Periodical Cicadas Brood II

The following gallery features Periodical Cicadas (Magicicada sp.) and exuviae spotted at several locations in Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This was the first time in 2013 I saw 17-year cicadas from “Brood II” at the park.

I recorded three audio clips (~10 s each) of Periodical Cicadas Brood II on 29 May 2013 at Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Meadowood is located on the opposite side of Pohick Bay from Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge. The sound of a brood of cicadas is astounding and loud — it sounds like a flying saucer hovering overhead!

Audio Clip No. 1

Audio Clip No. 2

Audio Clip No. 3

Tech Tips: I used the free “Voice Memos” app on my Apple iPhone to record the cicadas. I used “Audacity,” a free audio processor, to edit the files: I amplified the entire selection for each clip; and added metadata. Finally, I uploaded the audio clips to “Audioboo,” a free Website for audioblogging. Try it, it’s easy!

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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