Have you seen a cicada this year? Do you think it was a periodical cicada? Do you know what a brood is? Check out our blog post and video about these fascinating bugs and their amazing life cycle. They should be emerging out of the ground already in some parts of the country. From this map you can see if they will be visiting your area!
Also be sure to check out the Science NetLinks collection on periodical cicadas; we have original STEM resources for K-12 that you can use with students of all ages. We also have links to some of the best information we've found on the web.
Please post your thoughts and questions here, and also links to any interesting stories you find. If you or your students have pictures or videos, feel free to share them too.
Image courtesty of Michael Raupp.
Here are some more great resources about periodical cicadas. These are from PBS and feature entomologist Art Evans with information about Citizen Science projects that anyone can do.
Cicadas have reached New York City's Staten Island, where, according to The New York Times, they're being feted.
Recorded near Deep Run Park in Henrico County, VA, May 2013 by WCVE Public Radio's Steve Clark, some cicada sounds for your listening pleasure!
Haven't seen or heard any around the Piedmont of North Carolina yet. We may be just a little south of where the map lists the cicada brood ii. This Wonderopolis wonder goes well with the Science NetLinks lesson Where Do Bugs Sleep? | Wonderopolis.
I'm new to this community and how exciting it is to see a post on one of my favorite crooners! Cicadas have always had a soft spot in my heart since they have lulled me to sleep many a times in my life.
My dad and I were just talking about the cycles of the cicadas not too long ago. This website has a lot of information also! Are Periodical Cicadas Coming to Your Town - Magicicada Broods and Brood Maps
Thanks for posting this! I am so excited to start using this site in my classroom.
I haven't heard any cicadas in my Northern Virginia neighborhood (having generous amounts of concrete instead of grass may have something to do with it ). Nevertheless, I'm sure I'll see them running into each other--as well as everything else very soon!
I was reminded of the Stephen J. Gould piece on cicadas and Adam Smith published way back (1970s?) when I ran across this short piece in the New Yorker yesterday about cicadas and prime numbers. It's a lot of fun to read, especially for older students.
I haven't seen many cicadas yet around where I live, but I have certainly heard them while riding my bike by some woods. They seemed to be in full swing!
If you want to see and hear them, you can view a beautiful, 7+ minute time-lapse video of them by watching Return of the Cicadas. This video follows the cicadas from the time they emerge from the ground til their death and even the birth of the next generation! Check it out!
I live near Teresa Bartholomew who mentioned seeing the cicadas in Madison Heights, VA. It will be interesting to see when the cicadas migrate about 75 miles south to my hometown of Danville, VA. I remember seeing these creatures when I was growing up. Their big eyes always scared me as a little girl.
Cicadas are hurting trees in many areas of Virginia--Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, and Lynchburg. NBC Washington stated that "Virginia forestry officials report widespread damage to oaks and other trees from this year's arrival of cicadas." (See Virginia Foresters: Cicada Outbreak Damaging Trees published June 20, 2013)
(Image taken from NBC Washington article Virginia Foresters: Cicada Outbreak Damaging Trees published June 20, 2013)