June 5th – Monday, June 17th: Metuchen, North Edison, Colonia, Avenel, New Jersey; The invasion is in full effect! Home owners in North Edison and Colonia report having to haul away the dying bodies of cicadas in wheelbarrows! Residents describe the cicadas’ combined mating screams as “loud as a UFO” [how do they know what a UFO sounds like?] and “like a Mack Truck was floating ten foot above your head”! Someone even told me cicadas taste like shrimp! I guess they made the best of a bad situation.
  • Wednesday, June 26th: Metuchen, New Jersey; It appears the invasion is over. All that remains is the dismembered, rotting corpses and the memories, sweet, sweet, memories. But remember, They’ll be back…in the year 2013!
  • Saturday, August 3rd: Metuchen, New Jersey; Looking out my second story window I can clearly see the damage done by the 17-year cicadas. Brown patches of dead leaves speckle local oak and maple trees, revealing the branches where the female cicada has chosen to lay her eggs; an interesting “natural disaster”, but, not as heart-breaking as an earth quake or a flood. Clearly the most provocative news regarding cicadas is the current hatch of annual cicadas, which are larger than the “17-year” cicadas (thoroughly illustrated within this web page) and greener. Another dissimilarity is the difference in their respective mating calls: while the “17-year” cicada makes a whirring sound somewhere between the motor of a vacuum cleaner and a car alarm, the “annual” cicada sounds more like a lawn sprinkler or maybe a sewing machine. Although I can clearly hear hundreds of “annual” cicadas and I have found their shells, I haven’t visually located a single one ! Another cicada related event has been the recent hatch of “cicada killer” wasps. These two-inch long giant wasps only prey upon, our friend, the defenseless cicada. I haven’t located these creatures either, but, they are definitely out there. Cicadas beware!
  • Wednesday, August 26th: Metuchen, New Jersey; the Tibicen cicadas continue to sing…
  • Wednesday, November 6th: Metuchen, New Jersey; they are all dead or sucking on roots underground.

January 11, 2007

It’s a Floury Baker aka Aleeta curvicosta

Filed under: Aleeta | Australia | Lamotialnini — Tags: — Dan @ 6:29 am

Michelle Thompson took this picture of a cicada on the trunk of her oak tree in Willoughby in Sydney Australia. It’s a Floury Baker aka Aleeta curvicosta.

Floury Baker

December 31, 2006

2006 Annual Cicada Sightings

Filed under: Annual | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 1:01 am

I am in Prince Edward Island, Canada, on the 13th of OCTOBER, a 2" long plus insect that I think must be a Cicada of some kind, dark brown, reasonably active still this am, was on the door, (attracted by the light that I have beside the door), the weather this fall has been unreasonably ( 🙂 ) warm with ~70 degree weather two or three days this week, normally I have Cicadas on the trees and of house only in August, has anyone else seen this or is it a fluke ? I have searched the outside of the house but only the one lonesome charlie.

Comment by Tom Purdy — October 14, 2006 [AT] 5:17 am

I live in Raleigh, NC area, and just spotted my first cicada the night before last which was August 20, 2006. I freaked out when I saw this huge bug on my front porch screen, but after a few seconds realized that it must be a locust or cicada. The markings/colorings on these insects are incredible. I decided to do a little research to be sure and found this website. So, there you are!

Comment by P. Sapp — August 22, 2006 [AT] 4:36 am

my son and i live in crittenden ky. 30 mi. south of cincinnati oh.and have sighted many green and black cicadas.the noise from these are loud and the noise has been around for about 2 to 3 weeks.can anyone tell us exactly what species they are, how often these come out and when they will disappear? we are very interested. sincerely,s. goldsworth

Comment by s.goldsworth — August 21, 2006 [AT] 1:50 pm

Arghhhh! That noise! Here I take a week off from work in the middle of August to spend with my children, and every evening, I hear the deafening sound of the cicada! I thought we weren’t due for another emergency for another ten years or so. I live in Athens, Ohio, where the brood hatched in 1999 during my daughter’s outdoor birthday party (what a memory for her… kids screeming as the fly overhead , getting caught in their hair! What fun!) so we were not expecting the hissing of summer lawns for another decade. What gives?

Comment by Kirk G — August 18, 2006 [AT] 7:44 am

I am having trouble identifying this cicada I caught. I was hoping someone could identify it for me? Here are the pictures.
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a380/NobdyYouKnoNEway/Bugs/P1010028-1.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a380/NobdyYouKnoNEway/Bugs/P1010030.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a380/NobdyYouKnoNEway/Bugs/P1010025.jpg

If you can, email or IM what you think it is to me.
Email: leogeckogirl [AT] gmail.com
AIM: Reha Chan

Comment by Reha — August 17, 2006 [AT] 2:33 am

I live in Connecticut and came across a dead cicada last week. Not knowing what it was I took some pictures and posted them in my blog. Falanya from Anchorage clued me in as to what it was. Now I just don’t know what type of cicada it is — just curious.

Check out the photots at http://theczarspage.blogspot.com/

BTW, Very nice web site!

Gerry

Comment by Gerry michaud — August 14, 2006 [AT] 4:21 pm

2 cicadas spotted in Columbus, GA. First one spotted on August 1st, the second sighting was August 14 this morning.

Comment by johnny lumpkin — August 14, 2006 [AT] 1:17 pm

I have spotted a Cicada twice in the last week at my front door. It’s apparently attracted to the yellow bug light I purchased to deter all insects. When I first saw it I was shocked at how big they are! I didn’t know what it was at first until I started researching them this morning. I saw it for the first time last week, but saw it again this morning as I was leaving for work. It was right on my wall under my porch light. It makes such a loud sound! it looks just like the apache cicada that you have pictured on the home page. I thought that their were no species due to surface in 2006?

Comment by johnny lumpkin — August 14, 2006 [AT] 1:13 pm

Cicadas starting emerging around my yard about June 20th this year. I have seen more than a dozen nymph exoskeletons all over the yard: on the foundation of my house, on the fence, under daylily, squash and bergamot leaves, and even two on the tire of my car. I got photos of two adults and I think they are genus Tibicen. Now yesterday and today, the noise has been intense up in the trees!

Comment by Jenn — July 29, 2006 [AT] 7:27 pm

Two cicadas sighted in Toronto.

Comment by SSK — July 27, 2006 [AT] 3:12 pm

Greetings,

After an absence of over 50 years, the Giant Cicada (Quesada gigas) is back (with a vengeance) across Central Texas from San Antonio to Austin…

_______________________________
Giant Cicada / Chicharra Grande
http://texasento.net/Cicada.htm

Comment by Mike Quinn — July 21, 2006 [AT] 1:23 pm

I just wanted to report that I finally heard my first Tibicen of
the season late this afternoon.
It was a T.chloromera. I have yet to
find any live nymphs or exuviae though. I will update once I find any.

Roy

Comment by Roy Troutman — July 1, 2006 [AT] 9:13 pm

Speaking of Disney, I work at Disneyland, and our cicadas have just made a very loud apperance. Does anyone know what type they are? The last few days have been the warmest in quite a while…around 80. Thank you!

Comment by Elizabeth Madsen — April 20, 2006 [AT] 1:43 am

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