The spring season marks the long-awaited arrival of the Magicicada Brood X periodical cicadas. The Magicicada cicadas are emerging in great numbers after spending 17 years underground. The following websites offer information about the periodical cicadas, and other cicadas as well. The first (1) site, from the University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology, provides a variety of short information entries about periodical cicadas including photos, and song clips. Hosted by the College of Mount St. Joseph, the Cicada Watch (2) website invites visitors to report an emergence. The Cicada Watch site also contains answers to frequently asked questions as well as teaching resources, a basic emergence timeline, and a list of periodical cicada events. The third (3) site, Cicada Mania, was created by cicada enthusiast Dan Century to disseminate a wide assortment of cicada-related news and information. Cicada Mania links to articles, photos, related sites, and more. The fourth (4) site, hosted by University of Connecticut, "is designed to be a center for the exchange of scientific information concerning cicadas of the world." This Cicada Central website links to reprints for scientific literature concerning cicadas, a list of cicada researchers from around the world, a list of world cicada tribes, and more. Created by cicada enthusiast Lester W. Daniels, the fifth (5) site provides natural history information about cicadas as well as great annotated photos. The sixth (6) site, from the University of Maryland Newsdesk, offers cicada information, recipes, photos, and even a media hotline. The final (7) site, from Salt in the Sandbox, is a neat inquiry-based educational cicada site for children.
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