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A cicada warning system with Arduino

Zoe RomanoApril 2nd, 2013


This spring, patches of the East Coast will turn buzzy and crunchy because of … bugs.  Periodical cicadas (or Magicicadas) usually live underground but after 13 or 17 years, they emerge synchronously and in tremendous numbers to look for a mate.  Radiolab launched a campaign to predict their arrival with a bit of DIY science and using an Arduino UNO.


cicada detector

You can follow the instructions of the  simple tutorial on how to monitor soil temperature until it reaches 64° F (17,7 C°) — when the cicadas should start to emerge. The homemade temperature kit will be reporting the findings back to to Radiolab so they can  put them on a map and share crowdsourced observations with the world. Get ready for Swarmageddon, watch the video below!


6 Responses to “A cicada warning system with Arduino”

  1. Yann Jonhannsen Says:

    Super wasteful use of technology!

    A thermometer does the same thing.

  2. Danielle Says:

    Thanks for sharing – also will help tell me when to plant my veggies this year.

    I don’t see how anything built with an Arduino could be a wasteful use of technology. I think the point of this is that it also communicates with Radiolab. A regular thermometer doesn’t do the trick either, you need a probe thermometer to get these readings. If if I loved being a consumer and buying tons of crap I don’t need, I could get a probe thermometer and manually email the results to Radiolab… ? That somehow seems far more wasteful than using components which I can reuse in about a million different ways.

  3. alexei Says:

    i just love cute techie chicks with arduinos 😀

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