Cicada Mania

The Cicada Mania Blog: News, Findings, and Discoveries About Cicadas.

Buy a Cicada T-shirt, Mug, or Hat!

April 30, 2013

Return of the Cicadas Documentary

Filed under: Brood X,Magicicada,Periodical — by @ 2:46 am

Return of the Cicadas is a documentary about the return of the Brood X periodical cicadas, by producer Samuel Orr. It is worth watching for for folks in the Brood II area so they know what to expect.

Take a look:

Watch Return of the Cicadas on PBS. See more from WFYI Community Stories.

April 2, 2013

The most interesting 17 year cicada facts

These are the 17 most interesting 17-year cicada facts (in my humble opinion). All these facts apply to 13 year cicadas as well.

  1. Names: People call these cicadas “locusts” but they are not true locusts — real locusts look like grasshoppers. The phrase “17 year cicada” indicates that they arrive every 17 years. The name “periodical cicadas” indicates that they arrive periodically and not each and every year. The scientific name for the Genus of these cicadas is Magicicada, and there are 3 types of 17 year Magicicadas: Magicicada septendecim, Magicicada cassini and Magicicada septendecula. This is a true locust:
    Locust
  2. There are 13-year cicadas too: there are 13 year cicadas too! There are four species of 13-year cicadas: Magicicada tredecim, Magicicada neotredecim, Magicicada tredecassini, and Magicicada tredecula. Broods XIX, XXII and XXIII feature these cicadas.
  3. Eye Color: Most 17 Year Cicadas have red eyes, but they can also have white, gray, blue , yellow, brown , or multi-colored eyes
    White Eyed Cicada
  4. Fungus: The Massospora fungus infects Magicicadas, filling their abdomens and destroying their ability to reproduce. Often, their entire abdomen will fall off. The cicadas actually spread the fungus throughout their local colony via mating — the Massospora fungus is a cicada STD!
    Fungus
  5. They’ll attack land on you if you’re using a power tool or lawn mower. Cicadas think the sounds made by power tools and lawn maintenance equipment are made by cicadas. They get confused and will land on the people using the equipment! Pro-tip: cut your lawn in the early morning or near dusk when the cicadas are less active.
    Cicadas on Man
  6. Cicadas have five eyes: Cicadas have two, obvious, large, compound eyes, and three ocelli. Ocelli are three jewel-like eyes situated between the two main, compound eyes of a cicada. We believe ocelli are used to detect light and darkness. Ocelli means little eyes in Latin.
    5 eyes.
  7. People eat them: People eat them. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There, uh, cicada kabobs, cicada creole, cicada gumbo, panfried, deep fried, stir fried. There’s pineapple cicada, lemon cicada, coconut cicada, pepper cicada, cicada soup, cicada stew, cicada salad, cicada and potatoes, cicada burger, cicada sandwich… that’s, that’s about it.
    Cicada Ice Cream
  8. Animals eat them: all wild animals and domestic pets will eat them. Dogs will gorge themselves until they choke. Squirrels will eat them like corn on the cob. Wild turkeys will grow fat and juicy on the cicada feast. Fish go crazy for them too — you can use them as bait, or use lures that mimic them.
  9. Cicadas “eat” tree fluids: Cicadas don’t eat solid foods — instead they use their slender, straw-like mouth parts to drink tree fluids.
  10. Cicadas pee: Yes cicadas pee, so wear a hat when walking under trees if that sort of thing bothers you. Cicadas drink tree fluids, and then expel the excess fluid they do now need. People call it “honey dew” or “cicada rain”.
  11. That cicada sound: Only male cicadas make the sound they’re famous for. Males have organs on their abdomen called tymbals. Muscles pop the tymbals in and out, which creates the sound we hear. Males make different calls for different reasons, and each species has a unique sound. Females can make sound too — they flick their wings to respond to males. Read this article for more information.
    tymbals
  12. There are billions of them: there are literally billions of 17 year cicadas. Why? One theory suggests that the large number of cicadas overwhelms predators, so predators are never able to eat them all and cicadas, and many always survive to mate. This is a survival strategy called “predator satiation”.
  13. They damage wimpy trees: the biggest concern about 17 year cicadas is their potential to damage young trees. The truth is they will damage limbs on the wimpiest of trees, so if you if you have weak, pathetic, wimpy ornamental trees in your yard you should consider placing netting around the trees if the cicadas visit your yard. Also you can try hosing them off with water, placing insect barrier tape around the trunk of the trees, or picking them off like grapes! Or, plant strong, beefy American trees — that’s what I would do. Cicadas actually benefit the health of trees by aerating the soil around the roots, and trimming the weak or damaged limbs.
  14. Stragglers: Periodical cicadas that emerge in years before they are supposed to emerge are called stragglers.
    hipster cicada
  15. 17 and 13 are prime numbers. Scientist speculate that one reason why these cicadas emerge in 17 or 13 year cycles is because those are prime numbers. The fact that 13 & 17 are relatively large* prime numbers makes it difficult for predators to synchronize with them. (*Relative to the average lifespan of an animal.) Annual cicadas (cicadas that arrive every year) often have wasps specialized to prey on them; periodical cicadas have no such wasp because no wasp could evolve to synch with it.
  16. They use their color to warm up: Cicadas need to be warm to sing and fly around, but they’re cold blooded. Their dark skin absorbs the heat of the sun, which helps to warm them up.
  17. 17 year and 13 year broods co-emerge every 221 years. Cicada Broods usually don’t overlap geographically, and it is very rare when they emerge in the same year. The next time Brood II (the brood emerging in 2013) will co-emerge with another brood will be in 2115 when it co-emerges with Brood XIX. You might need a time machine to see that happen.

Bonus: More information on the morphology of 17 and 13 year cicadas, so you can tell the difference…

June 13, 2008

A creative use of cicada skins: a cicada wreath

Filed under: Brood X,Cicada Arts — by @ 3:06 pm

A Cicada wreath constructed in 2004 by Jenny Pate:

Cicada Wreath

I think it’s awesome! Thanks to Jenny’s husband Bill for sharing.

Anyone else have an example of cicada arts & crafts to share?

May 14, 2005

Cicadas (and me) on CNN

Filed under: Brood X,Cicada Mania,Magicicada,Video — by @ 6:18 pm

Last year around this time I appeared on the Anderson Cooper Show on CNN.

Be warned: I look how a dude who runs a cicada web site should look like: 40 pounds overweight and a little scraggly.

July 5, 2004

What Happened: the Magicicada No-Show of 2004

Filed under: Brood X,Magicicada,Periodical — by @ 3:55 am

In 2004 the Brood X emergence in Long Island New York and
New Jersey ranged from disappointing to depressing, with one lone
exception: Princeton, New Jersey. Other areas of the country, like
Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Ohio witnessed fantastic emergences.
The truth is the New Jersey and Long Island Brood X populations have been dwindling
for generations. I did not bother to make a New York Brood X t-shirt because I did
not expect an emergence there (I only made a shirt after a dozen or so requests).

So why are Magicicada populations dwindling? Entomologists will study the facts and arrive at an educated answer, but in the meantime, let’s explore the clues to the Magicicada mystery of 2004.

The Media

If you listened to the media in the New York/New Jersey area, you would think the Brood X emergence would rival locust plagues promised in the Bible. After many interviews with the press, I believe that they were not guilty of intentionally sensationalizing the emergence. They were fooled like the rest of us: mislead by archaic or misleading brood maps, or outdated information on web sites. While a site like Cicada Mania can be very informative, to get the most accurate information the media really should contact professional entomologists like Dr. Chris Simon and her associates.

One important detail the press neglected to convey is that Magicicadas do not appear everywhere when they emerge: they only emerge in specific locations.

Location, Location, Location

In any given state in which Magicicadas emerge only a select number of counties and towns will experience them — people in New Jersey assumed that the entire state would be inundated, but this was not the case.

It is also common for cicadas to emerge in vast numbers on one side of a town, while on the other side of town, only a handful will emerge. A new housing development will probably have zero cicadas, while the woods across the road might be chock full of them.

Brood Maps and location tables can be misleading because they often point to a general area. A map or table might say cicadas exist in a particular town, but really they only emerge in two or three very specific locations within that town.

Development and Sprawl

Think back 17 or 34 years (if you’re old enough) and try to remember what your town and state was like back then. New Jersey for instance has experienced tremendous increases in population and new housing development. Cicada habitats are destroyed as populations expand and communities sprawl across the landscape. If a population of Magicicadas stands in the way of a Wal-Mart or a neighborhood of McMansions, the cicadas are history.

Pesticides and Environmental Toxins

Homeowners, businesses and the government dump tons of pesticides into the ecosystem every year. West Nile Virus spraying, although necessary, may also have an impact on Magicicada populations. Perhaps all these chemicals have taken their toll on the Magicicadas?

Given the number of superfund sites in New York and New Jersey (do a search: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/locate/index.htm) I’m surprised anything lives in either state.

Predation

Cicadas are fast food for starlings, sparrows, and other predators. In areas were cicada populations are healthy, the birds can’t keep up with the massive buffet of cicadas, and the Brood survives. In areas like Long Island and New Jersey where the cicada populations are weak, birds quickly decimate emerging Brood. European starlings and English sparrows are called an "invasive species" because they are not native to North America. Native insect species, such as cicadas, have not evolved defenses against these invasive species. Likewise native bird and bat species have not evolved the ability to compete with these newcomers.

Hundreds of years ago the smallpox virus destroyed Native American populations, because Native Americans had not evolved immunities to this dreadful disease. Similarly, an invasive species could destroy many native North American animals and plants.

For more information about invasive species and what you can do about them, visit the Invasive Species Weblog.

Weather

The past few springs have been cold and rainy in the Long Island and New Jersey area. Perhaps the weather has delayed the Brood X emergence?

Stragglers

Occasionally Magicicadas will emerge a year or so later than they were supposed to. Perhaps a few Brood X cicadas will emerge next year? Only time will tell.

2021

So what can we do to ensure that Magicicadas will be around for future generations? What can we to do to ensure that the media doesn’t misreport future emergences?

  • Magicicadas could be declared an endangered species, and they should be protected from development.
  • Discourage the use of pesticides when alternative and natural means of pest control exist.
  • Educate yourself about invasive species and learn what you can do to control them.
  • Encourage entomologists to update brood maps and to create specific location information. Place caveats on current brood maps indicating waning or endangered populations.

June 18, 2004

June 8th – June 18th Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X,Mail and Comments — by @ 1:17 pm



Found nymph in shallow soil

Date: Friday, Nov/26/2004

Message: Earlier this month (November), while digging for worms in the backyard, found a large nymph (almost certainly a Tibicen) in the soil. He was shallow, within five inches of the surface.
– Eric, Missouri



thanks Lindsay

Date: Monday, Nov/22/2004

Message: Thanks for that address change Lindsay.
I can also say that the cicadas in New Zealand are starting to emerge.
I have 4 species for the season so far.
Kikihia subalpina, Rhodopsalta sp, Amphipsalta strepitans and Maoricicada hamiltoni.
Things here are a bit behind you Australians, give us 1-2 more months and we will be fully into our season. – Kees, Dunedin, New Zealand



Australian cicada website moved

Date: Wednesday, Nov/10/2004

Message: Hi all. The website “Cicadas of central eastern Australia” has moved to http://doolot.sols.uq.edu.au/ins-info/ Please update your bookmarks. Southern Hemisphere cicadas will soon be in full swing. Extensive rain across the east of Australia should bring the big ones out over the next few months. – Lindsay, Australia



just sayin hey

Date: Wednesday, Nov/10/2004

Message: Just stoppin in to say hey and howz it?
See ya later… – Cicada x, In.



About the microhabitat selection of the emergence of cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Nov/3/2004

Message: Most papers study in the adult cicadas,e.g.,sound. Is there any study focusing on the nymphs emergence to eclosion? – Lin, Y. H. , Taiwan



Because they don’t

Date: Saturday, Oct/30/2004

Message: Cicadas don’t emerge in 12, 14, or 16 year cycles because they don’t. Occasionsional cicadas will emerge a year late or early, howeever for the most part they emerge in intervals which happen to be prime numbers. – Cicada Mania, Cicadatown



cicadas

Date: Tuesday, Oct/26/2004

Message: Why are there no 12,14,or 16 years locusts? – tb, sc



found cicada

Date: Sunday, Oct/17/2004

Message: sighted a green and black cicada, we thought it was dead or almost dead so we brought it home it was warmed up and is now crawling ang flying around, were not sure to release it just yet because of bad weather. – -anonamous, canada, hamilton, ontario



Want that sound

Date: Tuesday, Oct/5/2004

Message: If you’ve ever seen any Anime cartoons, you will hear that distinctive intermitant sound in the back ground – kind of 5 or 6 electric sounds, short, then a long one. I believe this to be a type of Cicada, but can not find any info with that sound. Do any of you know what makes that sound? – Trent Kuver, Federal Way WA



NH sighting

Date: Thursday, Sep/30/2004

Message: I have NEVER ever seen a Cicada before. Sunday there was a HUGE bug on the deck of my home where it remained for an hour or so and walked around and apparently flew away at some point………Did this guy take a wrong turn and wind up in NH? – KP, Tuftonboro, NH



Cicadas in Il

Date: Sunday, Sep/26/2004

Message: I found a cicada in our yard about a week ago. I had never seen one and have just found out through this sight. It was on our tree trunk, seemingly drying out it’s wings, and it’s old body was not far. I was going to get it, but I think the neighbor’s dog got to it first. – Jay, Vaugh



Howz it.

Date: Monday, Sep/20/2004

Message: Dan, hows your cicadas doing, are they still singing or have they all gone…in my area, I havent heard any since the first week of aug. – Cicada x, In.



Thanks

Date: Sunday, Sep/19/2004

Message: Thanks Cicada X and Laura from the Yahoo! magicicada group. – Dan, Cicada Mania



Shells

Date: Friday, Sep/17/2004

Message: If you did not get enough 17 year cicada shells, look on the underside of leaves. Up to about 2 weeks ago, I still found them clinging to the leaves. I am trying to get as many as I can before the leaves fall. I have collected many to show in my science classes for the next 17 years. – Shirley Jeffords, Silver Spring, MD



It was a GREAT cicada season!

Date: Thursday, Sep/16/2004

Message: Well, I was sorry to see Brood X go, but then the Annuals started coming out (Tibicen Chloromera), and it was an awesome season for them… more than I have EVER heard in my life. So many of them it almost sounded like a periodical cicada brood, the sound kept flowing like ocean waves. That’s why I got a minidisc recorder and became a Nature recordist. The crickets and katydids were phenomenal too. It must have been because of the abundant rain, more eggs hatched than usual. Whatever the reason, it was an incredible summer! But now, regretfully, the cicadas are gone. Fall Happens! – Laura Woodswalker, Oaks PA



They say there is a monster underneath the bed…

Date: Wednesday, Sep/15/2004

Message: Oh my GAWD!!! I had a cicada underneath my bed and I almost fainted from fright. They are HUGE. I wouldn’t mind if they slept for another 17 years. – Maria, Montreal, Canada



welcome back!

Date: Tuesday, Sep/14/2004

Message: Welcome back Dan, hope ya had a great vacation! – cicada x, In.



CICADA

Date: Tuesday, Sep/14/2004

Message: I HAVENT SEEN ONE OF THESE IN A LONG TIME ,FOUND IT IN MY SWIMMING POOL
9-13-04 IN CT – LESLIE TEDFORD, MOOSUP,CT USA



cicada season

Date: Tuesday, Sep/14/2004

Message: I arrived in Bhutan in summer and suddenly only last week the cicada sound was there from morning till late at night. I am told they herald the start of autumn. Is this true? – kleen, bhutan



found cicadas in yard

Date: Monday, Sep/13/2004

Message: A fifth grade student found two cicadas in his backyard. Since I have never seen one, I looked it up on the internet. I didn’t think that they were around her and especially in Sept. – Sharolyn, Minneapolis, MN USA



Cicadas are everywhere

Date: Sunday, Sep/12/2004

Message: The cicadas are all over. My cats are constantly bringing them inside! (which is okay since I’m doing a bug project for school!) – Sara, Olathe, KS United States



What’s that noise?

Date: Saturday, Sep/11/2004

Message: I just moved here from Southern California about two weeks ago (don’t ask why) and I don’t think I’ve ever heard or seen a cicada before. Is that what I’m hearing? At first I thought I was hearing a power tool or weed whacker from a distance but was told it was an insect and the person didn’t know what type. I also heard that from a Jamaican woman the when she heard them in Jamaica, it meant that the coming day would be hot. Is this true? – Denny, Ottowa, Ontario, Canada



Hi

Date: Thursday, Sep/9/2004

Message: Good to see you guys back.
Well its about another 6 weeks or so before us cicada enthusiasts here in NZ can expect to hear our first cicadas for the new season. I cannot wait, make the most of the time you guys have left in the northern hemisphere.
– Kees Green, Dunedin, New Zealand



Cicada on my window!

Date: Thursday, Sep/9/2004

Message: I know nothing about the Cicada but I went to go make lunch and noticed a hige insect on my window, I thought he looked like a locust so I checked online at pictures and came across the Cicada and it’s a definite match. He is massive! I looked at the chart stating when they should be in MA and this guy is about 4 years too early…he must have got lost somewhere along the way! – Stephanie Joyce, Everett, MA USA



Back from Vacation

Date: Wednesday, Sep/8/2004

Message: We’re back. – Dan, Jerzey



cicada sighting

Date: Thursday, Jul/29/2004

Message: I’ve lived in Washington state for 33 years and have never seen a cicada, (locust)until today! I had one land on the side of my face while weedeating. To say the least, it freeked me out. I’m not sure what species it was, but I know what it is.
I’m originaly from Texas, and lived with the noisy little creatures for 17 years. I can’t say, that I’m pleased to have them here. I have a small apple, cherry, and grape orchard. I know how distructive they can be. I’m also an organic grower.(no pesticides) So, for all of you who enjoy their presence. I won’t be spraying, and will be purchasing some net covers for my trees and vines.
I just thought I’d leave a sighting message, and see if anyone else in Washington has seen any locusts.(cicadas);>) – Bo, Graham, Washington. USA



It isn’t over until the last cicada sings…

Date: Thursday, Jul/29/2004

Message: I couldn’t believe it! I was eating a bowl of ice cream and latently listening to the chorus of dog day cicadas when in amongst them – all by itself – one little cassini calling. Unbelievable – but it was there! We had only 4-5 in the woodlot earlier this spring that I could count by their calling. It was a delight to hear that ratcheting sound one more time today. Hopefully, he’ll be there tomorrow. – Michele, NW Ohio



Finally!!

Date: Wednesday, Jul/28/2004

Message: I had given up, but today they are finally here! I think our weather has perhaps delayed them, it’s been very cool with lots of rain this month.

Our elevation here is approx. 3,400 feet, so that might have had something to do with it too.

I have only seen one so far, but their song is filling the forest! – S, Boone, NC



Deer Tick = LYME

Date: Monday, Jul/26/2004

Message: Ajay, I read your post and can’t stress strongly enough to you, to please, please, please get checked for lyme disease!!! The rash only occurs in 50% of people who were bitten by a tick. THe fever indicates an infection, which is probably the lyme bacteria. You MUST be evaluated by a “lyme literate” doctor. My daughter has been battling lyme disease for about 12 yrs now. She is only 22 yrs old. Don’t assume that just because the fever dissipated quickly that you are free from lyme. The symptoms could be varied, and can appear much later. It is best if treated early; late stage lyme can be very difficult to eradicate. Sorry for the alarm, but most folks don’t know enough about this devastating illness to know how to proceed. I hope you don’t have it, but don’t just assume you don’t. My daughter was treated at 10 yrs, and 12 yrs later still has it, even tho we thought it was eradicated then. Don’t mean to be an alarmist, but this has been a nightmare in my home. If you need further info, or want to discuss, email me.

“during my fruitless June cicada I brought back a deer tick from Connetquot State park which I extracted from my lower leg with difficulty. Last weekend I suddenly developed a high two day fever which exceeded 103.5. It vanished as suddenly as it appeared. With no rash, or joint pain I do not think it is Lyme but there are other tick borne diseases. I hope my LI cicada was not even worse than I suspected. — AJay, Stony Brook ” – Marilyn, Great Neck,NY



lots “o” cicadas!

