Cicadaphiles, don’t despair, as this spring supplies yet another probability to take pleasure in cicadas and to assist scientists study extra about these creatures. You’ll be able to take part within the extremely profitable group science undertaking that resulted in a whole bunch of 1000’s of information factors final 12 months by becoming a member of the Cicada Safari. To be a part of the motion, go to the app retailer in your cellular telephone and obtain the Cicada Safari app. It’s free and really straightforward to make use of. Obtain, register, and begin snapping footage of cicadas. Simple as pie. Cicada geniuses will vet your photos and add them to a rising knowledge base designed to demystify the seasonal phenology and distribution of those charismatic creatures. On this Memorial Day Vacation and over the subsequent a number of weeks as you take pleasure in parades, cookouts, and adventures within the nice open air, maintain your cell telephones useful, eyes open and ears on the prepared, and snap some pictures of straggling Brood X cicadas.
We thank Dr. Gene Kritsky of Mount St. Joseph College for offering the great map of latest cicada sightings and for offering inspiration for this episode. To study extra about magical periodical cicadas, please go to the fabulous repository for all issues cicada at Cicada Mania and search the archives at Bug of the Week for “cicada.” To learn John Kelly’s tackle tardy cicadas right here within the DMV within the Washington Submit, please click on on this hyperlink: https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/05/22/cicadas-emerging-broodx/. The great fact-filled assessment of cicada biology and ecology, “Advances within the Evolution and Ecology of 13- and 17-12 months Periodical Cicadas” by Chris Simon, John R. Cooley, Richard Karban, and Teiji Sota was consulted for this episode.