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Subject: periodical cicada update – laying eggs
Location: Jackson TN USA
May 24, 2015 12:27 pm
Now that our week of rain has slowed down the cicadas are calling and mating. Here is a female I spotted out by my clothes line laying eggs in a bush. The calling is so loud around our house you actually have to speak louder than normal outside to be heard.
Signature: Jess

Periodical Cicada Laying Eggs

Periodical Cicada Laying Eggs

Dear Jess,
Thanks so much for providing an update on your Periodical Cicada submission from last week.  We suspect that Brood XXIII may have a very limited distribution as we have not received any other submissions for this significant event.

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Subject: periodical cidacas
Location: Jackson, TN USA
May 15, 2015 1:13 pm
Just sharing. Our big tree is a hatching ground for brood XXIII this year (At least due to our location I think they are 13 year and not 17 year periodicals). I’ve been out every night and have seen a handful each time. Last night looked like a scene from a horror flick if you looked over your head there were more cicadas than leaves. It was raining bugs under that tree. Bats were dive bombing past us and scooping them off the trunk. The ground and trunk were literally crawling as 100’s if not 1000’s of them were headed to molt. We caught some video last night. I snapped some pics this am and figured I would share some of the various stages of them molting.
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Signature: Jess

Thirteen Year Cicada

Thirteen Year Cicada

Dear Jess,
We are positively thrilled by your submission, and we will be featuring your images to document this Brood XXIII emergence of 13 Year Cicadas.  As you have indicated, Periodical Cicadas are divided into two main groups, those that remain underground for 17 years and those that remain underground for 13 years, and the latter are found in more southern states.  Additionally, populations are further divided into broods based on the years they emerge and the locations of those broods.  To further complicate matters, some individuals emerge earlier or later, and if those individuals encounter favorable conditions, new broods may eventually result.  According to Magicicada.org, Brood XXIII is known as “The Lower Mississippi Valley Brood.”  According to the Brood page on Magicicada.Org, your Brood XXIII individuals are right on schedule.  According to Cicada Mania:  “As of May 10th, it would appear that the emergence has begun in Louisiana and Tennessee as well.  The 2015 Brood XXIII emergence has begun! ”  Cicada Mania also notes:  “The cicada species that will emerge are
Magicicada tredecim (Walsh and Riley, 1868); Magicicada neotredecim Marshall and Cooley, 2000; Magicicada tredecassini Alexander and Moore, 1962; and Magicicada tredecula Alexander and Moore, 1962. These periodical cicadas have a 13-year life cycle. The last time they emerged was 2002. According to John Cooley of Magicicada.org, Giant City State Park, Illinois is a good place to observe both M. tredecim and M. neotredecim.”   

Periodical Cicada:  Brood XXIII Molting

Periodical Cicada: Brood XXIII Molting

Periodical Cicadas:  Brood XXIII Emergance

Periodical Cicadas: Brood XXIII Emergence

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Subject: Brood II Periodical Cicada
Location: Manassas, VA
August 20, 2013 6:01 am
Hi Bugman-
These pictures were taken in the Manassas National Battlefield Park (in Manassas, VA) on June 15th. There were quite a few cicadas still around at that time, but not as many as previous weekends. The cicada and exoskeleton were on different trees, so it is unlikely they are ”related”.
Hope you enjoy the pics!
Signature: Katherine

Periodical Cicada

Periodical Cicada

Hi Katherine,
Thanks for your photos.  Are you the same Katie from Manassas who sent us the Brood II metamorphosis images this past June?

Periodical Cicada Exuvia

Periodical Cicada Exuvia

Nope! That wasn’t me. I was on your site looking to identify another bug and noticed you had very few pictures of our cicadas.
Katherine

Interesting coincidence.

 

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Subject: Magicicada sp. for identify
Location: Manteno, Kankakee County, Illinois
June 1, 2013 11:17 am
Hello WTB team,
I photographed in a collection this cicada, caught at Manteno, Kankakee County, Illinois on 15-VI-2007.
It’s clearly a Magicicada but seems to be about half dozen of species that I’m unable to distinguish. Please could you help me?
Thanks!
Isidro
Signature: Isidro

Brood XIII Periodical Cicada

Brood XIII Periodical Cicada

Dear Isidro,
We are catching up on unanswered mail that arrived during our holiday and we are especially interested in Periodical Cicadas right now, so your subject line caught our attention.  We turned to Magicicada.org and learned that this is most likely a member of Brood XIII, the Northern Illinois Brood that last appeared in 2007.

Dear Daniel,
Thanks a lot for your reply. I would be very interested in know the species, that is what I asked for. It’s the better known Magicicada septemdecim, or one of the more uncommon species like Magicicada cassinii, Magicicada neotredecim, Magicicada septemdecula, Magicicada tredecassini, Magicicada tredecim or Magicicada tredecula?
Best regards,
Isidro

Hi again Isidro,
We do not have the necessary skills or background to answer that question.

Thanks for reply Daniel.
What skills would you need for identification? I can ask the person that keeps the insect in his collection about photos of certain details.
Thanks,
Isidro

Hi again Isidro,
We here at What’s That Bug? are rank amateurs with no science background.  We have always considered this website to be more of an art project to help educate people to appreciate the lower beasts as well as on the interconnectivity of all things on the planet.  You should seek the assistance of an entomologist at the nearest natural history museum for your answer.  Some difficult species identifications require DNA analysis.  Just our of curiosity, why is the exact species so important?

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Subject: Brand-new magicicada
Location: Manassas, Virginia
June 6, 2013 3:35 pm
Here is a Magicicada fresh out of its shell:)
Signature: Katie

Periodical Cicada

Periodical Cicada

Hi Katie,
Thanks for sending a photo of a Brood II Periodical Cicada.  Can you provide some additional information?  Was this an isolated sighting or part of a swarm?  If it was an isolated individual, we wonder if it is part of the advanced guard of the new emergence.  Since we haven’t received many images of Brood II Cicadas, we also wonder if this will not be an exceptional year or if the brood is late in appearing.

Update from Katie:  June 18, 2013
Hi Daniel,
I had MANY cicadas in my yard this year- I live in Manassas Virginia, and my neighborhood has been pretty un-touched by all the development that surrounds it.  They started emerging from the ground around the first or second week of May.  For sure, part of a swarm-every time I parked my car a pile of the little guys would latch on to my tires to shed ( all of which were removed before departure) and they were EVERYWHERE!!  The trees sang for about a month-haven’t heard them lately, think they got the job done:) Beautiful creatures-I feel lucky that I got to have them hang out in my yard!  With all the development in the northern Virginia area though, I’m afraid many of them where probably uprooted along with the trees:(

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June 1, 2013
We have only recieved one image of a Brood II Cicada this year and we don’t know why.  Sue resent us these wonderful images of her Brood XIII emergence outside Chicago in 2007 and we are posting them in an attempt to get our readership to send images of Brood II.

Periodical Cicada

Periodical Cicada


Though we will be on holiday, we promise to post Brood II photos upon our return if any readers send them in.  Please use Brood II Cicada as the subject line to get our attention.

Brood XIII from 2007

Brood XIII from 2007

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