Date: Monday, Jul/26/2004

Message: hey! theres tons of baby cicadas at my house in Arizona. atleast every morning I wake up and go to my back yard and find 5 to 6 baby cicada shells. Ive seen how a nymph is born into a cicada, it was pretty cool. sometimes i find dead cicadas with there wings preformed, the neighborhood cats might like the noise they make when you BUG em. – Collin, Gilbert az ,america



LI cicada sightings!

Date: Monday, Jul/26/2004

Message: I live in Great Neck, but currently go to school in Valley Stream. I hear them every morning as I walk to class from my car. Haven’t heard any in Great Neck though.

– Marilyn, Valley Stream, NY



Brood X: the Next Generation

Date: Sunday, Jul/25/2004

Message: I’m overjoyed–I finally saw some Magicicada Brood X eggs! I went to the groves and picked up branches with oviposit marks, that had fallen onto the parking lot. I discovered you have to break the branches open to see the eggs. They look like miniature grains of rice, hardly bigger than a grain of sand. I had expected them to really BE the size of rice grains–hadn’t seen them before because I never thought of breaking the twig open! I planted them in a bucket with dirt & water…now I’m hoping to see hatchlings in a few days or so. How exciting to be witnessing the next generation of Brood X! The cycle is completed!

– Laura Woodswalker, Oaks PA



saw first cicada

Date: Saturday, Jul/24/2004

Message: A cicada flew into our kitchen last night and spent the night on the window sill. This is the first one I’ve seen. – Julie, Nashville, TN



They’re here!

Date: Saturday, Jul/24/2004

Message: Saw several cicadas in the yard today. Can’t recall ever seeing them before. Incredible little creatures! Hope to get a photo of them soon so I can identify which exact species we have and find out how often they come topside. They look like little hunters dressed in green camo. They need some flying lessons though — seem about as coordinated as my wife. – Joe, Karnes City, Texas



Ann

Date: Friday, Jul/23/2004

Message: The hatching nymphs wont have any wings that are visible or even formed…as for photos of hatching eggs, I dont have any or know where to find some,, if you were asking about molting photos, I have plenty of those.
Howdy Dan, Im still around and watching your site for new stuff on cicadas. Im glad you have this site, its awesome. – cicadax, In.



I’ve got at least one

Date: Thursday, Jul/22/2004

Message: How common are cicadas in California? I found one in my back yard today (loud sucker!) and now he’s perched on high on top of a tree making his noise.

I didn’t see CA in the Cicada calendar. – Mark, Los Gatos, California



where are they

Date: Thursday, Jul/22/2004

Message: charlotte nc,,,, none at all yet. wondering if our weather the last few years delayed them – dave, charlotte nc



A huge one fell into my pool

Date: Thursday, Jul/22/2004

Message: My mom told me to come outside real quick, because the birds dropped something huge and buzzing into the pool. I took it out with a skimmer, put it in my killjar and now I’m waiting to add this one to my collection. Its body is about 3 cm long, a dark green color. I am officially creeped out! – Ivanna, Warren, MI, USA



Baby cicada

Date: Thursday, Jul/22/2004

Message: There’s a picture of a freshly hatched baby cicada on this page: http://www.hgic.umd.edu/cicadas/gallery1.html – Dan, Cicada Mania Headquarters



Waiting for Hatchlings, and Remembering a Long Hunt

Date: Thursday, Jul/22/2004

Message: I brought many egg branches back from Princeton and festooned the trees around my property in Stony Brook LI with them. I do not see any hatching yet, but I do not know what changes to look for. Sadly I suspect that this will be the only tiny Long Island emergence of Brood X in 2021. Perhaps there will be thousands but unfortunately, there must be millions to overcome the invasive bird predators. Wherever I am that spring, I will post the precise location and perhaps some rescuers will arrive with bird proof netting to provide small safe havens.

I am sorry that I did not save far more dried specimens for my display. They dried so nicely that with a little red nail polish I think they will look almost alive. I even have one female decula. While I hear a few Tibicens outside, they just are so less interesting than the Magics. Meanwhile, during my fruitless June cicada I brought back a deer tick from Connetquot State park which I extracted from my lower leg with difficulty. Last weekend I suddenly developed a high two day fever which exceeded 103.5. It vanished as suddenly as it appeared. With no rash, or joint pain I do not think it is Lyme but there are other tick borne diseases. I hope my LI cicada was not even worse than I suspected. – AJay, Stony Brook



Nymphs Hatched from Eggs: Clarification

Date: Wednesday, Jul/21/2004

Message: cicadax, In. pointed out that “only when they emerge and molt for the last time will their wings be fully formed.”
That’s exactly the stage I saw—maybe my earlier message wasn’t clear—nymphs hatched from eggs prior to heading downward for the next 17 years. Here in Maryland, we are in that stage about now. Do you know of any photos of this stage? – Ann, Chevy Chase, MD



No Brood X’s live in Texas

Date: Tuesday, Jul/20/2004

Message: As an FYI: only cicadas belonging to the genus Magicicada arrive in Broods. There are no Magicicadas in Texas, so there are no Broods in Texas. Plenty of other species of cicadas though… – Dan, Cicada Mania Headquarters



Cicada Brood Unknown

Date: Tuesday, Jul/20/2004

Message: Played golf Sunday in Universal City, Tx (Sub of San Antonio), the cicada singing was so loud it hurt my ears. I really mean that they were really loud. Guess since we’re in the 95 plus temps now, they are in full glory. During the day time hours today in the city, I can hear them as if there were no other sounds.. – Bill Rain, San Antonio



nymphs

Date: Monday, Jul/19/2004

Message: Magicicada hatchlings have no wings out and durring nymph stage, they have none out as well. only when they emerge and molt for the last time will their wings be fully formed. You may have seen Aphids or young leaf hoppers, which both are related to cicada family. – cicadax, In.



Hatched Nymphs: Think I’ve Finally Seen Them?!

Date: Sunday, Jul/18/2004

Message: Yesterday I saw what I think are the cicada nymphs that have hatched, but would like some verification. They were of two ages, I think: the smallest were tannish grey and the larger were all white. Wings folded like a very narrow tent over their bodies and three pairs of legs. They were crawling on a box elder tree near areas where eggs had been laid. If these are the nymphs, I’m excited!
– Ann, Chevy Chase, Maryland



Very last septendecim?

Date: Saturday, Jul/17/2004

Message: OK, it wasn’t alive, but today I found a freshly dead septendecim that still LOOKED alive. The annuals have been chirping away for a few weeks now. And here’s to the possibility of a few Brood X stragglers next year! – Phil, Arlington, VA



I got pictures!

Date: Saturday, Jul/17/2004

Message: I took pictures of a newly emerged cicada on the frame of our back door last night! The aqua-blue veining in the wings was spectacular (I never realized they had that color), and the entire body shimmered with a metallic gold sheen. This is the first time I’ve seen a newly emerged one. I’m so excited! – MrsJennings, Tulsa, OK USA



first one tonite

Date: Saturday, Jul/17/2004

Message: hadn’t planned on seeing any in this part of the country, but found one on our patio earlier tonite! – mikee, conway, sc



they are hatching!

Date: Friday, Jul/16/2004

Message: Magicicada are hatching in full force here! I just watched several within a few moments! Look closely though, hard to see! Best to watch right where the ovipositing took place, you can see the nymphs slowly exit! ENJOY! – cicada x, In.



They are here!!!!

Date: Friday, Jul/16/2004

Message: After reading several reports expecting very little or no activity this year on Long Island. I stepped outside my office today to the wonderful sound of the Cicada! There are many singing their songs and buzzing through the air! I will try to get some visual evidence this evening! – mikebober, Little Neck, NY (Long Island)



brood x in 2005?

Date: Thursday, Jul/15/2004

Message: brood x delayed til 2005? is that possible? has that ever happened before? if so…i wanna know; that way i can experience the beauty i did this year all over again…..let me know! – cicadia cruz, puerto rico



Tibicens

Date: Thursday, Jul/15/2004

Message: Cooooooooool! They are everywhere! :):) – cicadax, In.



Wait Till Next Year?

Date: Tuesday, Jul/13/2004

Message: There is a slim chance that the awful cold spring and summer of 2003 may have delayed Brood X on Long Island. I am not very hopeful but next May on the first hot day I will be searching Connetquot River State park once more. I hope to find the exact location where they were seen in Ronkonkoma also. Meanwhile, my empty terrarium which I had hoped to populate with local Brood X specimens will have to be the host of far less interesting Tibicens. I wonder what will be the effect in areas of Brood X emergence of cicada tuned predators now hunting the “Dog Day” species. I suspect this will not be a good year for them. Maybe they should also wait for next year! At least I have some dried Brood X specimens to glue to a branch for an unusual wall trophy. – AJay, Stony Brook LI



another Brood X location on Long Island

Date: Tuesday, Jul/13/2004

Message: I received a call yesterday, in response to the recent Newsday article “Fearing the worst for cicada brood”. It was from a Ronkonkoma resident who was very surprised to read the article. At the end of May (she wasn’t sure of the exact date), she witnessed an emergence at her residence. She had just assumed that everyone else in the area was seeing the same thing. She first noticed emergence holes all over her lawn and property. Then, she found multitudes of skins littering the trees, bushes and grass. Finally, she saw live cicadas flying between the trees, which she sometimes had to dodge. Unfortunately, she never heard them calling. She remembered the deafening noise in 1987, but this time not a sound! Ronkonkoma was one of the hot spots for Brood X in 1987, but there had been no confirmed reports for this year, up until now. Once again, the birds must have been on the scene right away. Anyway, she’s going to call me back if she notices any flagging in the area, but I’m sure the cicadas never made it that point. So, I don’t know if it’s important, but here’s one more town to add to the list. It may be of interest only for the fact that these may be the final emergence locations ever listed for Brood X in New York State. – Lenny, Sound Beach, NY



They’re Here!

Date: Monday, Jul/12/2004

Message: I can finally hear them! I’ve been waiting all summer for the song of the cicada, but until tonight, July 12th have not heard them!

I don’t think there is anything unusual about the volume (such as there are millions of them)!

I know that summer has finally arrived in Michigan! – Patty Thompson, Redford, Michigan



Cicada siting

Date: Monday, Jul/12/2004

Message: Lots of Cicada in my backyard! I kept wondering what these brownish looking shrimp like shells are that are hanging on my kids jungle gym. I checked it out on the internet and found out about these marvelous bugs! I suppose the live ones are still in the trees. It truly is a phenomenon.

-Anna – Anna, Bergen County, NJ



Christmas in July

Date: Sunday, Jul/11/2004

Message: That’s what it looked like along Rt. 322 just west of Harrisburg PA. It appears that our Magicicada friends must have been busy there, flagging the trees so that lots of orange branches hang down like Xmas ornaments. No one reported a cicada emergence there, and I wasn’t even sure if it was in their range, but while everyone in the cities was bemoaning their absence, it seems they were quietly going about their business in more remote areas. Perhaps there is hope for their survival. Long live Magicicicada! – Laura, Oaks PA



Comic strip

Date: Sunday, Jul/11/2004

Message: Check out todays ‘JULY-11′ strip of “Over the hedge” Looks good! Jeff – Jeff, waterford,NJ



Don’t expect questions to be answered on the message board

Date: Sunday, Jul/11/2004

Message: But here’s a bunch of Tibicen sound files: http://buzz.ifas.ufl.edu/c700fl1.htm – Dan, Cicada Mania



Tibicen soundfiles?

Date: Saturday, Jul/10/2004

Message: I’m definitely hearing annual cicadas around now, but I can’t tell the difference between species. I know I can hear more than one species, but I’m not sure which is which. Does anyone know where I can get soundclips for the various Tibicen songs? – Mitya, Falls Church, VA



2004-07-09 ARIZONA /TUCSON /CHERRY ST /(Just So. of UofA)

Date: Saturday, Jul/10/2004

Message: The Cicada’s are plentiful in this area (for the Desert Southwest). About 2-3 for every tree in this section from 6th down to Broadway St. Perhaps 2-300 or more there. They’re still humming along despite the 100 degree temps. Most of the trees they’re in are Mesquite. The ground out this way is cement-like. I wish them lots of luck digging into that! – Rich B, Tucson, AZ



cicada fairwell

Date: Saturday, Jul/10/2004

Message: The sun, warm in the trees and a breeze rustles the leaves as the last cicada finishes laying her eggs. She turns to take one last look at her own brood, the part of her life she lived for in the ground 17 years. She then flys away, knowing they are safe, she lands on a stone at the base of the tree and sits in the warm sunlight, knowing she has finished her job. With a flap of her wings and a touch in the air, she says goodbye to the world around her and slowly she begins to fade. She is happy, she has spent a lifetime in a day,a day in a life and lived in a huge world of wonder and excitement. Now, it all fades, but she isnt dying, for she lives on in her children and our memories….to brood x a cicada fairwell untill next we meet again. – Cicada x, IN



Cab i cicada???

Date: Saturday, Jul/10/2004

Message: Can a Cicada ever fight back agianst a cicada killer wasp? – landon, Batesville ark.



spotted

Date: Friday, Jul/9/2004

Message: I was under the impression that the cicadas would not be this far south, but tonight my husband and I spotted one on our patio screen. We had heard an evening sound that we had not heard for a long time and a friend from Minneapolis was visiting and said he believes the sound was the cicadas and after tonight we believe.
The Cabeza’s, Greer SC
– Pandora, Greer, SC



They are invading Vegas

Date: Friday, Jul/9/2004

Message: OMG….I saw these huge shells of a bugs on the side of all the houses where I live and I had no idea what they were until i read about it on a post somewhere came here and saw the pictures and realized what they are. They are all over the place. My dogs like playing with them. I think I actually saw one fly by my face when i was walking yesterday. EWWW. – Angela, Las Vegas, NV



First Chloromera

Date: Friday, Jul/9/2004

Message: I heard my first chloromera yesterday. Also, I’m starting to hear increasing numbers of canicularis (at least, that’s what I think they are). Ah, the sounds of summer! – Lenny, Sound Beach, NY (Suffolk County)



Cicadas…in Goethe’s Faust!

Date: Friday, Jul/9/2004

Message: I’m reading Goethe’s Faust just because I feel like it, but in the very beginning–the “Prologue in Heaven,” Mephistopheles relates the “small god of the earth” to a cicada. The quote (as translated by Walter Kaufmann) is thus: “He seems to me, if you don’t mind, Your Grace,/Like a cicada of the long-legged race,/that always flies, and, flying, springs,/And in the grass the same old ditty sings;/If only it were grass he could repose in!/There is no trash he will not poke his nose in.” – Mitya, Falls Church, VA



Cicadas in Texas

Date: Thursday, Jul/8/2004

Message: So I have looked at pictures of these things and have read up on them. This morning my roommate has me go outside to see these (what he calls) big bugs on the side of the house. After looking at it for a moment it dawned on me that it was a cicada and its shell. Looking at the tree out front I found more shells. I didnt think they were suppose to be in Texas. Has anyone else seen them down here. I have a picture but its on his telephone…what good that does me. – Jenn, Celeste, Tx, USA



Finally Arrived!

Date: Thursday, Jul/8/2004

Message: They are emerging in my yard as I write(9PM). Two shells are on my tree and two live ones are climbing the tree to emerge. I’m going to try and video tape some of it. It rained last night. – Dylan Johnson, Kutztown,Pa



lots of cicadas

Date: Thursday, Jul/8/2004

Message: We’ve heard and have seen them for about a month and a half and they usually stay through September. You know when winter’s coming here in Pflugerville and the hot summer days on the flip side. It’s kinda lonely when their sound disappears for the winter. My mom used to fly them like airplanes when she was a kid in Oklahoma. Not many toys. – Drema, Pflugerville, TX., USA



SIGHTING!

Date: Thursday, Jul/8/2004

Message: I have seen several Cicada Bugs in the Columbus, GA area! Why so early? – CeeCee, Columbus, GA



First Tibicen!

Date: Tuesday, Jul/6/2004

Message: Well, brood X was a flop on Long Island this year, but summer’s here and the tibicen show is beginning! I heard my first one today at Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown (Suffolk County). I think it was a canicualris. It definitely wasn’t a chloromera. Lots of great dragonfly activity as well! Can’t wait to get my fill of Magicicada when brood XIV comes around in 2008! I’ll be counting the days! – Lenny, Sound Beach, NY (Suffolk County)



Cicada Protection And the Endangered Species act

Date: Tuesday, Jul/6/2004

Message: I think that we may be able to use the Endangered Species act against those disease bearing feathered vermin, sparrows and starlings. The seven species of periodical cicadas, divided into the 15 broods of 13 and 17 year species and incipient species are a unique North American phenomenon which are evidently in serious jeopardy from the invasion of sparrows and starlings. The extinction of Brood X on Long Island and the total extirpation of Brood XI are warning signs that Periodical cicadas may be less secure than many people realize. When predator satiation is not reached, the total destruction of entire populations can be nearly instantaneous. Certain native bird species such as the bluebird are also under great pressure. I propose that the invasive exotic species in effect constitute a form of environmental degradation and pollution which can and should be controlled. (Certain potentially deadly fungus diseases such as histoplasmosis are also spread by the massive excrement deposits left by these invaders) Avitrol for example is not only very effective but in addition, predators feeding on affected “feathered rats” have been shown not to suffer any deleterious effects. I Propose that as many people as possible (especially cicada fans) contact the appropriate Federal agencies to undertake feathered vermin control measures as expeditiously as possible. – AJay, Stony Brook LI



Sightings

Date: Monday, Jul/5/2004

Message: I have 2 cicada’s sitting just outside my back door and am terrified to venture out there. What is all this talk about their beauty and myth? They are frightening looking and give me the willies! – Donna, Bayport, LI, NY



First Cicada

Date: Sunday, Jul/4/2004

Message: Just heard cicada last night. Old timers in the neighborhood say there was a huge brood here 17 years ago… – Russell Young, Summit, NJ



A cicada in our yard

Date: Sunday, Jul/4/2004

Message: I found a cicada hanging from our car’s tire that had just been parked on the grass overnight! What a beautiful creature.Does that mean there should be more of them nearby? – Bob Doolittle, Memphis, NY



The Very Very Last Magicicada Septendecim!

Date: Saturday, Jul/3/2004

Message: Greetings! People have been talking about “the Last Cicada” for about 2 weeks now. So here’s my very last word: I went hiking at the Green Lane Reservoir today. Did not expect to see or hear ANY Periodical Cicadas. Picked up a few tree branches that had been heavily oviposited…didn’t see any eggs. If they hatched, they fell onto concrete. But there we were, hiking along the lake, when we began to hear lone Cassini’s here & there, cranking up their “rr-rrr-bzzz”. And suddenly I heard it: the very very LAST Septendecim. I couldn’t believe my ears. He sang clear, long drawn-out notes lasting a good minute each…there seemed to be lots of wind and life left in this heroic holdout. They were all supposed to be gone by the end of june and here it is July 3. What an inspiration! – Laura Woodswalker, Oaks PA



One cicada heard Friday am, July 2

Date: Saturday, Jul/3/2004

Message: After a long silence all week (at least in the early am and evening), I heard one single cicada on Friday around 8:30 am “whoa-ing” in the woods in Princeton. Nobody was answering.

Haven’t heard any since.

Fairfax – Fairfax, Princeton, NJ



Lack of sightings on Long Island

Date: Friday, Jul/2/2004

Message: Hi fellow cicada enthusiasts,

I’ve written several stories in Newsday about Long Island’s Brood X representatives. Sadly, they seem to have fizzled out twice – first in East Setauket after a very brief showing and more recently in the NE part of Connetquot River State Park, where a Parks Dept. employee heard them in scattered locations, but only for a few days. Then nothing. The experts I’ve talked to so far are at a loss to explain it, since there are no obvious differences in the areas where the cicadas emerged in 1987. I would welcome comments from anyone who had been looking forward to seeing the cicadas and had actively sought them in different areas around the Island. You can contact me directly at Newsday at 631-843-2583.

