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The Cicada Missions news category contains articles that involve travel to do work with other researchers and colleagues or to expand knowledge of distribution of cicada species around New England and other parts of the United States. Articles usually involve overnight stays in a location for a particular research subject.

Mapping Brood I Continues - Day 4

M. septendecim female Here's a quick update to let you know where we're at as far as mapping the Brood here in Virginia and West Virginia goes. Today was a bit of a wash out because it was nothing but rain until about 1:00 pm. But this gave me some time to get caught up on things like emails, writing and whatnot. Yesterday, I stopped mapping in Franklin, W.V. and decided today that I would pick up where I left off and see just how far west the Brood goes. I headed west on Rte 33 out of Harrisonburg, Virginia. I deci

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Date Posted: 2012-06-05 Comments: (4)

Mapping Brood I Periodical Cicadas - Day 3

M. septendecim female ovipositing Today was a pretty productive day as far as cicada mapping is concerned. I ended the mapping for the day yesterday outside of Brandywine, West Virginia along Route 33 West. Today. I decided to pick right up where I left off continuing further west along Route 33 into Franklin, West Virginia. It is a very scenic route and the periodical cicadas were singing in very high densitities along this road. This part of Route 33 in Franklin is known as "Friend Run Rd" and while the cicadas were screami

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Date Posted: 2012-06-04 Comments: (0)

Brood I Cicadas Mapping Project - Day 2

View attop Shenandoah Mountain Hi Folks, I can tell you that writing articles after a long day of driving around and taking geocoordinates can be very tiring and time-consuming. Not only is it a lot of stopping and starting, there are also a ton of things that need to get done afterwards. Things like sorting through tons of photos taken during the day, killing, sorting and labeling live cicada specimens, answering email and Facebook inquiries etc. All these things need to get done every evening even before any thought goes in

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Date Posted: 2012-06-03 Comments: (5)

Brood I Periodical Cicadas Mapping Survey - Day 1

Brood I Periodical Cicada Massachusetts Cicadas is currently in Virginia doing some distribution mapping of the Brood I periodical cicadas. Like last year with Brood XIX, Massachusetts Cicadas is always curious about the periodical cicadas even though we in Massachusetts currently only experience periodical cicadas from Brood XIV. And, unfortunately, they emerged back in 2008. Brood I is a smaller brood with the majority of species expected to appear in the Appalachian Highlands. Specifically, along the Valley & Rid

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Date Posted: 2012-06-02 Comments: (2)

Brood XIX Updates from Virginia - Days 3 and 4.

Brood XIX Updates from Virginia The last two days have been pretty hectic here in Viriginia. While you were probably enjoying cookouts and parties on Memorial Day, your's truly spent the day in the car with the windows open driving mile after mile listening for the sounds of calling periodical cicadas and mapping their distribution in and around Williamsburg, VA.. I think I must've added at least 75 data points to the distribution map. Positive and Negative Data Its not enough to record positive sightings of periodical cicad

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Date Posted: 2011-05-31 Comments: (2)

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Brood I Information

The Brood I periodical cicada emergence happened in 2012 in Virginia, W. Virginia and Tennessee. Below are some of the highlights.

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