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Cicada Spotting Safari Stravaganza!


cartoon cicada with speech bubble

Contest Description:

IU Libraries is hosting a virtual cicada tracking contest from Wednesday, June 23rd through Thursday, July 1st! The contest will be hosted through the free app, Cicada Safari (which was created by IU Alumnus, Dr. Gene Kritsky). The person who tracks the most cicadas will win a commissioned cicada-themed coffee mug made by INDY potter Gravesco Pottery.



To take part in this contest, please download the Cicada Safari app. You can download this app by searching for it in your mobile app store. Once you have the app downloaded, spend some time exploring the functionality and start tracking cicadas! 


How will contest participants be tracked?

On the last day of the contest (Thursday, July 1st) we ask that you take a screenshot of your cicada tracking dashboard showing the number of cicadas you’ve tracked in the app and send it to In the subject line of the email please write, “Cicada Tracking Contest”. The winner of the contest will be announced and awarded with their cicada coffee mug the next week!

screenshot of cicada safari dashboard

About this Page

Three pictures of cicadas


The Cicadas are Here!

As we all have noticed, the Brood X Cicadas have made their appearance in central Indiana this month! This page is dedicated to information about these cicadas and how you can actively take part in tracking them.

map of the Eastern United States showing counties with cicada broods colored by year of next emergence. Most of Indiana is colored yellow to indicate Brood X emerging in 2021.



How to Download the App:

  1. Go to your App store and search for Cicada Safari (it's free). Screenshot of Cicada Safari app
  2. Once you have the app downloaded, make sure to set up your account and confirm your email address.








How to Map Cicadas with the Cicada Safari App:Screenshot of cicada map in the Cicada Safari app

Once you have the app, you can start tracking cicadas! Start taking pictures and videos to help track Brood X cicadas in Indiana!


Cicada Safari Resources

Screenshot of picture and description of podcast episode

Screenshot of Ologies podcast episode description. Click on the link above to listen to the episode! 

What Is Citizen Science?

Examples of Citizen Science