Cheers,
Bryn
– Bryn Nelson, Melville, New York



Tibicens

Date: Friday, Jul/2/2004

Message: Finding many Tibicens and hearing them more often. Got up this morn and couldnt believe my eyes, found one female cassini hanging on a limb, she looked as if she hadnt mated or layed eggs, ovipositor was still tucked away and she was quite active…..I held her for a few and then she flew away. I havent heard any males so she will die unhappy…..guess nature has its reasons. – cicadax, in.



Cicada eggs and nymphs

Date: Friday, Jul/2/2004

Message: I am interested in seeing pictures of the nymphs that emerge from the eggs that were recently laid. IF any one sees these little hatchlings please photograph them.
Well, here in NY looks like we missed the Magicicada. I heard a Tibicen cholomera singing on this early humid morning! – Elias, Queens County New York



Lonely cicada heard

Date: Friday, Jul/2/2004

Message: I was walking in the woods at Schooley Mill Park in Howard County in central Maryland around noon today (July 2) and I heard one cicada calling at the bottom of a little stream valley. The last time I saw or heard one before that had been June 22. – Jim Glenn, Clarksville, MD



Magicicada e-group

Date: Thursday, Jul/1/2004

Message: If anyone has questions or would like to discuss something at greater length, you can try my e-group at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/magicicada/. I changed the settings so that anyone can view messages and post. (the default is “members only” and that’s kind of a turn-off.) I think you have to create a Yahoo login first, though. See you there, maybe! – Laura Woodswalker, Oaks PA



heard one

Date: Thursday, Jul/1/2004

Message: heard one at 2:29 pm in a tree in front of my house. – luis, tucson,az



Heard one

Date: Wednesday, Jun/30/2004

Message: Periodical cicada was heard at the Shady Grove Metro near the new garage on June 30, 2004, around 3:30 PM, loud and clear. Hadn’t heard any for at least a week. – Beth, Laytonsville



Eggs – part 2

Date: Wednesday, Jun/30/2004

Message: Ooops, just went to the “Gallery,” saw photos of the eggs…. will try to find some! – Sue, Riverdale, MD



Eggs?

Date: Wednesday, Jun/30/2004

Message: I think the idea of an “egg rescue” is great; so what exactly are we looking for, something tiny IN the branches, on top, or? – Sue, Riverdale, MD



Alas, absent in Ann Arbor

Date: Wednesday, Jun/30/2004

Message: Larry from Detroit: Went in the Dixboro area yesterday, to see the Magic Cicadas (just south of Ply-Ann Arbor street)where the Botanical Gardens are. There was a huge showing here in the begining, but unfortunately they appear to be all gone. No singing and no flying..not one live soul spotted…and it was 80’and sunny. This is unusal as their life span was short of 3 weeks. Last week they were hardly singing (on July 24th)and the birds were plentiful, squawing,flying wildly and picking them out of the trees with ease. I suspect these predators, plus the cooler than usual nights (46’to 52′) and the days in the lower 70’s (with hardly any sunshine) wiped out alot of their numbers way too early. I will miss the Stars of Brood X (their air acrobatics, those pretty eyes,and friendliness) and hope their little ones make it safely back into the Earth. And thank-you Dan for this great board. – Deborah, Westland, Wayne County, Mich



X Files

Date: Wednesday, Jun/30/2004

Message: An X Files Episode tonight on TNT dealt with strange predatory humanoids living in a Florida Swamp. They had glowing red eyes and the only sound they produced was that of Magicicada Cassini! I thought I was gong to have to wait till 2008 for Brood XIV to hear that sound again! – Ajay, Stony Book LI



Some cicadas still around in Western PA

Date: Tuesday, Jun/29/2004

Message: We just returned from a trip to Kentucky. There were no cicadas left in Cincinnati but there are still some singing away near Bedford, PA – easy to hear if you are on the PA turnpike. I work in MD and commute along I-95 every day. The flagging starts just north of the DE/MD line between DE 896 and DE 273 – there is no singing left here. On 6/21 we heard lots of singing in Catoctin State Park. The heavy concentrations I saw this year seemed to be along old MD 924 in Bel Air and at the North East exit of I-95. I will sorely miss these fun insects and look forward to 2021. I was so disappointed they didn’t come out in my area. – Joan, Chadds Ford, PA



Cicada Wedding in 1987

Date: Tuesday, Jun/29/2004

Message: Hi I was looking at my articles on the cicadas from 1987 and I have
one about a lady who got married then and had a cicada-themed
wedding. Her name is Liz and she was married in the DC area.
She was born in a cicada year (1953) and graduated in another
cicada year (1970). So it was fitting that she got married in
1987…her third cidada year.

Liz, are you by any chance on this board? I would love to hear your
perspectives 17 years later on the cicadas and your wedding :) What
life event did you celebrate this time around? The article even has
a pic of the invitation and pic of Liz’s sister with a cicada
wedding cake topping that she made (not a real cicada).

What an incredibly creative idea….I am so glad I kept this article.
– Debbie, Seattle



Cicada Display

Date: Tuesday, Jun/29/2004

Message: I have a half dozen dried cicadas on my microwave and they still look quite good; some have reddish eyes still. I plan on carefully gluing them to a small branch and spaying them with some plastic coating for as lifelike display as possible.
It is sad that this has all come to an end so quickly. I suspect that there still might be some left in NE PA. I remember years ago finding Brood II singing loudly in that area on a small mountain around July 1. I was training for my first NYC Marathon and stopped my run to enjoy the amazing sights and sounds. I was sure “Them” ants as big as busses would shortly come crashing out of the forest! When I brought some home for my yard in Flushing I found how quickly those vile starlings can appear out of nowhere. They were devoured within two minutes of release :-(
– AJay, Stony Brook LI



Rainy days & Resin

Date: Monday, Jun/28/2004

Message: Someone asked about rainy days. The cicadas were definitely quieter on cool/cloudy days and I don’t think they would sing at all when it rained. As to the resin-cast: I haven’t tried it yet, I’m letting my specimens dry out more. The newest ones are 2 weeks old. I experimented w/ red nail polish to bring back the red in their eyes, and clear nail polish on other parts to get rid of that ‘dried-up dead bug’ look. On the resin can it says “to avoid trapping air, dip embedments into catalyzed resin.” See www.eti-usa.com for information about resin products. Very toxic stuff. – Laura Woodswalker, Oaks PA



Singing, Flagging, eggs

Date: Monday, Jun/28/2004

Message: Someone asked about singing in cold, wet weather, they don’t sing. We had some weather like that and I noticed that they were on the trees but under leaves and no singing. The singing became less and less and one day it did not happen. We have alot of flagging in my area. In fact, I saw a lady today with a leave blower out because her yard was covered in small batches of leaves. It looks like fall here because of the brown leaves on the ground and on the trees. I still have not seen any eggs drop. – Shirley Jeffords, Silver Spring, MD



Egg Rescue

Date: Monday, Jun/28/2004

Message: Areas with large Magicicada populations now are littered with huge numbers of egg laden branches. I hope that some of the cicada fans out there can rescue as many as possible from lawnmowers and trash piles and place them in wooded areas, especially those with relatively small populations. A large garbage bag could hold lots but done forget it in a close car. The unnatural predation by starlings and sparrows is already putting severe pressure on these amazing species and we should all try to preserve this amazing beautiful natural resource for future generations to enjoy and marvel at. If I had thought of the idea earlier, I would have obtained some of the protective anti cicada mesh and used it to provide a safe haven for my Princeton cicadas by putting them inside out of reach of the disgusting disease bearing starlings and sparrows which quickly annihilated them. (I have a perfect peach tree for that too and extra compost could have compensated for any use of the trees’ resources) – AJay, Stony Brook LI



Periodicals quieter, Annuals making some noise

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: Noise has really dropped off in the last two weeks in the Fairfax/Clifton areas. Only hear a few lonely souls at a time now, instead of thousands. Last Friday I was surprised to hear some and see flagging SW of Clifton and along Yates Ford Rd east of Manassas. It seemed to stop as soon as the road ends at Prince William Pkwy. I’ve found cicadas north and east of Manassas now, but they disappear as soon as I get to town. Haven’t actually seen one in person since 2nd week of June. We must get the brood that comes in 2013. Interesting how they’re spaced 8 and 9 years apart from each other. BTW This morning was the 1st time I’ve noticed the song of the annual cicadas. It’s officially summer now that I’ve heard them!
– Kenny, Manassas, VA



Nearby sighting, for the record

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: My location, near Atlanta, GA, isn’t within Brood X’s range, but it’s close enough that I decided to try to drive fnorth to see it. My first attempt, at the end of May, was a drive through Gainesville. Nothing.

My second attempt, a few days later, went up 515 and took me as far as Ellijay. I didn’t find anything, but on the way back, about two miles south of Ellijay I stopped at a rest stop named “Scenic View”. There were about a dozen dead cicadas there; I spotted a single live one flying around the trees. A map tells me that this is probably the southernmost extent of the entire brood, so maybe this information is useful to someone.

My third attempt was a trip to Amicalola Falls State Park at the start of June. It was raining and I didn’t walk very far down the trails. I spotted the occasional dead cicada here and there–maybe 6 or 7 total–but nothing live, no singing (not unexpected given the weather), and certainly nothing even vaguely swarmlike. – Ken Arromdee, Norcross, GA



cicada

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: i caught my first cicada today at 2:00 he was a crawling one with no wingsand at 6:45 he molted grew wings and at 7:51 i set him free i have never experienced them coming out of their skins i have seen the skins and full grown but never the transformation it was a cool transformation i will have to catch another one and watch him too. – Lex, Sanger,TX



First annual (Tibicen) cicada heard today!

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: My family & I visited the Cincinnati Zoo this afternoon & I finally heard my first annual cicada there. It was a “Tibicen linnei”….my favorite of the annuals. Hopefully I will find an emerging nymph soon! I have heard no periodical cicadas since last Tuesday. – Roy Troutman, Batavia, Ohio



Are they still singing around here?

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: Need some help – the emergence was large west of me, in the Ann Arbor area, but I heard it was spotty. Any reports of these wonders still singing?
Must hear more, a wonderful sound.
Thanks
Larry D
– Larry DiVizio, Detroit, Mi. USA



Periodicals quieter, Annuals making some noise

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: Noise has really dropped off in the last two weeks in the Fairfax/Clifton areas. Only hear a few lonely souls at a time now, instead of thousands. Last Friday I was surprised to hear some and see flagging SW of Clifton and along Yates Ford Rd east of Manassas. It seemed to stop as soon as the road ends at Prince William Pkwy. I’ve found cicadas north and east of Manassas now, but they disappear as soon as I get to town. Haven’t actually seen one in person since 2nd week of June. We must get the brood that comes in 2013. Interesting how they’re spaced 8 and 9 years apart from each other. BTW This morning was the 1st time I’ve noticed the song of the annual cicadas. It’s officially summer now that I’ve heard them!
– Kenny, Manassas, VA



Nearby sighting, for the record

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: My location, near Atlanta, GA, isn’t within Brood X’s range, but it’s close enough that I decided to try to drive fnorth to see it. My first attempt, at the end of May, was a drive through Gainesville. Nothing.

My second attempt, a few days later, went up 515 and took me as far as Ellijay. I didn’t find anything, but on the way back, about two miles south of Ellijay I stopped at a rest stop named “Scenic View”. There were about a dozen dead cicadas there; I spotted a single live one flying around the trees. A map tells me that this is probably the southernmost extent of the entire brood, so maybe this information is useful to someone.

My third attempt was a trip to Amicalola Falls State Park at the start of June. It was raining and I didn’t walk very far down the trails. I spotted the occasional dead cicada here and there–maybe 6 or 7 total–but nothing live, no singing (not unexpected given the weather), and certainly nothing even vaguely swarmlike. – Ken Arromdee, Norcross, GA



cicada

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: i caught my first cicada today at 2:00 he was a crawling one with no wingsand at 6:45 he molted grew wings and at 7:51 i set him free i have never experienced them coming out of their skins i have seen the skins and full grown but never the transformation it was a cool transformation i will have to catch another one and watch him too. – Lex, Sanger,TX



First annual (Tibicen) cicada heard today!

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: My family & I visited the Cincinnati Zoo this afternoon & I finally heard my first annual cicada there. It was a “Tibicen linnei”….my favorite of the annuals. Hopefully I will find an emerging nymph soon! I have heard no periodical cicadas since last Tuesday. – Roy Troutman, Batavia, Ohio



Help with casting…

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: I found this link on a taxidermy website last night…

http://www.eti-usa.com/books/castinbk/page9.htm

That page is specific to what we’re trying to do but it’s a whole leaflet so to speak so you can read the whole thing if you like.
Looks like some things that I didn’t do were wait till the resin was gelled before I put in the cicada, I didn’t dry him out first with silica gel or something like it…
But that link should be pretty helpful and I’ll probably try again soon. I’ll probably try with one of the not so hot looking dead cicadas that are still outside rather than the “good” ones that I picked.
I hope this helps!!!!
Karen – Karen , Catonsville



Resin Bubbles

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: I had the same experience as you — lots of little bubbles, even this cloudy mold like stuff. This was my first try without talking to anyone, so I’m not 100% disappointed. If I let the cicadas dry first, and then poked a hole in their abdoments so the air would get out sooner… maybe that would have helped. Or maybe it would have hurt… I should have practiced on roaches! – Dan, Cicadamania



Haven’t seen one

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: Was checking the site because I was excited about the 17 year brood. Now I am disappointed that they have been here and gone. Not in North Jersey. – Eric, Saddle Brook, NJ



Casting In Resin…

Date: Sunday, Jun/27/2004

Message: Anyone tried this?
I tried today and although it was easier than I thought, my cicada ended up looking like she was covered in carbonation or covered in ice. No other air bubbles in the mixture except for around the cicada.
When I put her in, it didn’t appear that there was any problem.
Anyone have any suggestions?
I’ve seen a few casts on ebay and none of them look like what mine did.
Here’s a link to all of my cicada pics. At the end I’ve uploaded the pics of my cast.
By the way I took some photos of some eggs that I found. To get the full effect, there’s an option to view the original picture which will take up more than your screen but will show great detail if you’re interested.
Forgive the monotony of the pics, I just kept snapping in the hopes of a few coming out well ;)
It’s just a test and looks like a huge ice cube :)
Take care,
Karen

http://imageevent.com/karennnnn/cicadas

– Karen, Catonsville



A few straggler Cicadas still going in Princeton

Date: Saturday, Jun/26/2004

Message: They get a late start now-10:30 am as opposed to 4:30 am-but a few stragglers are still going. Suspect they’re the Cassinis. We call them the “ratchets” as they wind up their calls. They will be sorely missed. They’re the only insects that make alarm calls if I’m disturbing their habitat (low key agitated buzzes) or down right scream when I inadvertently close a barn door on a Cicada leg stuck in the door jam. They’ll be sorely missed. – Fairfax, Princeton, NJ



Cicada singing

Date: Friday, Jun/25/2004

Message: To all of you who have had the privilege of living with cicadas, I have a question I haven’t found on any site yet. Do the magicicadas sing on rainy days? Cloudy days? Cool days? Just curious if they are like the Dog-days. Also, when they start dying off – what does it sound like? Does the whirring and buzzing just get softer and weaker until there are only the sounds of individual singers? I had to drive 1 1/2 hours from where I live to enjoy them. Two trips I made were a weak apart and the second time I noticed that the decims weren’t as loud and many were dead. The cassini’s were still going strong. I went to Highbanks Metro Park in Columbus and it was freaky because just in one parking area I found numerous decims infected or dead with that gross fungus. Just in that one area! Gave me the creeps and I got out of there. It was kind of dark and shaded there too, which made it more creepy. Appreciate your comments on my questions and “dying” (oops) to know. Love this site and all the input from everyone since I wasn’t blessed with their presence. – Michele, Ohio



New Search in Connetquoit Park

Date: Friday, Jun/25/2004

Message: Connetquot State Park Today. Park Employees including Gil Bergen who has been
there for decades, told me that there definitely were a small number of periodical cicadas
in the tree tops a week ago. They disappeared quickly it seems; I suspect starlings and
sparrows wiped them out. I went on a long hike toward the North east section of the park
where the sounds were heard. I saw no trace of our ephemeral friends and had to cut my
expedition short when I found one of those nasty deer ticks embedded on my leg. I also
circled Lake Ronkonkoma, Again lots of great cicada habitat, but no trace of cicadas.
Gil promised to keep in touch and admitted that he was not absolutely positive about the
exact years of long ago emergences but will look through old records. I had prepared a
really nice terrarium with live small maple trees growing in moist soil but sadly have no
little red eyed singers to fill my living room with joyful sound. A disappointing day.
– AJay, Stoy Brook LI



A cicada carving

Date: Thursday, Jun/24/2004

Message: I just finished carving a cicada today.It turned out good, I think Ill make a necklace out of it. Im starting to see more of the green cicadas, the ones I get every year and the funny thing about them, they seem to tune up their tubas in practice…then begin to sing a little in the evening. They are a pretty cicada and faster than brood x.
Once you catch one though, they are quite tame and like being petted on the back. The one I held and petted leaned from side to side,the side I petted is where she would tilt. I placed her on a leaf, but she flew back to me as I headed back to the house, so, I had to carry her around a while, she stayed on my shoulder, even in the house. I guess Ill call her Kayla. She finally allowed me to put her on the tree, guess she was thirsty for some tree sap. Way cool bug. Went back out before going to work and she was still in the same tree, flew to me and landed on my forehead. I placed her back on the tree. will check on her in the morn. – Cicada x, In.



Patapsco State Park Cicadas

Date: Thursday, Jun/24/2004

Message: I saw about a dozen monday, and heard some in the trees, but for the most part not more than one at a time. Today I heard a few, but didn’t see any. I was in the park from the swinging bridge south on both the sides of the river. – George, Elkridge, Md, USA



patapsco state park?

Date: Thursday, Jun/24/2004

Message: Which part of the park have you seen cicadas? I know at the tire park in Catonsville they are probably gone; they arrived more than 6 weeks ago now.
If I could see another live one that would be so cool!
– karen, catonsville



thanks to marie

Date: Thursday, Jun/24/2004

Message: Thank you Marie for the info about the poem, it was very good and thank you for the touch….thank you Dan for the info on the resin and thank you for this wonderful site. i will visit often and hopefully get to read new messages.I do apologise for the shouting, i never knew all caps meant that. To all cicada lovers and haters, take care and be safe. :) – cicada x, in



Waning cicadas and messages

Date: Thursday, Jun/24/2004

Message: The cicadas seem to be waning and so do the posts on this message board. Thank you so much Dan for setting up this message board so all could share their cicada experiences. It has been really wonderful for me to relive another emergence through hearing about it through all of you, even though I wasn’t there to experience them in person this time. And thanks for those of you who offered to send me wings and for those of you that posted awesome pics. I may go the web site that’s been set up and post my display of the wings Joyce sent me there. I have really appreciated being able to share my love for the magicicadas with all of you….. – Debbie, Seattle



Long Search At Connetquot State Park

Date: Thursday, Jun/24/2004

Message: Message: I ran and walked close to 10 miles in and around Connetquot State Park today, carrying a new 3 CCD Panasonic camcorder. A woman at the gate described her daughter seeing “hordes of disgusting insects” around her home on Connetquot Avenue near the park. I missed Gil Began the resident expert and will try and go back and talk to him tomorrow. Unfortunately I saw and heard not one Magicicada. I had found cicada wings miles from Princeton last week but saw no wings, no exoskeletons and no exit holes during my long exploration today. The park was very beautiful, however, with mid 80s tomorrow, I will make another investigation. I still am hoping for some success. – AJay, Stony Brook LI



New Yahoo Group

Date: Thursday, Jun/24/2004

Message: Laura, who “noticed that it is hard for people to communicate directly with each other on this message board”, started a Yahoo! e-group . Check it out: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/magicicada/ – Dan, Cicada Mania



Don’t go to Cincinnati

Date: Wednesday, Jun/23/2004

Message: I just got back from a couple of days in Newport KY and Cincinnatti (well, north at the King’s Island amusement park)… I believe the cicadas are finished in that area. We spent a lot of time outside, and there were none to be heard or seen. An employee of the natural history museum told me she hadn’t seen any for a few days. Sadly, the magic seems to be mostly over in the midwest. – Holly, Indianapolis, In



Forget about periodical cicadas LI

Date: Wednesday, Jun/23/2004

Message: If they haven’t shown up yet it is because they are dead and gone. Today I heard the first tibicen of the season and no doubt those creatures like soil temperatures a good bit higher than 64 degrees. It’s past that point – if they were going to come out they certainly would’ve been here at least 3-4 weeks ago. In fact, the tibicen is about 10 days earlier than usual which would point to above normal soil temperature.
– Joe, Long Island



Cicada Time Line for Elkridge Md

Date: Wednesday, Jun/23/2004

Message: May 12: Zero.
May 13: Cicada entrance.
May 15: Started singing.
May 22- Jun1: Approx peak.
Jun 18: Cicada exit.
Jun 19: Zero.

