Today in Hawks around Town – Cicada Nymphs!

by Prince Of Petworth May 16, 2017 at 11:00 am 6 Comments


Yuri writes last week:

“We were walking through Fort Reno park and the grass was alive with emerging cicada nymphs. Here are some photographs of one that emerged an hour or two ago. These appear to be a different species than the ones that typically emerge in June/July.”

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More photos after the jump.



  • Truxton Thomas

    Wow, that must be something to witness. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them emerge from the ground like that.

  • Ento-anon

    Periodical cicadas! These are the ones that spend 17ish years underground before emerging en masse. The ones we’re seeing now are thought to be early birds (early cicadas?) that are part of Brood X – the majority of whom aren’t expected to emerge for 4 more years. In other words, at least part of Brood X has jumped the gun and is coming out ahead of schedule.
    Source (procrastination alert): http://www.cicadamania.com/where.html

    • anon

      Having lived through the 2004 Brood X emergence (and having some vague childhood memories of the 1987 emergence), I know 2021 is gonna suck.

      • YJ

        I should’ve started saving for the “2021-cicada bunker” in 04. I was one shook high schooler when these awful monsters came out.

      • kwillkat

        No! It’s going to be AWESOME!!!

  • KenyonDweller

    My cat will be thrilled! Cicadas are like dessert for cats. Crunchy on the outside with a gooey umami center. Yum! Except the legs. He never eats the legs.


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