I recently became aware of a beautifully filmed and presented eight minute video regarding the periodical cicada (Magicicada septendecim) life cycle. “Return of the Cicadas” is as artistic as it is informative. Best of all, it is freely accessible via the Internet.
An additional resource worth checking out is Cicada Mania. Despite its name, this professionally presented resource is an exceptional compilation of regularly updated periodical cicada information. I was particularly pleased to see that Illinois is slated as one of three states that should experience a large-scale periodical cicada emergence in 2014. I’ve never experienced a massive emergence before, but plan to document as much as I can when it occurs!