There are still a few in the Patapsco State Park. – George, Elkridge, Md, USA



eggs

Date: Wednesday, Jun/23/2004

Message: I have seen eggs and a few hatchlings today,tiny white bugs…cute…they seem to wait till evening here to come out of the eggs, they drop from the branches almost like a feather falling slowly.Very interesting to watch. if you see any its best not to handle the hatchlings. Very fragile, but enjoy them when you can. cicada x – cicada x, in



Anyone know when they will be gone?

Date: Wednesday, Jun/23/2004

Message: For over a week now things have been dying down in the Princeton area – although the mornings are quiet, in the afternoons I still hear the cassini “singing”/screeching and from time to time have seen them. Does anyone know how long until they are “officially” gone for the next 17 years? Day after day it seems that they are but then they reappear. (I thought by late June they were gone but guess I was wrong.) Also, when the eggs start dropping will they be apparent or is it something most people don’t even notice?
Thanks in advance. – Jennifer, Princeton, NJ



eggs…

Date: Wednesday, Jun/23/2004

Message: I haven’t seen any hatch, but so many branches have fallen to the ground where eggs have been laid. The little dude and I were at the park yesterday and decided to investigate to see if we could find eggs. It was really easy to do. If you find a branch; there are tiny scratches in it. Break it apart where the scratches are and you can see the eggs inside; like little grains of rice. We didn’t see any that had hatched but then again I’m not sure how you’d see that. I’m sure as soon as they hatch they probably fall to the ground.
I think I’ll stay away from sitting under trees for a while :)
Karen – Karen , Catonsville



How can you tell when the eggs are dropping??

Date: Wednesday, Jun/23/2004

Message: I see lots of scratches on the branches of the trees in my yard. How large are these eggs or larva going to be when they “drop”?? I’d like to see it happen if possible, just want to know what I am looking for…..All cicadas are gone here, have been gone for 2 weeks now, I miss their songs & watching them interact up close. – Staci, Beltsville, MD



Any eggs dropping yet?

Date: Wednesday, Jun/23/2004

Message: I really want to see the eggs hatch and drop to the ground. Anything like that happening yet. There is a lot of flagging on the trees where I live. Some big trees are completely covered. I am surprised at how high these little bugs climbed to lay their eggs. – Shirley Jeffords, Silver Spring, MD



CICADA Sightings and Hearings

Date: Tuesday, Jun/22/2004

Message: U say they are just now coming out ? got news for you dudes, they are hot an heavy in our yard and make noises every year. OUr back yard is full of wonderful trees for them to play their tunes in. – Tracey, East Prairie, Missouri USA



PA – still a few

Date: Tuesday, Jun/22/2004

Message: (Middle Creek) I can still hear the UFO sounds, but it keeps sounding farther away and you can pick out individual ones. Cassinis still chattering away. I got the chance to observe several up close while singing (the cicada, not me). Dead bodies are littering the ground but the frequent thunderstorms are washing them away – Mike, Lititz PA



A Magicicada Mystery on Long Island

Date: Tuesday, Jun/22/2004

Message: I drove around the perimeter of Connetquot River State Park yesterday morning and there were no Magicicada to be seen or heard. I think the Brood X cicadas are playing games with us on Long Island. To AJay in Stony Brook – the cicadas in Connetquot River SP were reported by the regional environmental education coordinator for NY State Parks. He is extremely knowledgable and was at the park in 1987 for the last Brood X emergence. So, I’m sure they were Magicicadas. We just have to hope they didn’t pull a quick disappearing act like they did in East Setauket. To Michele in Ohio – Thanks for that info! Plum Island is a concern to a lot of folks here. There are a great deal of stories and rumors going around. I just hope the spotty Magicicada activity here can be attributed to natural causes, like AJay pointed out. Time will tell! – Lenny, Sound Beach, NY (Suffolk County)



Fruitlless Search Tonight In Suffolk Co. LI

Date: Tuesday, Jun/22/2004

Message: Results of a long search tonight: I went through Setauket and focused on Branch and Mayflower lanes, epicenter of the early Newsday report. Not a single exoskeleton was visible on any surface. (They were still everywhere in Princeton.) I also passed near Ronkonkoma earlier with nothing visible During last weeks’ search around Connetquot State Park I heard quite a few crickets. I HOPE that is not what those park employees heard earlier. Will go back for a second look within two days (Gotta work on my radio talk show tomorrow) – AJay, Stony Brook, LI



Fruitlless Search Tonight In Suffolk Co. LI

Date: Tuesday, Jun/22/2004

Message: Results of a long search tonight: I went through Setauket and focused on Branch and Mayflower lanes, epicenter of the early Newsday report. Not a single exoskeleton was visible on any surface. (They were still everywhere in Princeton.) I also passed near Ronkonkoma earlier with nothing visible During last weeks’ search around Connetquot State Park I heard quite a few crickets. I HOPE that is not what those park employees heard earlier. Will go back for a second look within two days (Gotta work on my radio talk show tomorrow) – AJay, Stony Brook, LI



Miracle Cicadas

Date: Monday, Jun/21/2004

Message: Very well said, Deborah…these are not just bugs to me either…they are a miracle of God….now roaches are another story ;) But I suppose God has His reasons for creating those too….just don’t know what they are…I hear they can survive a nuclear blast… – Debbie, Seattle



got some!

Date: Monday, Jun/21/2004

Message: Went to Ann Arbor yesterday to Domino farms and got a fair number in the wooded area right next to the parking lot. I also got poison ivy, but that’s another story :) I brought them up here to Algonac, so in 2021, maybe there will be another small pocket of activity! I used a net for the first one I caught, until I figured out that they are really rather slow, clumsy bugs and I can easily just pick them up. I only had 2 or three notice my approach and fly off. In 2021, I am SO going to Cincinnati! – Elisa, Algonac, MI



Magicicada Musings

Date: Monday, Jun/21/2004

Message: After not seeing (or hearing) any cicada activity since the 15th, was pleased to see them flying around in Jessup, MD on Friday afternoon on the way to a weekend conference near Northeast, MD. Being further north, I was hopeful that there would still be some cicada activity and was not disappointed. On morning walks both Saturday and Sunday was able to hear the calls of individual male cassini as well as a solitary ‘decim and to hold and watch several ‘decim females found among those who had recently completed their 17 year life. At the risk of overstating but to illustrate their uniqueness, I think that, given their harmlessness, their lack of fear of humans, their self-sacrifice for the brood as well as their dependable but transient appearances, magicicada can in some sense be considered a “holy insect.” – Stephen, Alexandria, VA



Ann Arbor Cicadas

Date: Monday, Jun/21/2004

Message: Neil, that’s perfect! Cicadas if you want them; no cicadas if you don’t.
And so one more reason for Ann Arbor to
stay on that most liveable city list :-) – HB, Ann Arbor



My Dad and the cicadas

Date: Monday, Jun/21/2004

Message: Talked to my Dad today in Baltimore…he was in NYC for the last two emergences so hadn’t experienced the magicicadas before…he said “he’d never heard such a racket” and he’s hard of hearing! I’m noticing that in the Washington Post webcam they seem to be gone now :( He is fascinated by them, like me, and unlike my mother! – Debbie, Seattle



Cicadas in NY!!!

Date: Sunday, Jun/20/2004

Message:

Thanks you for your persistence Lenny! I was losing hope rapidly reading about the majority of Brood X dying out. It would have been a very sad day if Brood X dissappeared entirely from Long Island. I will make a trip out there in the upcoming week to enjoy this once every 17 year spectacle!! – Elias, Queens County, NY



Havre de Grace, Cassini behavior etc.

Date: Sunday, Jun/20/2004

Message: I went down to Havre de Grace MD this weekend. Going south on Rt 95, I saw an incredible amount of tree flagging. I wondered “why did the cicadas like the environment along Rt 95, do they LIKE the noise & pollution of thousands of cars?” And when I got to my campground near Churchville along the Susquehanna, there were almost none…I did pick up one little Cassini with a broken-off wing. I thought he was nearly dead, until I passed another Cassini grove. When he heard his buddies chirping, he started singing his little heart out, then took off and joined them! It is funny how these critters seem to do cute things and have more ‘personality’ than your average ‘bug’…that’s why some of us have gotten so attached to them… I also spoke to someone who preserves furs & antlers. I asked him about preserving cicadas. He says “they are fat & juicy, so you should air-dry them.” I had some in my car & he said that would also work, it is equivalent to ‘baking’ them. (the car gets very hot.) I mentioned about how the red eye color fades & he said “some red nail polish works just fine for that.”
– Laura Woodswalker, Oaks PA



Heard some in Towson, MD on Fri. Sat.

Date: Sunday, Jun/20/2004

Message: Although I did not see any adults, I heard some in Towson,MD on Fri. and Sat. I am still waiting to see the eggs drop from my trees in Silver Spring, MD. I am going to Emmittsburg, MD on June 26. Anyone know if they have any there? I had fun with them and I miss them already.
I saw the display in the Natural History Museum in DC today. It wasn’t much. I had more in my backyard. – Shirley Jeffords, Silver Spring, MD



RE: Large Cicada

Date: Sunday, Jun/20/2004

Message: Hi,
Your ‘large cicada’ is an annual cicada. These appear every year. With extra hot weather happening, these are emerging a bit early in some areas. I have heard a couple of T. Chloromera around here this weekend. T. Chloromera is black and green with dark eyes, and powdered white underneath.
– Fred Berry, Alexandria, VA



Why So Late On LI

Date: Sunday, Jun/20/2004

Message: Central and eastern Long Island probably have some of the chilliest weather in the Northeast. When we are not getting cold northwest winds from Canada, what would otherwise be warm spring days in May tend to be greatly chilled by southwest winds coming off of an Atlantic Ocean with water temperatures in the forties to low fifties. Not only does this keep the soil extremely cold, but it would provide for a very dangerous climate for cicadas, making them very sluggish at a time when birds are made extra hungry trying to keep warm on cold days. As soon as the current one-day cold snap is over I will be going back over all of the promising areas where cicadas were expected. Perhaps, the sandy soil makes pre-emergent holes unnecessary and difficult and that is why they are not being seen. (Hopefully this is not a case of Newsday crying wolf {or teneral cicada} again!) – AJay, Stony Brook Long Island



Large cicadas are Tibicens (“annuals”)

Date: Sunday, Jun/20/2004

Message: The large green cicada is almost certainly an “annual”, probably of the genus Tibicen. Their broods emerge every year.

It’s neat when periodicals and annuals overlap in late June.

The first Tibicen I heard this year was extremely early: June 7th! Their numbers have increased in the past week, but still only one speices. The common species with the “zing-a-zing” call should appear soon, usually shows up here the last week of June, as does my favorite Tibicen call, the one that sounds like Ms. Pac Man when you eat a power pill.
– Eric, Eastern MO



FINALLY!!!

Date: Sunday, Jun/20/2004

Message: Happy Father’s Day! I woke up today to the news that the emergence has finally begun on Long Island. In a quarter page story in Newsday titled “Better late than never, cicadas”, reports of cicada activity in Connetquot State Park have begun. The first cicadas were heard on Friday by park staff. This was one of the hot spots on the Island back in 1987. No other reports from elsewhere on the ilsand yet, but confidence seems high that this is the beginning of the action! What a nice father’s day present! – Lenny, Sound Beach, NY (Suffolk County)



To Lenny looking on Long Island

Date: Sunday, Jun/20/2004

Message: Get the book titled “Lab 257″. I forget the author. It is about what is going on a Plum Island which is not far from Long Island. Personally, I hope what they are doing out there has nothing to do with the ‘cadas being late or no-shows. Let us know if they show up late! – Michele, Ohio



Pictures

Date: Sunday, Jun/20/2004

Message: Extreme close up: http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/~jlozos/bigcicada.jpg
Yellow eyes: http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/~jlozos/yelloweyes.jpg
Exoskeletons up in one of the three silver maples in my yard: http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/~jlozos/exos1.jpg
I made a t-shirt: http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/~jlozos/broodxshirt.jpg – Mitya, Falls Church, VA



Brood X meets Transit of Venus photo

Date: Saturday, Jun/19/2004

Message: I’m the one who took the photo. The sun’s image is projected by a 3inch refracting telescope. At this writing (Sun., 6/19), the photo’s original sharpness has degrated and become too fuzzy to show Venus (near sun’s 4 o’clock edge), plus the famous cicada is not looking its best. Monday AM will contact Kodak, which put the image(s) online for me and ask it to please restore the original clarity! Regards, Herman P.S. Subtracting 797 from 2004 and dividing by 17 gives the number of Brood X cycles since last they coincided with a TOV! – Herman Heyn, Baltimore, Maryland



Fond of Cicada’s

Date: Saturday, Jun/19/2004

Message: To Cicada X, from one cicada lover to another, touche’.
go to the archives June 9 and see the beautiful poem to a lady cicada. Thanks, Marie – Marie Chibirka, Dalton, PA



LARGE CICADA

Date: Saturday, Jun/19/2004

Message: This morning I found a very large cicada. It did not have any orange on its body . It was 3 times the size of the regular cicadas we have been having and it has black eyes, a green and black body with bluish wings. We have caught it and it is in a cage.
Does anyone know why this one is different? – alex brownlow, loveland, ohio usa



Go To Princeton For Last Look

Date: Saturday, Jun/19/2004

Message: Considerable action still in Princeton yesterday (June 18) though well past peak. Saw and heard lots of noisy singing, flying and landing on passersby in the blocks around the Revolutionary War Monument and walking tour areas just south of downtown. Mostly Cassinis however; not many Decims for flying saucer sound effects fans. Spectacular architecture and gorgeous landscaping made the trip worth while; bring a camcorder and watch the sights and sounds again on a cold winter night while dreaming of summer and hoping for a surprise deceleration next spring. – AJay, Stony Brook LI



CICADA X

Date: Saturday, Jun/19/2004

Message: Cicada X, first turn off your Caps Lock button. Then go to a craft or art supplies store to find the “Casting Resin” you need. – Dan, Cicadamania Headquarters



O.K.

Date: Saturday, Jun/19/2004

Message: WE ALL HAVE OUR LIKES AND DISLIKES, THATS FINE…..BUT TO WISH DEATH ON A LIVING CREATURE IS ONLY WISHING DEATH FOR ALL LIVING THINGS. THE CICADA WAS CREATED FOR A REASON, JUST LIKE ANTS, CATS DOGS AND OTHER THINGS. WE ALL INTERACT IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER. IF YOU DONT LIKE A CERTAIN SPECIES OF LIFE AND DONT WANT TO BE NEAR THEM, MOVE TO A LOCATION WHERE YOU FEEL COMFY, JUST STOP WISHING DEATH TO ANY LIVING CREATURE. I KNOW SOME ONE WILL WISH DEATH ON ME, BUT SORRY, IM NOT GOING TO DIE JUST TO PLEASE DEATH WISHERS. OUR WORLD IS ALREADY SLOWLY DYING DUE TO MAN’S CONSTANT SO CALLED CIVILIZATION AND DEVLOPEMENT. CICADAS ARENT HARMFUL TO ANYTHING, THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO EXIST, JUST LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO WISH THEM DEAD. THINK ON THAT A BIT. WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF SOME ONE WISHED YOU DEAD? JUST BECAUSE THEY DONT LIKE YOU? IF SOME ONE DONT LIKE ME OR VISE VERSA, I JUST GO AWAY AND LIVE MY OWN LIFE. WHY DESTROY SOMETHING JUST BECAUSE YOU DONT LIKE IT? THATS WHATS UP WITH US CICADA MANIACS…WE LOVE LIFE FOR ALL ITS WORTH. CICADA X – CICADA X, IN.



SEARCHING

Date: Saturday, Jun/19/2004

Message: CAN ANY ONE OUT THERE TELL ME WHERE I CAN BUY THIS RESIN EVERY ONES TALKING ABOUT? ID LOVE TO WORK WITH SOME AND MAKE MY OWN CASTINGS…….THAT WOULD BE COOL! – CICADA X, IN



Jersey

Date: Friday, Jun/18/2004

Message: Unless you live in Princeton, or a few select places in Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset or Hunterdon counties, you most likely won’t see cicadas this year. – Dan, Cicadamania Headquarters



“Kewl”

Date: Friday, Jun/18/2004

Message: My husband and I went to Winchester, Virginia over the Memorial Day weekend. I’m glad because I would have never gotten to experience the Cicada. They were everyone, in the trees, on the ground, flying…One landed on my husband. We accidnetly brought one home in the back of our car, (dead), but I put it in a baggie and took it to school and showed it to the class I was in. Told the kids that this is all it was and it was nothing to be afraid off if they came out in New Jersey. Unfortunately, I guess we are missing them in New Jersey. – Debbie, Haddon Heights. NJ



Any Cicadas Left in New Jersey or Pennsylvania?

Date: Friday, Jun/18/2004

Message: My family will be traveling to New Jersey the weekend of June 19th . We would love to spot some cicadas. Are there any left in the Princeton area? We will also be in the Valley Forge area of Pennsylvania.
– Cyrena, Massachusetts



PA – fading away

Date: Friday, Jun/18/2004

Message: But some are still there! Now you can more easily pick out the wheeee-Oooooo of indviduals. The Cassinis are still readily heard; I just think it’s because they are louder. – Mike, Lititz PA



Where are they???

Date: Friday, Jun/18/2004

Message: Fri. June18th ’04

Not a cicada in sight (nor earshot)
Has our 2 consecutive 5 year droughts
‘done them in’?

We had a freak partial-emergence
a few years back of the “X” variety.
Those early birds mated & died in days.
So the line may bounce back, but on a
different schedule. (?)
We shall see what we shall see. ;)
– Jake, Bloomfield, NJ (Essex Co)



Andrea, you may be old in 2021

Date: Friday, Jun/18/2004

Message: But you will still need to get around. Probably in a large car at a slow speed. – greg, baltimore



To Michael in Adrian

Date: Friday, Jun/18/2004

Message: For cicada lovers and cicada haters, I think Ann Arbor is the best of both worlds. They’re not flying around in the city center and scaring the bejeezus out of the bug phobic. But go to the woods on the northeast side and they are everywhere!

