Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cicada's Ahead of Schedule!

According to news reports here, we are experiencing a few early cicada arrivals. The majority of them aren't expected until 2013! I photographed this 'guy' just a few days ago on one of our Leland Cypress trees:


*Click on collage to enlarge

I found some relevant information here: (Please read these and other links for more information on cicada's).

I also found a recent local news report which states that over the next couple of months, these "Brood 14" cicada's will be emerging from the ground. Not since the early '90's have we seen them here, as they come in 17-year cycles. *Note, I believe this particular news report meant to say Brood ll.

So far, I've only seen 1. Time will tell if they're going to come in droves or if we're just going to get a few early stragglers!

Have you seen any cicadas lately?

--Today I am thankful for interesting critters in my garden.

28 comments:

  1. They look really ugly do they do harm or are they a good insect to have?

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  2. hi jan...happy saturday. i don't think we've seen them yet. but, now i know what to look for. great closeup shots of that one :) those blood red eyes...wow.
    are they the things that make that electric noise?

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  3. The screeching cutters are due here in 2017. Too soon for me. Trees around here are scarred from their last visit. Here in the woods it is a constant roar of their calls.

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  4. Woah... Jan! I have never seen such a thing and I don't know if I'd welcome it to my garden or not. Is it friendly or foe?

    Great photo montage :-D

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  5. Jan, he sure is a brightly colored little guy. I don't think we have those here, or at least I have never seen any.

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  6. Wow, thanks for posting the pics....I had never seen what one looked like before. Those are some hot colored eyes. :-)

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  7. Wow, that is one sci-fi-cool critter! I was on Cape Cod in Massachusetts last year when the cicadas were there BUT I never saw a single one. Glad to see the great photos of the one you saw!

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  8. I don't know much about cicada's. I've never seen one before and I don't think we get them here.

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  9. We don't have anything like that here. Up country they have Stink bugs, and that is probably the worst thing that we have. Oh someone did find a June beetle here last year.

    Jen

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  10. Fascinating! I'll have to keep watch for these!

    Cameron

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  11. I haven't seen any here yet Jan. When I was in gradeschool I remember the large infestation we had in Phoenix, AZ.

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  12. Interesting little insects aren't they? Love the red eyes. You got some awesome pics.

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  13. Your cicada is so beautiful. ours is just black and ugly. Our school year started in Janury, andour topic was creepy crawlies.

    I had my students collect cicadas for me as that is just the right season for them. (We are in New Zealand, our seasons are opposite of yours.

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  14. Hi Jan! We used to have them in Kansas City, MO, but I haven't seen a single cicada since we moved to the NW. And I don't remember them to have such eyes... Good shots!

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  15. Great photos Jan! We don't have them in Colorado either but I remember them from when I lived in Maryland/Virginia. I used to like listening to them ~ not sure if I'm in the minority about that or not? Keep us posted if you get a lot or not. That will be interesting.

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  16. We dont get them here in the UK. I do like the sound of them as I associate them with being abroad, somewhere warm

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  17. Hi Jan~~ I noticed the other Pacific Northwesters replied that they haven't seen any. I haven't either but I've been hearing them for the past few days. Mainly it's just the tick, tick and not the annoying buzz... I'm assuming these sounds are from the elusive cicada but I'm no expert.

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  18. Morning Jan, I haven't seen nor heard the cicadas this year....will try to be more aware. great photos of that one!! I remember as a kid collecting the old exoskeletons! fun. :-)

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  19. We have some Cicadas all the time (probably Dog Day Cicadas) but they don't look like the 17 year ones. Those red eyes are wild!

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  20. Cool looking bug shots! Although I wouldn't welcome the damage they can do. Thanks for sharing the info. I don't think we get them this way but should look it up.

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  22. GREAT locust pictures, Jan. The 17-year cicadas (we called them locusts) bring back memories of living in NJ years ago when they came. They were so loud, it was like having an incessant high-pitched generator on - everywhere. Some roads were so covered by them you couldn't walk without stepping on them, much less drive. I didn't know about the tree damage but obviously Hocking Hills has been there.

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  23. Interesting photos. The colours are surprising - the only ones I have seen were in Greece and they were quite dull looking.If your cicadas are on a 17 year cycle it's no wonder its timing is a bit off - though 4 years early is a bit much!

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  24. Your picture is amazing. We have Cicadas here in Ontario, Canada, but I've never seen one, I just hear them on hot summer nights. If interested here's a link about those in Ontario http://www.uoguelph.ca/pdc/Factsheets/Insect/Cicadas.htm

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  25. We do not have cicadas - but sometime the ladybird will come in many...
    /MB

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  26. Way cool photos, Jan! Haven't seen a cicada here yet in southern Virginia, but I'll keep a lookout for them.

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  27. Your pictures of the cicadas are stunning! They're such a strange insect and the way you captured them is beautiful. Thanks for sharing these.
    K

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  28. We are in between cycles right now in the N Cincinnati area. We had one brood in 2004 (we were on vacation for 2 weeks and missed the bulk of that one) and had a different brood in 2007. I believe it will be a while until we have more. The thing that I remember, especially from the 2007 season, was how localized they could be. We hardly had any and my parents who live 5 miles away had lots.

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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