Cicada researcher seeks photos

The North Wilkesboro area is one of a very small number of important places in the U.S. from the point of view of 17-year cicadas. The area from North Wilkesboro to Elkin is ground zero for 17-year cicada brood formation in North Carolina. Our mapping team has been visiting your area for multiple periodical cicada generations. Five 17-year broods converge on your town.

We are trying to understand why is this area so special but we need to fill in the area of the map inside the red rectangle. Although the adult cicadas are gone, their eggs are just hatching, starting a new generation. Readers can help our team by sending photos of cicada egg nests (or wilted-brown leaves on branches) taken by a cell phone (with GPS turned on) to us at cicadas.uconn.edu. We think that Brood XIV may be decreasing and Brood X increasing. Long live Brood X. Thanks very much.

CHRIS SIMON

Professor of ecology and evolutionary Biology

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.

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