– Neil, Ann Arbor, Michigan



SICK SICK SICK

Date: Thursday, Jun/17/2004

Message: ITS SICK TO KNOW THAT SOME OF MY NEIGHBORS WENT TO THE PARK JUST TO CRUSH CICADAS, EVEN WENT TO OTHER PLACES TO DO THIS, WHATS UP WITH THAT? THEY MUST WANT A WORLD WITH ONLY PEOPLE IN IT. THAT WOULD BE QUITE BOREING. ANY ONE CAUGHT ON MY PROPERTY CRUSHING CICADAS OR ANY OTHER LIFE FORM WILL BE PROSECUTED FOR TRESPASSING AND PROPERTY DAMAGE. NO ONE SHOULD FEAR CICADAS, THEY ARE HARMLESS AND FURTHER MORE, THEY ARE GREAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO, JUST THINK WHAT THE WORLD WOULD SOUND LIKE WITH NOTHING BUT PEOPLE NOISES. THAT WOULD SUCK. IM LUCKY ENOUGH TO LIVE AWAY FROM TOO MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE NOISES…..NATURE BY FAR OUT DOES PEOPLE NOISES. WHO WANTS TO HEAR SOME LOUD FACTORY HUMMING ALL DAY AND NIGHT? SOME DO, BUT TO ALL THEIR OWN, JUST STOP KILLING THINGS JUST BECAUSE THEY EXIST. MAN WILL DI HIMSELF IN SOON ENOUGH, SO LETS ATLEAST ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE FOR THE TIME BEING. – CICADA X, IN.



preserving cicadas

Date: Thursday, Jun/17/2004

Message: I bought some resin today and plan on making casts of some exoskeletons and some adults! It should work well; I’ve seen some resin paperweights and jewelry with cicadas inside on ebay :) Not to mention I’ve seen insects in resin before.
I just hope the eyes stay red, that would be great!
I have a bunch in the freezer and then two live ones inside of my son’s sherrif’s playset thing. They were in the jail but escaped.
I miss them already :( – Karen, Catonsville MD

June 8, 2004

May 25th to June 8th 2004 Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X,Mail and Comments — by @ 1:15 pm



Cicadas Numbers Declining

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: The cicadas have been declining here. They are about 60 percent peak as near as I can tell. – George, Elkridge, Md, USA



No more bird talk

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: We’re ending the bird thread for now. I do encourage everyone to educate yourselves about invasive species. – Dan, Cicada Mania



cicada’s after dark

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: Saturday, June 5 we went on a cicada hunt near Augusta WV and spotted cicada’s that glowed in the dark, only much larger and brighter than any firefly. Has anyone else observed this
phenomenon ? – Marie Chibirka, Dalton, PA



Enough with the birds?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: This is for Brad, from Birmingham. I don’t think its ever inappropriate to discuss cruelty to animals, be it birds or insects, as has been discussed here. Yes, this is a cicada board, but Fred from VA was killing birds to protect the cicadas, so the connection is not that remote. And, I think decisions on what we should be allowed to talk about here should be left to the creators of this board, not to just any poster.

I don’t know the solution to dealing with unnatural, invasive species, but I do know that the existence of those of us who are not Native Americans might be considered unnatural here in North America, and we certainly have been invasive. Should we be killed off now, too?

And, yes, I am a devout cicadaphobe, but I still wouldn’t hurt the little guys…they just scare me, rationally or not. – Cicadaphobe, McLean, VA



To Grace in Abingdon, Md.

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: Hi Grace
I wish I could go with you this weekend, I’d love another opportunity to study them again. Out of the 20 cicada’s I captured most have died. :( I contacted UMASS Amherst’s Entomology Dept and asked them if they’d be interested in my specimens for study and they jumped at the chance. They are sending me a box of dry ice to perserve the little bugger’s to ship them back to. They also want copies of my videos and pictures. It made me feel pretty good that I was able to contribute these to a respected University up here.
I strongly suggest I81 South from the Maryland border. Take the exit for Route 901 Spring Mill Road. It won’t be far once you cross the Patomac River.
When you come to the top of the off ramp, you will see a shell station straight ahead. Go right. Follow 901. Not only is it a very nice drive, the road is very windy with a lot of old standing trees. Please remember to open your windows and you will start to hear the Septendeculars singing. They sound like a giant weed-wacker. I followed 901 about half-way through and stopped by a big church that has an old graveyard next to it on the left there is an old colonial style brick building on the right where they are doing some construction to rebuild it. Park in the church parking lot and wonder the little graveyard. I spent an hour here. There were tons of Septendeculars and Septendecims taking turns chorusing. I talked to a lot of the locals and it seems that anywhere along 901 seems to be the biggest concentration of cicada’s. Once you get back in your car continue on 901, you will come to some orchards and go over a set of railroad tracks, the road get’s really windy and hilly, your kids will like this area as it’s like riding a roller-coaster. Eventually, 901 ends and you will come to a stop sign. At this stop sign is rte 9 and you will be in the center of Hedgesville.

Good luck and please post your experience once you come back.
Gerry – Gerry, Northern Massachusetts



No Cicadas!

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: Are we too far north for Cicadas? We haven’t seen anything up here! – Sharon, Pequannock, NJ, USA



Enough with the birds-This is a cicada board

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: Everybody is welcome to his or her opinions. Please do educate yourself about invasive species before posting such sharp responses. There are many websites devoted to invasive species and the damage they cause. English Sparrows and Starlings do not belong in the US and have devastated natural bird populations. Bluebirds, native sparrows, and woodpeckers are just a few that are becoming endangered as a direct result of competition with these invasive species.
Now lets hear about those CICADAS!! I am taking the whole family (wife, 3 and 7 year-old daughters, and myself) for an hour-long drive to Ann Arbor, MI in hopes of finding Brood X. Everybody is very excited about the outing. – Brad, Birmingham,MI



They have landed in Georgia…

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: Three years ago I moved from the city to a home near 500 acres or preserved forest…I had never seen these things before. They are loud and trying to land on or near me whenever I am working in the yard in the evening.

Last night I had to stomp one FOUR times before it stopped moving…I thought moving to the country was supposed to be peaceful?!?!?

– Tamara, Douglasville, GA



Birds and “fung-cadas”

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: Message: Hi Deborah, Your message was very polite and I liked your wording. I’m sorry about the sparrows and starlings. I treasure our natural bird life, and these two species are wiping them out. This is why I destroy them. They are unatural to this country. Take another example: the common Grackle. This species as multiplied to the point where towns are starting to destroy them with chemical warefare. I have never harmed a grackle and never will. This is a NATIVE species, and they are multilpying for reasons that are above me. I have watched Robins, Catbirds, mockingbirds, song sparrows, white throated sparrows, common crows, bluejays and even gray squirrels eating cicadas. Although I hate to see ANY cicada destroyed, this is nature at work and I’ll not interfere with that. English sparrows are NOT nature (in this country, anyway)and they are UNBALANCING nature here. I could kill MILLIONS, but it would not interfere with their growing populations. I see your point about life and karma. I just value our natural species of ALL life over invaders. I am seeing quite a few “Fung-cadas” (cicadas with the cicada fungus), around here. Both sexes. I have watched males singing with only half an abdomen! The song is quite a bit louder and ‘buzzier’ without the enclosed sound-chamber needed to make their true song. I am seeing quite a few more than in 1987. – Fred Berry, Alexandria, VA



I hate cicadas!

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: Why are all you weirdos so infatuated with these ugly bugs? They are ruining my life, i can’t go anywhere without them diving at my head. They are the stupidest creatures I have ever seen. They have no comprehension on how to fly which is the only thing they do with their lives other than breed and die. I can’t wait till they all die. All i know is that in 17 years i will not live anywhere that these bugs could possibly show up again. P.S. For all you people who eat them, you’re disgusting, I wonder if you eat their huge beady red eyes. – sammy, Bloomington,IN



I HATE THEM!!!!!!!!!

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: The stupid things dive bomb my head so I have to take a text book everywhere with me to swat them away. I hate them. Only a week or two left before they all die and I am SO glad!! Oh, and Mrs.Cahill, are you here?!? – Christine Croke, Baltimore, MD



Flying Like Mad

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: The noise level in my neighborhood has dropped some since last week. Well at least the decim anyway. I am definitly hearing more from the cassini now. My husband makes tons of “friends” when using the weedwhacker. Now I know why. The cassini sound alot like it and they must think it is a giant cicada. Even though the cicadas aren’t making as much noise now, they are flying about like crazy. Guess they are trying to fit in as much bug lovin’ as they can before their time is up. THANX TO GERRY IN NORTH MASS.-I am heading to Hedgesville this weekend to visit my sister and was glad of the bug report from there. – Grace, Abingdon,MD



Squirels Enjoy Cicaras

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: When the cicadas first emerged, my family & I watched the squirels campure the cicada & eat them. We have approx 100 trees on our land & from our house windows we could see several squirels scooping the cicada from branches & munching on them.
You knew when the squirel moved to another branch, as you could see just the two wings slowly fluttering to the ground.
Dick in Bowie MD – Dick Bolt, Bowie MD



Terrible Practice

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: To Fred of Alexandria,Va: Your practice of killing Sparrows and Starling is just plain Wrong!! You love the Cicadas (as I do and am awaiting the emergence of the wonderful creatures here S.E. Mich) yet hate these birds. An obvious contradiction…and a fraud.
How horrible to take a life of one of Earths creatures. Who are you to condem them to death? How would you feel if some entity judged your life worthless?
You are in fact no different than the stupid people who go around harming the beautiful Brood Xers.
I feel pity for you and your resultant Karma…and hope you find it in your heart to stop this awful practice. – Deborah, Westland, Mich



Cassinis are still in full swing

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: Yesterday, I drove to nearby Fall Church, VA. for an errand. The Cassinis and ‘deculas’ are still in full numbers. They were flying accross the roads, landing on the traffic lights, my car’s hood when I was stopped, and in the road! This is great! I stopped and watched the Cassinis in a 12 foot tall tree next to the road. Again, these guys were ‘doin the Cassini Caper’ by singing all at one time, flying to the next twig, (all at one time) and then laying down another chorus. I aggree, the Cassinis are my favorites too. Alot of ‘deculas’ are mixed in with these. Their ending ‘Tick, tick, tick, tick’ stands out from the Cassinis’ shrill buzzes. The deculas sound very much like a South Eastern species of Annual cicada which inhabits the scrub and scrub plants on the beaches/dunes of South Carolina. These guys’ songs are the same steady ‘tick tick’ such as heard at the end of Decula’s song. Anyway, todaze weather is very hot and muggy, and the 17 year cicada still persists to my pleasure!
Fred – Fred Berry, Alexandria, VA.



Invasive Species

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: To follow up on Fred’s post, here’s more info about the Euro starting, and invasive species:

http://www.invasivespecies.gov/profiles/eurostarling.shtml

http://invasivespecies.blogspot.com/ – Dan, Cicada Mania Headquarters



Killing Birds

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: To Elena from “Farfax” VA:

I have forgotten more about birds than you’ll ever learn. The English Sparrow (European Weaver Finch, scientific name PASSER DOMESTICUS) has no business being in this country. A few individuals were introduced by some IDIOT back in the 1800’s along with the notorious starling (Sternus Vulgarus) because he/she/it/they desired to have all the birds from Shakespere’s time in this country. These two species have devastated our native species, especially the precious Eastern Bluebird. English Sparrows have devastated populations of periodical cicadas mainly because the sparrows are UNATURAL to this country! There are laws in place concerning the English Sparrow: They may be hunted, trapped and killed in unlimited numbers all year around in all fifty states also including our territories. I have killed countless thousands of English Sparrows and starlings with the blessing of this state. I submit: The cicadas are natural and are true natives of this country. You are NOT. – Fred Berry, Alexandria, VA.



Killing birds, are you?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: I never heard anything more disgusting than that – killing birds to save insects!!! And how CLEVER is that – just think how much he’ll achieve, does he think those creatures’ miserable few weeks life time is a good enough reason to start murdering the NORMAL NATURE? Thanks God, they’ll be dead in a month anyway – birds or no birds.
Besides – when we are talking about Nature’s performance, we should remember that everything that Nature does is BALANCED. This cicadas’ invasion may as well have a purpose of multiplication of OTHER SPECIES.
Such people should be punished by law – that’s my opinion.
– Elena, Farfax VA



SO SAD! Cicadas are fewer and fewer!

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: Feeling rather blue today….the number of cicadas have diminished in our back wooded area dramatically. Although I heard some in the hottest heat of the afternoon, the numbers are down dramatically. Lots of deceased ones lying on our porch etc. I will really miss them when they are all gone, and feel blessed that we were able to witness such an amazing event in our lifetime. Makes me acutely aware of the passage of time, and how brief life really is. – Cheryl VanDaalen, Falls Creek, Louisville, KY



Another location: Valley Forge Mt.

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: There is a small grove of -decim at the top of Valley Forge Mt. in Chester County PA. It is a wooded, wealthy suburban-type neighborhood–the vicinity of High Point Drive and N. Forge Mt. Drive. (you’ll need a map of Chester County.) The cicadas were singing softly and I could pick out individual singers. I saw few live ones, and I did see a lot of “flagging” on trees. I wonder if they are they already starting to diminish? I’ve been going to see/hear them every chance I get–who knows if I’ll ever experience this magic again? – Laura, Oaks PA



Yellow Eyes

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: I found two cicadas with yellow eyes in my yard today. One’s eyes are more gold in color, while the other’s were more of a cream yellow. I was able to get a picture of the one with the gold eyes.
Are yellow-eyed cicadas as rare as blue-eyed ones? – Mitya, Falls Church, VA



Still eagerly awaiting

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: Lived through a large emergence in the 70’s in Clinton County, was thoroughly fascinated. We have three children looking forward to brood X. Sadly, there have been no signs of any. – Nancy Sakowski, Unityville, PA (Lycoming County)



Ryan in Towson

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: Hey Ryan, if you can’t find a good place to record around Towson, come to Allegany County! They were pretty quiet the last few days, but today was hot and humid, and they were singing their little hearts out! They are flying all over the place all of a sudden. I had to clean my windshield twice today, it was so covered with bug guts. (I didn’t mean to hit them…honest!) – kiersa, Cumberland, Md



The Cicadas are here….still

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: We’ve had the invasion of the cicadas in our area for almost a month and they seem to be getting louder and louder. We hear then 24/7. They are all over the trees surrounding our home and every time we venture out of the house, we usually have one fly right at us. We’ve counted at least 50 of them at one time resting under the deck of our house. They make a horrible sound too when you pick them up or swat them away. When will they go back to their underground homes? – Kathy H, Mertztown, PA, USA



On their way out

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: They are mostly gone now. I don’t see them flying around anymore. The noise sounds quite distant now. But I do see lots and lots of corpses. – Dennis, Silver Spring MD



They’re back…

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: Friday, Saturday & Sunday were cold and rainy here. Sunday afternoon we got a little sun and a bit warmer, and the reward was some half-hearted Cassini’s. But today (Monday, 06/17) it is nice and warm and the Septendicum are back with their chorus (a bit less volume), and the Cassini and Decula are in full swing. While photographing some I noticed a Septendicum male with bright YELLOW eyes, that matched his wing veins! I got some good photos of him by himself and with some red-eyed Cassini & Decula. If you’re interested, I’ll send a few photos for your site. I don’t know how common a yellow-eyed specimen is. The trees around here are showing serious flagging, and the girls are steadily inserting their loads in the branches. The weather is supposed to be warm this week, so hopefully we’ll have at least another full week of chorus. – Fred Berry, Alexandria, VA.



cicada destruction

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: They have been here since May 12-my yard is full of millions of cicadas.The noise is deafening,the smell is awful, they have destroyed more than half of the annuals and perennials in my garden by laying eggs in their stems.The theory that they only do damage to small tree branches was way off.Apparently they will lay eggs on any type of plant they can.I am so tired of people saying they wish they had them,or that they love the noise they make.PLEASE.I can’t wait until they leave and I hope to never experience this horror again. – Floralgirl, Maryland



I drove 500 Miles to see them!!

Date: Tuesday, Jun/8/2004

Message: Message: Hi There, This may sound strange to some but, this past weekend, 6/4 – 6/6 I drove over 500 miles from Northern Massachusetts to just outside Martinsburg WV just over the Maryland border to see the Cicada’s. I grew up in Baltimore but unfortunately, in 1987 which supposedly was there previous appearance, I moved to Massachusetts and I do not remember the previous appearance back in 1970 so I’ve been missing them. Anyway, I figured if I didn’t go down to see them now, the next time they arrive I’d be 57 years old (I’m 40 now) so I just had to go. I was glad to discover that there are two different species currently out, Magicicada Septendecim and Magicicada septendecula. I have identified these from their songs and coloring and I think I got it right. Anyway, I was in bug-heaven. When I was a kid, I collected the annual Cicada’s and ever since then I’ve been in love with them. They are the coolest things ever, not too bright but still cool. So I just had to come down to see the brood this year. Anyway, I managed to collect about 20 specimens. 10 of each species and broken down into 10 males and 10 females. Man what a bunch of noise the Magicicada septendecula made on the drive home from WV Today!! Anyway, when I brought them home, I took tons of pictures. I wanted my pictures to be in sort of a natural setting so I went in my yeard and cut a piece of bush, stuck it in water and shined a 1000 watt light on it and placed some cicada’s on it. I was happy to report that the Magicicada septendecula started doing their chorus right in my house hoping to entice some of the females!! It was pretty cool. After a while I placed some of the Magicicada Septendecim females on my natural – looking bush and am happy to report that several of them actually started to lay eggsI I don’t know if they mated with the males in my specimen container or they mated previous to me collecting them. I suspect the latter. Anyway, I have tons of great pictures and also some AVI files of songs, and alarm sounds and also of the females laying eggs. I’m going to hold onto this little piece of bush for a while to see if the eggs hatch. You never know, by me doing this we may experience an emergence of these cicadas up here in Massachusetts in 17 years!! Also, I am also sorry to report that approximately 1 out of every 10 Magicicada Septendecim that I looked at seemed to be infected with the fungal parasite Massospora cicadina. Most were alive but I suspect it wouldn’t be for long. The actual places I went to to see, listen and collect cicada’s is Route 9 in Hedgesville which is Exit 16W off of I81 south and also Spring Mill Road which is route 901 I forget the Exit number off of I81 but it is the second exit in WV after you cross the Maryland Border. – Gerry, Northern Massachusetts



Cicada`s

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Their here in our part`s of OHIO ,,, We`re 18 miles east of Richmond Indiana ,,,, And these screaminnnn Cicada`s are all over here! ,,, My yard is FULL in the Tree`s ,,, Bush`s ,,,, fly`in all around!!!!
When drive`in on these back Country Roads ,,, In the Woods You can hear em
and VERY THINK in sum parts! – Jas, Lewisburg Ohio



Lots of Them, AND a Bonus

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: Since posting my other message, I’ve gotten to see lots of activity and taken tons of pictures. One thing I didn’t figure on was the “buffet factor” – many different kinds of birds chowing down on the flying feast, from bluebirds to starlings. Nicest surprise was a flock of cedar waxwings (never saw this kind of bird at my house before). They set up shop at one of the cicada hot spots in the yard, and gorged themselves for a couple of days. One pair liked it so much, they moved in. I spotted them building a nest in a tree just ten feet from the front window. This has been a great experience! – vbert, Kintnersville (Upper Bucks County), PA



cicada sightings

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: I have yet to see or hear any in my neighborhood, but this morning coming through the parking lot where I work in Plainsboro, one came flying up and landed on me. I was surprised at how much smaller they are than the yearly cicadas, and the coloring with the red eyes is really something. I have been watching through my office window and see quite a few of them flying about. – Jennifer Teets, Roebling NJ



Have seen them in northern surburb of Philadelphia

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: Last Tuesday I saw hundred of them in the state park of Lake Nockamixon, about an hour drive to the north from Philadelphia. It was at the marina in the northern part of the lake. They were everywhere in the wooded area and were very noisy. – Tonny, Philadelphia, PA



Reply to “West Michigan Cicadas?”

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: To Freddy of Grand Rapids MI, I was just out visiting my parents in Muskegon (on Lake Michigan) and they have found a couple dozen cicada shells in their 10 acre oak forest. Growing up there, I remember we could hear them every few years… but NOT the sound of a UFO! You could actually hear the individuals calling to each other. So they are there, but you really have to look for them. – Kathleen, Ann Arbor, MI



Cicadas in Long Island

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: Hello all
We are up to a balmy 67 degrees today. It has been a cool spring so far. THe emrgence here has probably been delayed. Supposedly the heaviest numbers should be in Ronkonkoma. A few days ago, I was there and heard nothing. Then it rained and went down into the 50’s. If any one spots any cicadas in Long Island, please post here. Thanks! – Elias, Long Island NY



A few show up on S.I.

