OVIPOSITING

With her ovipositor firmly punctured into the wood, this Magicicada will lay between 5 to 30 eggs into the nest pocket.

 

Note the egg damage alongside the female above as she makes another new nest of her own.  This particular tree received heavy damage as did many other trees nearby.

 

Photograph taken: 06/99

 

Brecksville Reservation

 

Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Magicicada septendecim Ovipositing

(Brood V)

 

An egg nest takes approximately 20 minutes to create.  Once a nest is completed, the female will move up the branch an inch or less and begin another.  She may make as many as a dozen to a single branch, if left undisturbed. Note the splintered wood behind her.

 

Magicicada females such as this, may lay between 400 to 600 eggs.

 

Photograph taken: 06/99

 

Findley State Park

 

Lorain County, Ohio

 

Magicicada septendeci Ovipositing

(Brood X)

 

This female Magicicada is preparing to stab her ovipositor into a branch.  Note the spear like ovipositor descending from the base of her abdomen.

 

Generally, branches with the thickness of a pencil are selected for depositing their egg nests.  This female has made several nests already. 

 

Photograph taken: 06/04

 

Washtenong Memorial Park

 

Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

 

 

Groups of female Magicicadas converge on many branches and begin their egg laying frenzy usually a couple of weeks after the first emergence.  Each female can make up to 30 egg nests or more and often select younger trees and saplings.  When thousands of individuals gather, the egg damage can sometimes take a heavy toll on the host tree. 

 

Photograph taken: 06/04

 

Spring Grove Cemetery

 

Cincinnati, Ohio

Oviposting Magicicada septendecim

 

(Brood XIII)

 

Another female Magicicada busy working on an egg nest.  The whole process eventually becomes exhausting to the female and she usually dies shortly after the last nest is made.

 

Photograph taken: 06-06-07

 

Rogers-Lakewood Park

North Meridian (Campbell Street)

 

Valparaiso, Indiana.

Oviposting Magicicada septendecim

 

(Brood XIII)

 

Photograph taken: 06-06-07

 

Rogers-Lakewood Park

North Meridian (Campbell Street)

 

Valparaiso, Indiana.

 

Magicicada septendecim Ovipositing

(Brood X)

 

 

Photograph taken: 06/04

 

Spring Grove Cemetery

 

Cincinnati, Ohio

Magicicada septendecim Ovipositing

(Brood V)

 

Near the end of her life, this Magicicada female suffered much battle damage. Note the missing forewing.

 

Photograph taken: 06/99

 

Mohican Memorial State Forest

 

Ashland County, Ohio 

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(Background photo: Magicicada septendecim (Brood V)

Mohican State Park, Ashland County, Ohio  06/99)

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