Brooding Over Cicadas
There are several species, or “broods,” of magicicadas – periodical cicadas with synchronized life cycles that appear in different regions.
More than 150 species of cicadas around the United States are annual, appearing every year in far smaller numbers than their periodical counterparts.
Brood XIX is the largest brood, geographically speaking, appearing in portions of 15 states in the Southeast and Southern Midwest, from Maryland westward to Oklahoma, and as far south as Mississippi.
Do you have a cicada story or photo to share? Enter our cicada contest.
Learn About Cicadas
Did you know? Adult cicadas of Brood XIX emerge from the ground when soil temperatures about 4 inches under the ground’s surface warm up to 67 degrees. Learn more about cicadas by flipping through the pages of our digital magazine. Click on the magazine to zoom in, or click here to download a printable PDF.
Read All About It: Cicada Edition
Yum?! In the Kitchen With Cicadas
Yep, you can eat them… Watch as our chef prepares cicadas in two ways – stir-fried and chocolate-covered – and our willing participant chows down this culinary delicacy.
They Talk … and Tweet!
Read their thoughts on everything from the Royal Wedding to Bonnaroo and other musings on life as a cicada: Interview With a Cicada
Back in 1998, Joel Anderson of Anderson Design Group wanted to honor the cicadas in style, but the infestation had ended by the time he came up with ideas. That’s good news now – he’s spent the last 13 years preparing for the next round of cicadas in Middle Tennessee, and the designers at Anderson Design have created a, well, swarm of cicada-themed gifts, prints and T-shirts. Would you like a guitar-shaped fly (or should we say, cicada) swatter or an “I Survived the Music City Cicada Invasion” poster? They’ve got you covered. We’re also giving away one of their cicada prints to the person who submits the best cicada story and/or photo. To enter, check out our Cicada Contest.