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: On Staten Island, our big emergence is from Brood II, which last occurred in 1996. Brood X has generally been represented in the past by only a few individuals. On June 3, my co-worker Ray had 3 decim and 1 cassini singing in the woods in Blue Heron Park. That will probably be about it for us. Can’t wait until 2013! – Ed Johnson, Staten Island, NY



NOTHING

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: I HAVE BEEN AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF CICADAS BUT THERE HAS BEEN NOTHING. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE PLANNING A TRIP IN 2 WEEKS TO GATLINBURG, TN AND I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO SEE ANY BUGS THERE. HAS ANYONE SEEN ANY AROUND WHERE I LIVE OR IN GATLINBURG? – D.B, WHITE HOUSE, TENNESSEE



Cicada sighting

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: Try going to Anarundel Mills Mall. Across the street from the mall at one of the hotels, they were swarming everywhere 2 weeks ago. They were very noisy too. There were tons and tons of them. – DT, Washington, D.C.



Still waiting…..

Date: Monday, Jun/7/2004

Message: Still no sign of cicadas here in Northwestern Indiana. Either it’s been too cold, or they have been killed off. If and when they do show up, I will post it on this site. – Dan, Valparaiso IN



Cicada`s

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Their here in our part`s of OHIO ,,, We`re 18 miles east of Richmond Indiana ,,,, And these screaminnnn Cicada`s are all over here! ,,, My yard is FULL in the Tree`s ,,, Bush`s ,,,, fly`in all around!!!!
When drive`in on these back Country Roads ,,, In the Woods You can hear em
and VERY THINK in sum parts! – Jas, Lewisburg Ohio



Where are they?

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: I am director of a day camp in Hatboro and we were hoping to spend a whole week talking about and observing cicadas. I have seen NONE in the area – just north of Philly in Montgomery county. Anybody close by seen any besides in Jenkintown???? PLEASE tell me they will come!!!! – JoAnne, Glenside PA



cicada noise near towson

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Ryan, try Lutherville. Lotsa big old trees. You shoulda been there last week, but there’s still some around. – greg, towson



drooping branches

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Ann, yes that’s the cicadas. They slit the tree branches near the end and deposit their eggs. This causes the rest of the branch to die. Since it’s near the end of the branches it doesn’t harm mature trees in the long term any more than pruning does, but it does look like some kinda disease. The eggs would be in the underside of the branch just before the droop. I think they drop to the ground in a couple months. – greg, towson



Canton Michigan

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Hello,
I am going to Canton Michigan and i was wonderfing if there are Cicadas there?
Thanks – Renee, North Carolina



cicada sighting

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: if anybody is looking for cicadas in the berks county area, i heard that there are some up at Nolde Park in Kenhorst on the watershed trail. im going to go up there this week on a nice sunny day and look for them myself. – stephanie, Reading, PA



cicadas

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: they’re not where i live yet but i went up to Alexandria for a soccer game and they were there… not a lot but they were there. Just a warning to you guys… they stink (as in smell). – Lyndsay, Virginia



Emergence in Ann Arbor

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: I have been waiting for brood X with baited breath, wondering if one of those little blips in the Michigan area would be a big emergence. It was. I was in Ann Arbor today and everything in Marshall Park was covered with them. (Corner of Plymouth and Dixboro rds.) If you are in the area, do yourself a favor and check them out. I heard that they are also along the Huron River in Superior township. – Brett, Ann Arbor, MI



Scared Sister Will be OK lol

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Looks like I am safe on Staten Island, my friend says im cicada obsessed.. I will say this much, i dont like the bugs but this website sure is fun..

Yuck [AT] cicada pizza – Lisa , Staten Island NY



Today’s Golf and Cicadas in southern IN

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: I don’t usually follow golf, but watched today’s coverage of the PGA event on CBS because the cicadas could be heard in the background. Loud! Heard both Decim and Cassini.

Am headed to Indiana in a few days for the purpose of hearing the cicadas, so someone please warn me in the event they’ve stopped singing there. I’ll be on 64 between the IL border and 37, and north and south within the national forest.
– Eric, Eastern MO



Cicada Hypothermia

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Went back to Green Lane to visit the Brood. It was cold & rainy all weekend and they were just sitting under leaves, barely moving. I was afraid they were going to die if it got much colder. Some were just sitting on the pavement ready to be run over so I started “rescuing” them & letting them crawl on me to warm up. I carried so many cicadas around I thought I was gonna turn into a big cicada myself! I also noticed something else: this was a very quiet state park, and when a car came by, the Cassini chorus would get way louder (causing the Decim to sing louder too.) I wonder if they thought the car engine was ‘competition’! Um, maybe that’s why they are so deafening in places like DC… so they can hear themselves over the traffic! – Laura, Green Lane



Michigan/Ann Arbor Cicadas

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Was just out in Ann Arbor today. There was some loud cicada activity all along Warren Road which runs sort of parellel to M14 just north of it. Most of the Action was Between Dixboro road in the west and some other road I cant remember on the east (where Warren Road dead ends into a big cemetary.) It goes without mentioning along that same stretch of road they are all over plants, trees, signs, mailboxes, etc. – Josh , Detroit



Where Are the Eggs? Why All the Dropped Branchlets?

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Everywhere I walk I see small branchlets that have fallen from trees or drooping on shrubs. I think they are connected with the egg-laying cicadas. But how?

I want to try to see the eggs and perhaps some nymphs hatching. Where should I look? And when? And what do I look for?

I love the cicadas!!! And I mourn their slow passing as their songs are dimming. – Ann, Chevy Chase, MD



Dexter-Ann Arbor cicadas

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Anyone else here do the Dexter-Ann Arbor half-marathon run this morning? Quite a cicada-choral accompaniment there in the middle miles! Sounded like they were north of Huron River Drive west of Maple in several areas. – Jim, Ann Arbor, MI



cicadas around here?

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Last night when I took our dog out I heard this sound, at first I was clueless, later I had my dad hear it, he looked at me curious and said “cicadas??” later a couple popped up on our patio they were 1 1/2 inches (about) clumsy, fat in appearance, but looked like they were still in a “shell” anyway I looked it up and they matched to the description of the okanagan species, is this possible here – brian, emerado, north dakota



It looked like a cicada,

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: I was in Westwood where a bright green bug about the size of a pencil eraser it had red eyes and its wings were translucent, didn’t appear to have a mouth at all.

I’ve seen cicada’s before around my house but this bug looked like a more colorful and smaller version of the regulars.

Could this be a cicada also or did I find a leaf hopper of some sort? – Zara Fabian, Massachusetts



Come Back Cicadas!!!

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: For the last week, it has been rainy & a bit on the chilly side, and it seems to have affected our little friends. I have not seen ANY males, or heard them for that matter, I have spotted a few females in the trees laying eggs or just sitting there very quietly. I have also noticed alot of males are dying off. Are they coming back when the heat returns (they are supposed to be around till the end of June, right?) or has the weather shortened their already short stay with us?? I have a sandwich bag full of cicadas of all species that I am going to pick from & preserve them. I hope they come back, even if it is just for a few more short weeks…… – Staci, Beltsville, MD



loudest area around baltimore county?

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: Hi I am hoping to get a nice loud recording of the cicada chorus ( i know i waited a little too long) somewhere in the towson md area. anyone have any tips for loud areas? are they starting to die down in md?

ryan, MD – ryan, jarrettsville, md



no cidadas yet

Date: Sunday, Jun/6/2004

Message: in dauphin county, hershey, pa, no sightings here yet (june 6, 2004) – kate, hummelstown, pa



cold affecting cicadas

Date: Saturday, Jun/5/2004

Message: It’s been pretty chilly and rainy around here for the last two days and the cicadas were silent. Then today as the clouds started to give way a bit, I heard a few trying to chorus. Funny thing was they sound like an electrical device shorting out — as if all the dampness affected their noisemakers! I’m expecting they’ll be back in full noise tomorrow – Jane, ashburn, va



bluebird eating cicada

Date: Saturday, Jun/5/2004

Message: Saw a bluebird eating a cicada today- (about 2 miles south of Wwashington Crossing State Park). It was not easy for the little bird; kind of like a person eating a live lobster with no utencils. – CW, Pennington, NJ



nearest Cicada site

Date: Saturday, Jun/5/2004

Message: I read the message that Cicada have been sighted in Punxsutawny, PA. which is probably a 4 to 5 hour drive from us. We would like to find the nearest locale so we can view them next weekend or later in June.

Yesterday I called several state parks in PA, and a professor at UCONN recommended this site. I am grateful for his input, and any other. Thank you for the detailed directions.

State College would be even closer than Punxsatawny but when I called the nearby Bald Eagle State park, the person who answered the phone had not heard Cicadas. He suggested I contact the naturalist there.

I did find out that Cicadas are abundant in Gifford Pinchot State Park, PA which is a little south of Harrisburg. The person I spoke with expected them to be abundant at least until the end of June. She also said they are very noisy when it is sunny but real quiet when it is rainy.

I thank anyone for any information. – Janet, near Buffalo, New York



Light-eyed cicada!

Date: Saturday, Jun/5/2004

Message: I found this cicada on a tree off a bike path in Arlington (Lyon Village). Almost yellow eyes! http://www.geocities.com/eeriedoc/cicada/20040605_light-eyes.jpg – Phil Yabut, Arlington, Virginia



Cicadas on a golf course in China

Date: Saturday, Jun/5/2004

Message: I played golf at Zhongshan, the first golf course built in China, yesterday.

I saw and heard a lot of cicadas at holes 1,2 and 3 of the Arnold Palmer Course.
– Paul Tsang, Hong Kong



why

Date: Saturday, Jun/5/2004

Message:
hi, i want to know why does cicadas shed there skin every certain time

thanks
– Jose, beirut



still nothing and happy about it

Date: Saturday, Jun/5/2004

Message: Still waiting for the invasion. We live in a very wooded area with lots of birds and other small animals. Could this be part of the reason for no sightings? How long before its safe to say they wont be here? Even the dog is not digging anymore so are they dying in the ground? Seems strange they are in Haverford which is so close by. – D.C., Devon, Pa.



To Fred in Alexandria and anyone else being invaded by the Cassini

Date: Saturday, Jun/5/2004

Message: I’m so glad someone else finally noticed the cassini and their synchronized chorus. I think they are amazing and they are my favorite Magicicada species by far. If anyone else has the cassini cicadas out in force in their area, they should take the opportunity to watch them in the upper and outer branches of the trees while they are in chorus. The best time to do that is mid afternoon. Later, Nick – Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



None here…

Date: Saturday, Jun/5/2004

Message: Haven’t seen one yet, just a few big dobsonflies. Anybody know if west Michigan gets a cicada hatch? – Freddy, Grand Rapids MI



Cicadas still with us!

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: The cicadas started coming up from the ground up here probably about 2-1/2 weeks ago…fascinating to watch them emerge from their casings. They seem to be in very discrete locations here, you can tell when you’re driving by the sound of them where they are. We are lucky enough to live on about 10 acres with a lot of old, undisturbed trees, and they are out in force here. I’ll be sad when they’re gone. What a miracle of nature! – Patty E. , Holland Township, NJ



No Bugs

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: I live in Northern Indiana and we have had no cicadas outbreak in our neighborhood at least – Buzz, Elkhart IN



Lasting

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: How long do cicada’s last? – Susan, Ohio



New cicada pics!

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: I have posted more cicada pics from Bloomington, Indiana:

http://www.myjanee.com/photoalbum/broodx.htm

What an amazing phenomenon!

They are actually quite sweet, as some other visitors attest. They seem to like people, like to crawl on us, and like to be stroked on their upper back, just above their wings. – Janee, Bloomington, Indiana, USA



Here in force

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: I live in the 13th story penthouse of my building. I come home for lunch, stand on my balcony and look downwards to our tree-covered landscape. I see countless thousands flying back and forth. The have layed eggs in the branches of my fake trees on the balcony, most of their smaller branches have been slit on their undersides by the females. One of my fake trees experienced a Cassini gathering, wherein the males (about 30 or so) were all taking off to another branch, singing one song, then taking off for a short 6 inch flight to another branch and singing a single song, ALL IN SYNCHRONIZATION! These insects are NOT thoughtless robots like some people insist; I see a sort of joy in their actions! I have also become expert at picking off english sparrows around here with my hunting slingshot. These unwanted pests have devastated some cicada populations, making them fair game! I don’t bother native birds, although I hate to see one take a cicada! I narrowly missed catching an alert blue-eyed Cassini on a smaller tree on Edsall Road. He also had a blue vein on each wing, and what appeared to be blue spots on his legs. Not really a true blue, but a very pale bluish white. If I can catch one, I’ll photograph it. In 1987 I caught some cicadas and mounted them in glass cases. This time I haven’t harmed a single insect.
It is now June 4th, and overcast and cool. The regular Septendicum are silent, but I am hearing some Cassini & Decula across the street. Some of our forest trees are now showing ‘flagging’. I hope this doesn’t mean the fun is over. We started seeing them around the thirteenth of May.
Please keep up this wonderful site! I have been with it since its conception!
Fred – Fred Berry, Alexandria VA.



CIcadas in Long Island

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: Hello All

Ajay – I wish I read your post yesterday. I read that same Newsweek article and took a drive to Ronkonkoma and East Setaucket this morning. Looked all around by ny forested area I could find. Not a peep! No skins found either. I will stay tuned for the mid June invasion. In 1987 – I missed them because I went in early July so I will stay tuned! Anyone with infromation on Long Island townships with true emergences – please post here – Elias, Long Island NewYork



THE MARTIANS HAVE LANDED

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: yesterday I thought I was lucky, I got an upclose and personal look at one on a pole. But today, it’s like there’s a thousand UFO’s hovering in the sky! wow. – Jen, Princeton, NJ



GONE!!!

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: Oh, God, can it be true? They’re all gone! This morning and up till now – 1PM – there is no sight, no sound of them! Are they really gone? Did they all die last night? Did the cold night kill them all? They can’t be asleep, can they? – Elena, Fairfax, VA



damn

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: i am angry
i want a pefrect swarm
this sucks – Dan Bissell, jounalism new providence



PGA Golf Cicadas

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: The cicadas have invaded the Memorial Tournament in Dublin Ohio this weekend, and you can hear (and maybe see) them on TV. ESPN on Friday 6/4 at 4pm EDT, CBS on Sat 6/5 at 3pm, and CBS on Sun 6/6 at 2pm. One of the bugs landed on Tiger Wood’s nose yesterday while he was putting, and on another golfer’s shoulders while he was putting too. The commentators mention them now and then, and you can hear the buzz in the background. I’m going to check it out in person this weekend !! – Greg, Findlay, Ohio



ZOOOOOOMMMMMM!

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: Love the guy building airplanes out of them…….finally, a purpose for the gross out, fat, sloppy, monsters. – Jane, wilmington, de



Enfin! Les cigales sont voisines !

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: I have been waiting with mounting anticipation for the cicada’s emergence here.
Disappointed and thinking that none would emerge in this area because of all the new construction, I had almost given up hope. Today I rode my bike 3 miles north of New Hope along the towpath, between here and Center Bridge. The cicadas song excited me and I started looking. I found four adults before I had to turn back to go to work. I will return tomorrow to marvel at the magic of the cicadas! Enfin! – Cicada Sara, New Hope, PA



Things I have learned about cicadas

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: I have been surprised by a few things….

– I expected our city to be completely covered with cicadas, but they are very localized. You can walk 5 blocks and move from heavy infestation to zero.

– Cicadas are more active in heat and quiet and less active in cool weather.

– There are several different sounds that can be heard from individual species. They can sound like a bird chirping!

– They are smelly when they die.

– Cicadas can affect a golf game (did anyone watch the tournament in Ohio yesterday?)

– most children have a natural curiousity and very little fear… but many/most adults are afraid of the size and movement and sound of cicadas.

Anyone want to add anything? – Holly, Indianapolis, In



They Are Here!

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: We have been seeing these unique creatures for at least two weeks now. More are showing up daily. – Desiree, Fayetteville, TN



They are here

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: The Cicadas are here in Monmouth Jct, NJ about 5 miles northeast of Princeton. I love watching the birds dive bomb to eat them in mid air! – Golfman, Monmouth Junction, NJ



Performing Outdoors with cicadas

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: To the actor from New Jersey-

we postponed the opening of an outdoor Shakespeare production in Maryland because of the invasion- we’re now reahearsing outdoors to open in a week, the great news is that by 8:00 PM, they get real quiet and stop flying around. As long as you’re doing a show in the evening- you’ll be fine! – Ian, Ellicott City, MD



To Priscilla from Smithville

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: Hi, I posted to you previously…we would definately love to see the casings you brought back from Princeton..my students are beginning to think I’m imagining these buggers. I’m disappointed that we didn’t get any here! We are in school until the 16th of June…hope to hear from you! Kim – kim, Smithville, NJ



The Cicadas scared my pet

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: Just a few days ago I was taking my pet wombat(a good friend of Punxsutawney Phil) for a walk in a nearby park when the sound of the cicadas became quite deafening. My poor wooly wombat Willy became very frightened. The only way I could calm him down was to hum the theme song from Leave it to Beaver( his favorite show). Hope these things leave soon! – Clive Carbunkle, Punxsutawney, PA



WHen ??????

Date: Friday, Jun/4/2004

Message: When can I expect them to be around MI and how do I scout for the nearest forest where I can find sheds. Is there a particular tree or something they like? Please help I dont wanna miss the show. – Rob, Jackson , MI



Still no sightings

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: I havent seen any cicadas yet.Have been as far as Princeton KY and none spotted yet. In a way I am glad but I would like to see a few before the next cycle emerges. – Adrienne, Hopkinsville, KY



Investigation on Long island

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Update on LI Cicada Hunt: Today I investigated an area in Port Jefferson Station where I had been told that cicadas were present in 1987. I found several hundred acres of old-growth oak trees, and a few possible holes in the ground. (I don’t know how long the holes appear before emergence) One longtime resident told me that his wife had stated that this was going to be the year for cicadas in their nearby backyard. A second resident described seeing cicadas flying around in 1970, two cycles ago. The weather here has been quite chilly (and will be so miserable this weekend I postponed a trip to Princeton) and unpromising but I remain optimistic, and will conduct an immediate investigation as soon as hot weather arrives. – AJay, Suffolk Co. Long Island



Fascinating

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: ::shudders:: I cant belive I let one crawl
up my arm. They were noisey and all over
the Place Here in VA. I wonder
how old I will be for when they
ome out again in 2025??? – Betsie Beadling, Fairfax, Virginia USA



no cicadas here either

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Like Greg in Brunswick I am wondering where are the cicadas just over the river here in Lovettsville? – Christy, Lovettsville, VA



concert in Indiana

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Was planning to go to a Rush concert tomorrow outside of Indianapolis…suspect cicadas will affect my enjoying the show…and word on similar occurences? – Vicki, Columbus, Oh



Black colour is definitely kind of protection

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Thanks, Joe from Vienna – you have confirmed my guess. I generally wear black – and I was spared so far, not a single cicada landed on me. There are several guys in my office with whom I regularly go outside for smoke breaks. I am seeing those buggers bumping into my smoking buddies every minute. They seem particularly like WHITE and RED. So – if you are as disgusted of them as I am – wear black colour. It is not 100% safe, of course, but it’s less attractive to the enemy. – Elena, Fairfax Villa, Fairfax VA



Not here, thank GOD!

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Ok, so I’m in a “holding” pattern waiting for these things to come already. So far, so good..none to be seen. Sorry folks: I am a city gal, and bugs are evil as far as I’m concerned. Small bugs are ok I guess. I was living in Baltimore the last time they came (1987), and boy was I hating life. I cringed after reading the post about Jenkintown…that’s like 15 minutes from me…nooooo! I’m hoping against hope that they won’t show up. I just don’t have the physical strength to be ducking and dodging cicadas all dang day long (I am a dialysis patient with so-so health).

Crossing fingers and praying for a miracle! LOL! – LadySycamore, NE Philadelphia



Still none Near Philly?

