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October 11, 2005

Return of the 17-Year Cicadas

Filed under: Magicicada | Pop Culture | Samuel Orr — Dan @ 8:53 pm

Return of the 17-Year Cicadas Way back in July a man by the name of Samuel Orr mailed me a DVD trailer of a film he had a part in making called Return of the 17-Year Cicadas. At the time my reaction was “I am simply blown away by its excellence. That might be the best cicada video I’ve seen so far”. Somehow I let it slip through the cracks and I forgot to write about it. In the mean time the movie has won first prize in the Non-Interactive Media category of the 2005 Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. I’m sure once the film reaches a wider audience — perhaps PBS or the Animal Planet channel (hint! hint!) — it will win more awards.

Read all about the new, award winning cicada documentary Return of the 17-Year Cicadas on the excellent EurekAlert! Science Reporting Alert website. Make sure you download and watch the video too. It is incredible.

Thanks to Roy and Dona for reminding me to post something about this film.


  1. !que maravillosa película que trata de la vida de una cigarra!,muchísimas gracias a todo el equipo que lo abéis realizado y en especial a la admirable colaboración de estos maravillosos insectos;yo si conozco como es la vida de una cigarra porque en mi país spain hay gran variedad de especies incluso las e cogido y en mis manos se ponen a cantar y también las e gravado y las e sacado fotos,son el mejor insecto del mundo!!.

    un saludo,


  2. Ming says:

    What a most incredible film! Living in hawaii (where there are no cicadas), it was very interesting to
    be able to see the life cycle of a cicada – close-up and personal. It looks like it took a long time
    to complete and for those of us who have never seen the real thing, thank you for your effort!

  3. Puni says:

    That was the coolest presentation I ever have seen in my 10 years of being on this earth!
    I never knew that it took 17 years for a cicada to emerge from the ground.

  4. Matt says:

    Thank you for this film! It is very well made and I am happy to see someone made a movie about these most wonderful insects! I will be on the usual look out next year for more stragglers.

  5. mateo says:

    I am 10 years old and I will like that someone answer me this questions.
    Why does the cicadas come up every 17 and 13 years?



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