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Brood XIX in Huntsville, AL

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Brood XIX in Huntsville, AL

Jesse reports Thousands of skins and adults but no calling yet.

Date Posted: 2011-05-08 Comments: (9) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2011-05-08 | Website:

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for the cool photos. The images are just clear enough to make out the tell-tale orange coloring of the underside of the male's abdomen would make this specimen M. tredecim.

Thanks for sharing.

Posted By: Steve Wood | On: 2011-05-08 | Website:

I was visiting my mother today in Hartselle, AL and my 4 year old son spotted a "big bug". When I went over to check it out, there were hundreds of holes in the ground and several cicadas lying on the ground either barely moving or being devoured by ants. I not sure who I can report this to, but I would like to notify somebody of the event for documentation. Thanks for the post and any information you can provide to me.

Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2011-05-08 | Website:

Hi Steve,

That definitely sounds like Brood XIX Periodical Cicada activity. Hartselle, AL seems to fall within range. Of course you can fill out a report and if you supply photos like these. We can sure confirm it.

Thanks for your comment.

Posted By: Jesse | On: 2011-05-08 | Website:

The house I live in was built in 2000. I have a very large old oak tree in the backyard and I noticed some birds had surrounded it this morning. I spotted things dropping out of the tree. I took my five year old out to investigate. About half of them were making it to freedom. I took the pictures with my phone. Lots of holes in the ground around the tree and thousands of skins on the ground and on the lower branches. There is a large wooded area behind the neighborhood I would expect to hear them calling from. When I start hearing them I will report it here.

Posted By: Dee Beddingfield | On: 2011-05-09 | Website:

They have arrived in Fayetteville, TN also. Thousands of holes in the ground, sited a few flying, no singing yet.

Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2011-05-09 | Website:


Let's hope that there are enough cicadas in your neighborhood to satisfy the predators so that the theoretical point known as "predator satiation" is able to happen. That is, the predators will get sick of eating cicadas but still there will be plenty of cicadas to survive to carry on the brood in your area.


If you could click the link to the right that says "Report a Brood XIX Emergence" we will add your information to our distribution map.

Posted By: Jesse | On: 2011-05-11 | Website:

I had some time this afternoon to sit outside and I could heard them calling within 50 yards of where they emerged.

Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2011-05-11 | Website:

Hi Jesse,

Well, that's at least a good sign that they lived long enough to sing. That probably means that the predators have eaten their fill. I'm curious if its a loud chorus or only a few individuals.

Posted By: Jesse | On: 2011-05-16 | Website:

I only heard a few directly behind my house. I mentioned earlier the heavily wooded area that is about 300 yards away and I thought I was hearing frogs. There are millions of the brood calling from there. I heard them all weekend. There are so many it is sort of a white noise and not a distinguishable call. They also made the local news due to their abundance in the area.

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