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Live in the burbs near Philadelphia, still no sign of any cicada’s. I work in Princeton where there are billions but nothing here. The noise is out of this world. Very active in Princeton, flying around, noisy, and happy. They seem to be very localized, . A few patches here and there near New Hope,PA. As I head home from princeton I’m starting to here more and more closer to Philly so we’ll see. I’m starting to lose hope for an appearance in my area, they are starting to die in Princeton. – Tim, Abington,PA



Cicada location in Princeton and feelings about the buggers

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message:
When the cicada’s first emerged, they were all at another part of the campus in Princeton and I was BRAVE, seeking them out, until the first one dive bombed into my neck. Now a week later, I don’t want any harm done to them, but I sure would like them to go away. At this point, all my co-workers have new routes to pick up mail, get lunch, and all the other things we did without fear of these little bugs (irrational fear, I know! but it’s not fun having them dive and splat all over the place). Anyway, if you really want to see them (millions I’d say), go to Princeton, to Alexander and College Road. You’ll hear them and know they have arrived!!!! Enjoy *s* – Lori, Princeton, New Jersey



We went to Princeton…

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: I homeschool my children; we took a field trip today to Princeton. We’d read about the cicadas, and seen pictures, but there’s nothing like experiencing it yourself!

I got a good picture of a cicada with its wings outstretched…I hadn’t seen a picture like that before.

One cicada hitched a ride on the windshield wiper of our van…we probably made it about 40 miles or so before it lost its grip. So, if 17 years from now there’s an unexpected emergence around Route 195 in Jackson, NJ, we’ll know why! – Rhoda, Toms River, NJ



Not a single Cicada in site!

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Not a single bug or any noise in the Brunwsick, MD area (in Frederick County). I am begaining to wonder if we’ll have them at all. I am near /along the Potomac river so I would have thought they would be here by now. Anyone know if they are just “sleeping in” ? :-D

– Greg, Brunswick, MD



what is that?

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: why does white stuff come out of the cicadas body when they mate? – jensen, ohio



Scared of them

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: if you are scared of cicadas i think that they dont like black clothes.ive watched at my school and they dont go on people with black clothes.write back if you have any thoughts about it. – joe, Vienna VA



Will they be here?

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Does anyone know if they will be hitting Central PA, around State College? If so, when?

– Tom, Central PA



Cicada locations in MD

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: I heard them in Hagerstown during Sprint Car races last Sat night, but not in Deep Creek Lake area (1&1/2 hrs West) on Sun & Mon?
Dick – Dick Bolt, Bowie MD



Cicada airplane with two cicada engines

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: I just built two balsa model planes using cicadas as engines. They printed the story with photos in todays Bowie Blade.
During early engine testing, I found out the males fly upward & the females land down ward. I think 2 out of 11 females did go up.
Planes are 2$ each at hobby store.
Super glue is slow to dry & results in less fingers being used for a few hours!
% minutes in freezer kills them. 15 Minutes in a refrig makes them act like dead, but they come back to life in few minutes. Its for easier gluing.
They were mostly removed from my fruit trees where the females are killing the
tips of my nut & fruit tree branches.

For results, tune in at 10!
Dick, NASA Engineer in MD – Dick Bolt, Bowie MD



Missin hind quarters possible answer

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: A possible answer is a fungal disease. If you go on to University of Michigan cicada site in the links it has listing of diseases and deformities. It states that Magicicada are subject to infection by the specialized fungal parasite Massospora cicadina Peck. Cicadas infected early in the emergence develop asexual spores, which become evident as the rear of the infected individual’s abdomen breaks off, exposing a white, chalky mass of spores. This infection sterilizes the cicada but does not kill it immediately. These spores spread among the population, infecting other cicadas who will develop a secondary infection and whose abdomens will later break open, releasing sexual resting spores to infect the next generation of cicadas. This site is very good it has a lot of wonderful information about periodic cicadas. I hope this helps.

– Heidi Hubbell, Arlington, VA



washington crossing

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: I was there just last weekend and there was no sign of them so don’t count on seeing them there. – joe, nj



Just go to Princeton already!

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: If you live in Jersey or New York, just go to Princeton within the next 14 days. This weekend is prime! – Dan, Cicada Mania Headquarters



performing with cicadas in Washington’s crossing?

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Is anyone out there from the Washington’s Crossing State Park area? Did our little friends invade the Park in a big way 17 years ago?We’re about to open in a show in the Park’s open air theatre, and we’re wondering how much we’ll be sharing the stage with them! There were no signs of them last week, but who knows? Any recollections would be very much appreciated! An actor prepares! – JQ, NJ



Where Will They Be?

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Am I too late to catch an emergence with my son? Where will they be on June 5/6th? on June 12/13th?

Are they still emerging in Princeton?

Thanks! – Paul Rader, Canton, NY



Alive & missing hind ends….????

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: To Shirley in Silver Spring…I have noticed several cicadas alive & flying around but missing their backs as well, they have all been males..Anyone know why this happens?? Bird attack?? – Staci, Beltsville, MD



cool weather and cicadas

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Seems like with the weather affects cicada sound and movement–we’ve had cool days here for a week, and they’re much calmed down. Disappointing, cause I thought they’d be here much longer.

But thanks to this list, I find cool weather does have an affect on them, as so amny are reporting it. Great! We’re extremely heavily infested, and though the smell in some areas is picking up, that’s OK, it’s part of the process.

Behnke’s Nursery here told me they wouldn’t hit the crepe myrtles–WRONG!!! Branches are dropping like flies!

This is a wonderful event-I am eagerly awaiting any brood we have coming next, though I regret having to wait 17 years for the next Brood X.

Merry – Merry, Chevy Chase (Rock Creek Forest area), MD



Have arrived here!!

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: After visiting Princeton for lunch everyday, I was wondering if we would see them around here. We are only 5 miles from Princeton. The started emerging 2 days ago and are now in full swing. I love it !!! it’s starting to ebb in Princeton and starting here. I wonder if I will see an emergence in my home town of Keyport? – Ed Hawley, Monmouth Junction



NOT A SIGHTING: NEED YOUR HELP!

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: This is the gyst of what I TRIED to say before I hit the wrong key(s): WHERE are they emerging so my son and I can see them on the weekend of June 5/6? June 12/13th?

Thank you.
– Paul Rader, Upstate New York



17 year cicadas at Haverford College June 1

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message:
Walked by Haverford College and saw
red eyed cicadas on side walk and
heard loud squealling sound like
a fan motor with a bad bearing.
But it was coming from all directions.
and for miles. High pitch steady
not quite as high pitch as Hor Osc
of TV set [16KC]. – Jeff Justin, Philadelphia Pa



still nothing

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: Still seeing holes in the ground but no cicadas.We have had tons of rain and was wondering if that was the reason. If they don’t appear soon does that mean they arent coming at all? It’s amazing they are so close by and we haven’t seen any, yet. – D.C., Devon, Pa.



NOT A SIGHTING: NEED YOUR HELP!

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: I am the hope-I’m -not-too-late father of a 14-year old who still thinks bugs are cool. – Paul Rader, Upstate New York



Noise level

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: I had a speaker in my classroom last week Friday. He had a decebel meter because he was giving a talk about sound to my students. With my windows open, it was 60 decebels from the cicadas. – Shirley Jefffods, Silver Spring, MD



theyre everywhere

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: We have them all over. they are covering the trees, they’re everywhere. if you want to see them come to dayton theyre everywhere! – Tim, Dayton, OH(miamisburg)



To Chelsea in Ellicott City…..Got Wings?

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: To Chelsea in Ellicott City, MD….can you save me some well preserved cicada wings that you find lying about. This board will not allow me to post my email address so we’ll have to figure out some way to hook up…for now, I just want to know that someone is saving some wings for me…maybe 5 or 6…their wings are so beautiful. Thanks ever so much! – Debbie, Seattle



Don’t Give Up on Long Island

Date: Thursday, Jun/3/2004

Message: I investigated a false report published in NY Newsday about cicadas in Setauket. I went to the precise streets mentioned: No shed skins, no holes in a nearby park, not a single chirp. HOWEVER I was told today by a fellow in a nearby Circuit City that there was a massive and deafening invasion in Port Jefferson Station a long while back. His wife INSISTED it was the year before his 16 year old son was born. That means 1987. (Wanted to be sure it was not brood XIV) He told me that they did not appear until MID JUNE and stayed beyond July 4. Will carefully investigate the location tomorrow. Hoping to have a tasty cicada pizza and some nice video is a couple of weeks! I hope my informer was correct! Meanwhile I am jealous of my friend from the Travel Channel who lives in Silver Spring, MD. They invading his house, yard and even his office bathroom) – AJay, Suffolk Co Long Island



Nationalistic Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: I just returned from my weekend vacation to D.C. for memorial day, and I did not march alone in the parade. Everywhere I went, there were these monster size bugs flying off people, leaves, and cars. Being a city girl, a little house fly can creep me out. Good luck to all those who actually live in the heavily populated cicada areas. – Mikai, Brooklyn, NY



For you folks near Philly: Green Lane is the place!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: For you guys in Philly, Jenkintown, other parts of Montgo county PA: If you want to see some cicadas, get a map of Western Montgo County. Go up Rt 29 toward Green Lane Park. (Formerly called “Upper Perkiomen Park”.) Turn L. on “Deep Creek Rd.” There is a parking lot on the Left and a big lake a bit farther up on the Rt. As you approach this area the rattle-buzz of the Cassini species (the ‘weed-whackers’) will be unmistakable. Once you get out of your car you can hear the Septendicim (the “UFO’s”) singing as well. At least, that is what I heard on 5/22. (I will warn you I saw a LOT of dead ones clustered around a few trees. PA must not be as healthy for them as VA and MD.) I took a ride up the Perkiomen Bike Trail, and as soon as I passed Spring Mountain I began to hear them. Not in the quantity that Arlington VA has them, but certain groves were rockin’ and I could also hear individual calls. If I were you I wouldn’t delay. I’m going back this weekend–hope the Brood is still hanging in there! (I hear they are also plentiful near the Haverford train station on the Main Line. Haven’t gone there.) – Laura, Oaks PA



They’re All Over Princeton, NJ

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: I work in Princeton, NJ and they are all over the place. We go walking at lunch and the noise from these bugs is so loud, it gives me a headache after about 10 minutes. My sister in CT came here for the weekend and I took her to Princeton so she could see them. Yet, as soon as you leave Princeton, there’s none. Pretty neat. – Victoria, Hamilton Square, NJ



We are moving in 15 years!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: I am sick of this. Since the invasion, we sweep our back porch EVERY day. We are now using the snow shovel to heave them into the mulch pile. Boy do they stink! I now have to mow the lawn with shoes since the mower doesn’t move them, and when I’m done the lawn flutters with their wings. And what is up with their attraction to our Blue recycle bin and my blue tarp they are swarmed all over it? I have advised my better 1/2 that we will move before they return… – Ross Clemens, Silver Spring, MD



I have now seen 2 species in my brood X emergence

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: I have now seen two species: M. cassini as well as M septendecim here at my property. I am still looking for the third species. I have pictures at

http://www.batw.com/CicadaID.html

The pictures I have of the cassini are all females because the cassini males
keep getting away but I plan to catch one tomorrow. – Bonnie Dalzell, Hydes Maryland, north of Baltimore City



wonderful occassion

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: I think it’s wonderful that so many people are communicating with each other! The cicadas bring out the good in us! – ilona, grove city



No Cicadas Sightings on Long Island

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: It has been raining here, still haven’t seen yet a one. Have given up and have taken the netting off my small shrubs. – Kathy, Long Island, New York



Found A Nymph Skin!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: I’ve been searching on a daily basis around my home and in some woods nearby for signs of cicadas. I finally found a nymph skin in the woods today. I am about 15 minutes from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I hope more are to come! I lived in Springfield, Virginia the last time they were around and it was a spectacular sight and sound. Hoping to see it all again in Michigan this time! – Lindsey, Canton, Michigan



They’re everywhere!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: If you wanna see a lot of Cicada’s come to good ol’ Indiana University, I guess human’s aren’t the only one’s who know that IU is known for parties, the trees here are a magnet for the lil buggers. When walking through campus more often than not you will see girls screaming and running in zigzags or guys trying to “deke” them out. It’s actually really funny, however it’s starting to become a pain because whenever you walk there’s a distinctive crunch sound that follows you around. Not to mention the noise that cannot be completely drowned out by loud music. Oh well, I’m thinking there’s only going to be a couple of weeks left b4 they start to die off! – Amos, Bloomington, IN



Blue eyed Cicada

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: My husband has found a blue eyed cicada. Who is requesting them for research?

Thanks Cindy – Cindy, Oella, MD



Splat

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: Cicada’s are really nasty when they splatter all over your windshield. – Miranda, Tennessee



Now we’re seein ‘em

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: In Hagerstown they are not too plentiful, I have seen some on the wing but I have not heard any large gatherings. However cicadas are very plentiful on the mountains to the East & west of here, as well as on the
Potomac river. BTW for those of you who fish, they will make great bait. I am going to preseve some by freezing and we’ll see how it works come late July or August…
– Greg M., Hagerstown, Wash. Co. MD



Cicada Love

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: I really enjoy reading everyone’s messages! I have a suggestion: why don’t we change things around? Why can’t we have cicadas every year and mosquitos & ticks once every 17! LOL!!! Now since someone else mentioned he watched a Cicada Mama laying eggs, let me describe a tender moment. I saw a male & female positioned face-to-face. He seemed to be holding hands with her & stroking her w/his orange front legs. Maybe he was crooning some sweet nothings? Then I went back to look a bit later and they were positioned end-to-end. Aww, how Romantic! – Laura, Oaks PA



Close up in Va.

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: Last week, went to races in Charlotte NC. On the way down, in the Eastern panhandle of WV (Martinsburg WV/Winchester VA area) they are out by the millions. From Edinburg southward I saw & heard no evidence, and in NC I only saw one- a male -decim. Brood X apparrently is not active in the central/upper Shenendoah valley. Today I went to Clearbrook VA (WV/VA border) and spent some time in several places where they were gathered by the millions. I observed their behavior close-up. I find it fascinating! In one brushy area, the sound was nearly deafening and one could see them flying in such great numbers it looked like snow. (Cicada-blizzard!) I observed 3 seperate species, identfied on the net as M. Septendecula, -decim and cassini. I can also make out some of the song differences I am spending some extra time with this phenomenon since it is so rare, but God willing I will see it again.
– Greg M ., Clearbrook VA



Nowhere to be seen in Jenkintown Pa.

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: We are just outside Philly in Eastern Montgomery County and I have yet to see any Cicadas

Anyone had any sightings in this area?? – Greg, Jenkintown, Pa.



Finally!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: My husband brought home a friend from work today. Apparently our lil “Brood Xer” found my hubby attractive enough
to land on the back of his neck. The only one we’ve seen so far. So thrilled he stopped by for a visit! – B&L, SP,NJ



To Holly in Indy

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: Thanks for the post on Skiles Test Park. I took my children and my grandmother there this morning (Wednesday), what a wonderful experience. I can’t believe that my oldest will be 23 when they come back. I sure do hope that she remembers this and is as excited the next time they come around. It is truly awesome!!
– Kim, Indy, Indiana



to Lisa Hornel from ny

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: If you want to see them go to wilkes barre pa. I was there and I guess its the closest to you so far. They are in the woods next to a Best Western on route 115. Take route 115 and turn on wildflower ave. When you get to the top off the hill there will be woods to your right. Go threw the woods cross another little road and they are right there. You will here them so just follow the sound. – Ray , NJ



I’m Overwhelmed!!!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: They are definitely here and are starting to wear out their welcome.

I have alot of trees and they are loaded with them. Their dead shells are all over the place.

But I have noticed that everytime it rains, they go away for a while.

– Lisa, District Heights, MD



Woo Cicada Hoo!!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: Thanks To Buzz at CM..we went to Princeton.. Nassau and Vandeventer.. it was awsome! The hover sound was unlike anything we ever heard! The chirps were neat too but the “ufo” hover sound was really something to write home about. My four kids had mixed reactions.. but my oldest daughter had them on her back, her legs.. her hair.. in her shirt.. it was great. We took lots of pictures. Well worth the trip. My twins.. Emily and Maria call them tickle bugs : ).. My lil man Anthony just kept saying Bug.. Bug! Mom & Dad had a swell time watching thier reactions and experiencing another one of Nature’s great awes! YaY Brood X! – The Steitz Family (Nicole & Company), Westfield NJ



The Howard County Swarm

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: I grew up in College Park and was there in 1987, but I think there are more in the Ellicott City/Columbia area. Mowing my lawn has become fun, dodging them as they come at me. I have loads of dead ones (and the smell too), but there are just as many if not more flying about. My backyard will seem kind of boring when their gone. I can watch them for hours because they have no sense of direction. But, they are getting better using those wings. – John, Ellicott City, MD



Cicadas attempting to leave Baltimore!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: After suffering withering losses on the killing fields of the 695 Beltway, it appears that the cicadas have begun to defect via BWI. Massing on and around the parking garage, a few can be seen inside the terminal. One was spotted on the shoulder of a gentleman about to leave for South America. Alert security prevented this from happening. Homeland Security has upgraded the alert to “Red Eyes”. – Mike, Lititz PA



cicada behavior

Date: Wednesday, Jun/2/2004

Message: Shirley: They definitely make less noise when it’s cloudy and cool. When the sun comes and it gets hot they will resume raising hell. – greg, towson, md



None in Philly region = predation or delayed emergence?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: I took a trip up to Lake Nockamixon today to see and hear the cicadas. They were out in full force near the boat rental parking lot on the north side of the lake. I’m still puzzled that they haven’t been seen closer to the Philly suburbs and wonder if they a) have been overcome by urbanization and the remaining few eliminated by predation 17 years ago, or b) some climatological event has occurred to make them wait another 1-4 years before emerging. If so, would we have a new brood on our hands, specific to the Philly area??? – Mike, Chalfont, PA



Milky White on my wall

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: There it was, a perfect description of the Brood X phenomenon. One inch, milky white and stuck to the side of my row house. The transforming cicada. Who would have thought that these guys life cycle could survive in an urban atmosphere. I only seen one. We have a large tree and a few bushes in front of the house. I will asume he survived off one of those. To think three life cycles ago our houses weren’t here. I wondner if there are more to come there sure are alot of holes in my yard. – Johnny Johnson, Philadelphia/Mayfair



Do they sing only when it is warm?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: We had colder weather (60’s and 70’s) this passed weekend and there was little or no singing at times. Do they sing less if it is cold? My students and I noticed some cicadas with their back portion missing but they were still alive and moving. What happened to them? – Shirley Jeffords, Silver Spring, MD



Scared Sisters

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: Can anyone tell us where we can get up to date info as to when the Cicadas are supposed to arrive in our areas.. Im on Staten Island and my sister is in East Stroudsburg PA. We are both freaking out at the thought of these meaty little buggers landing on us or in our hair! Yes we are 31 and 37 respectively.. lol…

Any advice. – Lisa & Diana, Staten Island NY & East Stroudsburgh PA



Friendly cicadas…

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: There are a lot of cicadas in this area; the poor things litter the sidewalks and roads. There are a lot of places where the ground is littered with wings only, their bodies long gone… quite weird.
Saw a deformed cicada today, with three wings… unfortunately, my hands were full, or I would have taken it home to photograph!
Anyway, there are still plenty of living cicadas; sometimes I find them lying on their backs and flailing their legs, so I pick them up and right them. Often they will cling to my finger for a good period of time, or will crawl about… They really seem very sweet, somehow, despite their limited intelligence. They’re quite possibly the friendliest bugs I’ve met, and I’ve grown quite attached to a few despite myself. I let them all go free, of course, but it’s nice to hold them for a little while. There’ve been plenty of run-ins with cicadas. I’m very glad they’re here. – Chelsea A., Ellicott City, MD



To Bob in Baltimore

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: Take a good picture with a good camera. The eye color will disappear when the cicada dies, no matter how you preserve it. – Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



Cicadas are Princeton’s school colors :)

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: Laurel, that’s interesting…I don’t remember them singing at night in 1987…I thought they all went silent…they just want to sing you to sleep ;)…..My friend is back from NJ and said they were all over Princeton, who’s school colors were black and orange. Since the cicadas are black and orange, they were used in a school reunion theme :) The other day I saw a news story out there that they are breaking the law in MD…their legal noise limit is 90 decibels and the cicadas come in at 92! Am still looking for a way to get some cicada wings….. – Debbie, Seattle



The Party Has Resumed

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: My Cicada friends in Elkridge, Md have resumed their cherubic chatter after three straight days of sub par weather. Uh oh, I see storm clouds moving in to threaten the fun. – George, Elkridge, Md, USA



Pesky Cicada Critters

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: What is all the excitement about these pesky little bugs. I must take cover when leaving my house. When !! anyone!! will these creatures leave my area? – Sharon S, Indianapolis Indiana



Where are they?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: I know not to expect an answer but I am still hoping that I will get one… I would love for my kids to experience this. BUT where are they? We live near Rochester/Elmira New York… We haven’t seen any? What is the nearest location that they have been spotted, we are willing to travel.

Thanks & I’ll keep looking! – Lisa, Hornell, NY, USA



my beagle and kids love them

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: IT’S WIERD, I DON’Y HEAR THEM UNTIL I GET TO MY HOUSE (5 WOODED ACRES) THEY LOVE SITTING AROUND ON MY HOSTAS. MY BEAGLE THINKS THEY’RE BERRIES OR SOMETHING. MY KIDS LOVE THEM. ME, CREEPY LITTLE THINGS…(THE BUGS). BUT THEY JUST LET YOU PICK THEM UP. MY SON LIKES TO OFFER THEM A BRANCH OFF THE GROUND THEY HOLD RIGHT ON AND HE CARRIES THEM AROUND…I GUESS ALL IN ALL THE NOISE IS THE WORST PART…. – christina, marengo, ohio



New Englanders: Go To Princeton To See Them!

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: Sunday, May 30: From what I could gather from the experts at Uconn, UMich, local officials, this messsage board (Thanks!), and others, the closest place to New England to see Brood X is Princeton University, NJ. All OVER campus – 1000s alive and dead, can’t miss them. Land on pedestrians, cars, sidewalks, etc. Not present just two miles away. – Dave Norris, Princeton, NJ



Good Riddance!

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: I am not quite a prisoner in my house, but I would prefer to stay indoors. I’ve lived through the emergence of the cicadas, pulled the shells off my trees and shrubs (with gloves), and am now trying to cope with them flying around all over. I cut the grass this morning and had to wear a hat and swat at them to keep them off me. We have a lot of them, but from what I can tell, no where near the number that are elsewhere in northern Virginia. I can’t wait for them to disappear as they are ruining the spring and early summer for me. I want to take my grandchildren to the park but too many cicadas are flying around. Does anyone know when they will really be gone??? I don’t mind the noise, just the flying BUGS! – Alice, Vienna, VA



Cicada Calendar

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: Well, this has been the longest three weeks of my life (except for the last brood X attack 17 years ago). I have an extreme fear of cicadas. And, yes, I know it’s irrational. Does anyone know how much longer we have until their numbers start to dwindle? Is their an up-to-the-minute calendar on the Web somewhere that tracks the current progress of this invasion? I read that the emergence was about a week early, so I was hoping that the end was near. Is it?
– Scared to Death, Fairfax, Virginia



Can hear them from the mountains

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: I haven’t seen any in my backyard but if you go up into the mountains of Western NJ in Warren County they are everywhere. Sound is so loud you can hear them from my back yard which is over a mile away. Merril Creek is a great spot to see/hear them for anyone interested. – Jimmy, Warren County NJ



For folks in DC area

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: I have read some messages from people around the DC area like Fairfax, Wheaton, Silver Spring, etc etc who were really grossed out by these nasty things (much like I am). Some people asked where to go to escape them, and I have good news. While I work in Rockville and have to run to and from my car with arms flailing to avoid the nasty buggers, once I travel out 66 past Centerville, they are gone. Have not seen or heard a single Cicada in Manassas. So there you go, that’s where you can move :)
– Make it stop!, Manassas, VA



Cicada infestation wrecks havoc on HVAC

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: According to the building engineers where I work on Eaton Place, a cicada infestation in the HVAC system has shut down our air conditioning today (June 1). They are currently working on the problem. It feels like 90 degrees in my office and it’s only 10 am. Luckily I have a small fan to circulate some air around me, otherwise it would be unbearable. This building was constructed in 1988, one year after the previous Brood X emergence. Maybe these cicadas are mad because their previous habitat was destroyed, and this is their way of getting even. – Mike, Fairfax, VA



well where are they???

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: All the hype said end of May. Well…it’s June and none in sight. What is up with that? – susan miller, somerset county, new hersey



Loads of them here!

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: We were in this town 12 miles south of Baltimore this past Saturday. My car had several plastered on it. We were watching a soccer game and the players kept running into them. They were also landing on the spectators. It was a funny sight! – Dave, Ellicott City, MD



Are Cicadas Blind

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: are Cicadas blind? Some people have been telling me that is why they fly so poorly, but I can’t find anything to prove or disprove this. – Ken, Gaithersburg, MD



Where are they?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: It’s already the beginning of June and I still haven’t seen one little cicada. Any sightings anywhere in Metro Detroit or Livingston County? I really want to see these little guys and I’ll drive to see a large number of them. Please let me know… – Peggy, Plymouth, MI



Invasion of the cicada’ s (while on riding mower)

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: Does anyone find it impossible to mow, particularly with a riding mower. The Cicada’s attack!! We have a mowing service and my 21 year old (former football) player son is finding it impossible to mow the baseball fields because of the invasion of the cicada’s…We’re talking 50 to 60 landing on us and swarming around. Any tips you can offer. I’m sure it’s the noise but what can we do???! – vikki, Covington, Kentucky



Maryvale Castle Events

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: For anyone having a wedding or event, during the day the Cicadas are definitely singing a loud song, but not flying around – (we were scared at our wedding rehearsal which was at 3:30 pm). But, the wedding day (May 30), at 6:00 pm, the Cicadas were quiet! Night time and cooler temperatures really make a difference. Good Luck! – Julie Maguire, Brooklandville, MD



m.cassini

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: where i captured blue/gray eyed individual the m.cassini outnumbered m.septendecim 10 to 1.i have many extra cassini.thanks. – robert gardner, red lion penna



Washington DC

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: We saw thousands of them in Washington DC this past weekend. Gross! – Svante Pettersson, Malmo, Sweden



Cicadas emerging in Michigan

Date: Tuesday, Jun/1/2004

Message: They’re finally coming out in Ann Arbor! The trees around Oak Trail School (that Jim mentioned below) were teeming with them today. Tons of larvae were climbing up the tree trunks with many in the process of climbing out of their skins. The lower leaves were filled with hundreds of adults, just sitting there quietly. The ground was littered with shed skins. But so far no noise. That should come soon when the adults fly up into the trees to sing. Marshall Park off Dixboro Road is another place to find them. There’s not quite as many of them there but they are still abundant on the trail near the parking lot. – Neil Richards, Ann Arbor, Michigan



I had the ride of my life!

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: I was in Maryland over the weekend riding my bike and so many cicadas flew on me and started flapping their little wings that I became like Elliot in the E.T. movie and flew around about 15 scenic miles. It was awesome! I love those little guys. – Joey Shnook, D.C. Metro



blue eyed cicada

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: I found a blue-eyed cicada! It is in my bug box-but it died. – Carly, Cross Junction, VA



Where to find cicadas in Indianapolis

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: I posted a couple of days ago about finding big numbers if cicadas on the east side of Indy, north and south of 56 street just west of 465.

We have also discovered that you can visit these noisy friends in a couple of public places… Skiles Test park and Skiles Test Elementary School. Also, if you drive toward Fort Harrison, you will likely find a few public places to experience the sights and sounds.

We discovered that their singing cooresponds with temperature as well as light. They will not sing if it is chilly, even if it is light. Once it warms up, they are singing, chirping, buzzing and hummmmmming and flying around.

My oldest daughter found one that sounded almost like a chirp when she held it… the next day (in a different place), many of them made a loud buzzing sound when they were touched. I wonder if the chirping one was a different species or one with a malformed buzzer. Has anyone heard one of the big ones make a chirping/blurping sound?

If you want to visit these swarms, be aware that they like to crawl up your legs or land on the tallest object around (which with me and my girls is usually me!). I love these creatures, but I still get creeped out when they come buzzing and flying at me like tiny out of control airplanes.

My personal goal before this is all over is to be able to not scream and duck when one wants to land on me. I’m in awe of my children who (rightfully) have no fear. – Holly, Indianapolis IN



North of the Turnpike, Dinosaur Rock

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: Well, I finally found some cicadas. If you live in Lancaster county in Pennsylvania, go North of the PA Turnpike. Also if you know where Dinosaur rock is, take a trip there, there are tons there. – Josh, Manheim, Pa



cicada sightings

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: i dont have any cicada’s in my area but i just got back from visiting family in baltimore and they are all over the place there. we watched birds flying around haveing a field day catching them and eatting them. one even flew in our moveing car and hit my husband in the cheaek while he was driveing – tabitha, virgina



I Have Heard of them before – Finally saw them!

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: I have been hearing a lot about Cicaddas in the past few months but have never seen them. My mom, brother and I went to Springdale, Maryland to visit my aunt & uncle. The sound was incredible, they were flying (blindly) everywhere, on every tree. I will never forget it. We took some dead ones home with us. I am writing a report for school. – Isabelle Jackson, Blackwood, NJ



Cicada Count: Zero

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: Nothing yet. – Jim, Bridgewater, NJ (Somerset County)



Not here but tons in in southern West Virginia

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: I just returned today from a trip up north. I took 81 South through Maryland and West Virginia into Virginia to 66 East. I could hear and see them in the in the last 10 minutes of West Virginia on into Virginia. I must have hit at least a dozen with my car. I left interstate 81 to head east on interstate 66, and then I exited interstate 66 for a McDonald’s at Front Royal. There were swarms of them in the trees and bushes surrounding the restaurant and gas station. I am originally from upstate New York and have never seen nor heard anything like it! Based on the fact that they kept flying in my face and hair – I hope I don’t see them near where I live – I was happy to get away from them. – Kelly, Richmond, VA



Not a Sound!

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: Not one sound of the pests here in Ballsville. Just waiting for now.Jack Pollio. Virginia – Jack Pollio, Ballsville, Virginia



Kind treatment of Cicadas and egg laying.

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: I am a science teacher in the Maryland/DC area. My 4th and 5th graders have been going outside to study these unusual insects. They are not allow to hurt them. They are allowed to handle them gently. I also work in our after care program so the same rules apply. All the teachers are making sure that the students do not hurt them.

Today I saw several females laying eggs on the tree in my yard. My husband took some great pictures. I should have taken movies but I wanted to watch. After the female inserts the body part (I forgot what it is called)into the branch, she pumps her abdomen up and down. It take about a minute. Hope you all can see it.

Shirley – Shirley Jeffords, Silver Spring, MD



Cincinatti is loaded with Cicadas!

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: My family spent this past weekend in Cincinatti… it seems that the Cicada love the Cincy area. We just heard the Cicada in the masses while driving, but we were almost attacked by the hordes of Cicada at the Cincinatti Zoo. A Zoo worker said it best “This is Ground Zero for Cicada”; I think she was right. Tons of Cicada flying around, landing on people, freaking out little kids. Once jumped in my van and hitched a ride to Columbus. They were neat and you could hear them while driving (with windows up and with the A/C and radio on). Truly amazing. – Erik, Columbus, OH



Bike Riders Beware!

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: We have plenty of cicadas around here. When riding bikes on the bike path along the Big Miami River the cicadas are flying everywhere and their singing is quite monotonous! You’d best not open your mouth for any reason or you just might experience a nice tasty cicada snack! – Karen , West Carrollton, OH



Another bathroom cicada encounter!

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: I work on the south side of Capitol Hill in DC, in a fairly new building. I have seen only a couple of cicadas around there so far – which didn’t surprise me, since the ground has been torn up quite a bit around there in the past 17 years. What DID surprise me was that yesterday, in the bathroom at work, I felt something on my shirt, which I went to brush away – and then looked down and saw I was holding a cicada, and jumped about a mile! I’m not really afraid of them, he (she? It was the women’s bathroom) just startled me.
My home is in Cleveland Park, DC. I haven’t seen that many on my street – maybe 20 total. Just a few streets away, though, my neighbors say they have tons. – Elizabeth, Washington, DC



Any in Long Island Yet?

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: Planning a trip to see (and hear) the cicadas. Was hoping to hit Long Island bacuase it is a shorter trip than New Jersey, but I have not heard of any showing up there yet. Any sightings at all? – Al, Westborough,, MA



Pssing Through

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: On a road trip from middle tennessee to monmouth county NJ, we used interstate 81 north. We left Roanoke Va at 9:30 am, May 30th, didn’t see any cicades until we hiy West Virginia around 1:30pm. They were lots as the highway wound through the more wooded areas. Once until Maryland we saw very few and once in PA, we saw none. West Virginia had plenty. I do not know how to estimate, but through many miles we were hitting a cicada about every 2 or 3 seconds. (was driving a truck).
– Bob, Aberdeen NJ



No Cicadas here !

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: We are still waiting here. There were exploring in a few areas and noticed just west of here in Berks County. Heavily infested pockets seem to be the rule. – Steve, Pottstown, E.Coventry Township PA



Can anyone explain this??

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: We have had cicadas emerging here since at least May 12th. We are in the middle of a 500 acre forest at 2000 ft altitude just west of Murphy and near the TN border.
The mystery IS that we have not heard any of the cicadas singing in the trees surrounding our house although we see them flitting from tree to tree, but we have heard them for a week or so in the distance to the east of us.
Why don’t they make noise in our trees or anywhere around our house???
We usually feed hundreds of birds here with our feeders but they have been gone the last few weeks apparently on an Atkins diet of cicadas instead of our sunflower seed so I can’t see that the cicadas would be afraid of our bird population…they aren’t here!
Can anyone venture a theory? We’re mystified. We want to hear them up close and personal. :-) – Hope, Murphy, NC



Located in North Georgia Mountains – Amicalola Falls

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: We hike at Amicalola Falls State Park almost every weekend… 05/23 and 05/30 we saw many holes in the ground, the Cicada Nymphal Skins on the trees and Cicada Periodical adult bodies on the ground… then of course, the mating calls in the trees. All very cool! I grew up in Delaware with the Dog-Day Cicada which I saw/heard every year. It is fun to learn about the different species.

No Cicada Periodical sightings in Gainesville GA (just 35 miles away) – C Dew, Gainesville, Georgia



Protect your ears

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: I have somewhere between 30-50,000 in my area and have found the sound interesting but uncomfortable. I decided to measure how much sound they were producing.

Standing on my deck mid afternoon the din is a steady 85-90 dBA.
Per O.S.H.A’s guidelines 8 hours/day is the limit before hearing damage may occur. Many audiologists believe hearing damage may happen in a shorter period of time.

If you are working out in an area where Cicada’s are bountiful you may want to consider hearing protection for the next few weeks.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10625

– Karl Freudenreich, Columbus, Ohio



A lot of Cicadas

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: Near the University of Cincinnati – Ryan, Clifton, Ohio



Are they gone already?

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: I went away last Friday to the mountains where there were no cicadas, when I left they were chirping as loud as ever, when I returned home yesterday, I heard no chirping & saw many dead or dying cicadas…I was able to catch a few males & a couple of females. Today, it’s rainy & only in the upper 60’s, could the weather have something to do with this??? Anyone?? Also, how can you tell that a male has mated? Or can you? I have heard that males can only mate once then they die… – Staci, Beltsville, MD



WARNING: Cicada’s and Skirts

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: I don’t know how many other women have had this experience? I’m tired of it. I can’t until they are all gone. These nasty bugs keep flying up my skirt. It seems to happen mostly when I’m about to go into my car. I start driving, have to pull over and get them out. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr

Only a few more weeks and it will be just a memory. – Lori, Pikesville, MD



New photos of Terpnosia vacua

Date: Monday, May/31/2004

Message: New photos of Terpnosia vacua (Japanese name is Haruzemi, which means ‘Spring Cicada’) are available from my Cicadae in Japan website:

http://homepage2.nifty.com/saisho/Zikade-e.html

Please enjoy them. – Yasumasa SAISHO, Hiroshima, JAPAN



Cicada Panic

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: Has anyone heard if they are headed for Staten Island? You guys in PA are freaking me out! I have never seen a cicada and I am not looking forward to it. I may have to live under a bug net for the rest of the summer. – Karen, Staten Island



They are in Gettysburg…I heard them today!

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: Today, my husband, son, and I drove down to the Boyds Bear Country Barn in Gettysburg, PA. On the road to the Barn, my husband said, “do you hear that?” Well, our windows were all rolled up, our airconditioner was on full blast, and my son had his CD player blasting (headphones half off his ears, of course). Heck no, I didn’t hear THAT! Then, he slowed down the car, turned off the air, and my son got quiet also. When we rolled down the windows, it sounded like a million crickets in the creek gone haywire. A non-stop buzz that could drive you nuts if you lived in the midst of it. A gleeful grin came over my husband’s face…CICADAS!!!!! We have been waiting for them for the last month…talk about media hype….but have had no signs whatsoever. I truly hope that today’s encounter will be my one and only experience with these bugs. Heard but not seen! – Nancy, PA



VDOT Against Cicadas?

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: Prior to the emergence of the cicadas, I noticed VDOT workers every morning (I drive 150 miles round trip on 81 South everyday) spraying some kind of liquid on the medians and hillsides.

Was this intended to reduce the number of emerging cicadas? They certainly weren’t watering the plants.

Just wondering.

– Cardo, Winchester, VA



in my neighborhood, finally!

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: When the cicadas were first to emerge, i went out everynite with my flashlight and hoped to see one emerge from its shell. i gave up hope, and realized i was just going to have to listen to them at work, in severna park. but two days ago, i started to hear them in my area, and now they are everywhere. I say that i am very brave, because i actually go outside during the day. For the last 3 days the weather was very warm and sunny, and those little guys were singing their little hearts out, and flying everywhere. today was cool and overcast so they were not as loud or active. i did have a close encounter at work on friday, i heard this growling noise behind me, and when i turned around i was eyeball to eyeball to one. boy did i run.
– carolyn, glen burnie, maryland



To “Unique Blue Eyed Cicada”

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: Release your cicada so it can breed more blue eyed cicadas. If it is already dead, bring it to your local university’s biology department and ask the teacher there most likely to know about insects how best to preserve it without harming the eyes (an entymologist, or other biologist). We have no cicadas here in the triangle. I’m disappointed. – SG, Triangle, NC



Cicadas

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: I have seen so many cicadas and dead cicadas in my yard! before I used to be freaked out with them but now they are ok. Im 9 yrs old so the next time ‘I see cicadas is when I’m going to be about 26. Im trying to enjoy the first time I meet cicadas because I wont see them again for a very long time! – Mary, Maryland



South Jersey cicadas

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: For the person who asked about cicadas in South Jersey: There are not many sites in that area for this brood, but there is a decent population along Woodstown-Alloway Rd., S. of Woodstown, NJ, and mainly north of the Timberman Rd. junction (and in that general area). You can also look along Pierson Rd. off Commissioners Pike. Those locations are in Salem County, NJ. There are also odd spots scattered around NJ to the northeast of that, but I do not know the specifics. Much of NJ, including the northern areas connecting with the Hudson River Valley of NY, belongs to a different brood (Brood II) which emerged last in 1996, so most New Jerseyans do not have them this year.
– Dave Marshall, Evansville, Indiana, for the next few days



None In Hagerstown…

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: I left my cicada ridden neighborhood for the mountains of northern MD & not a SIGN of even one cicada…..It was much cooler there than it is here in the D.C. suburbs. They may stink, but it was nice to come home to their singing…..This happens only every 17 yrs, that’s alot of time, I think we should make the best of them for the short time they are here…Buy your child a “bug cage” or a “Critter Keeper” available at any pet store. They are pretty cool to watch & listen to when there are only 4 or 5 in the cage….Make sure you put plenty of sticks & leafy material for them to eat & drink from, I change mine daily, let the cicadas go & catch new ones & fill the keeper with fresh branches & shrubbery. I keep a water squirt bottle close to spray them occasionally. I think this is really a very interesting time, they may stink, but they are harmless & cool to watch! My 3 yr old will be 20, omg, when Brood X appears next!!!! Does anyone know hoew to keep the dead cicadas on some kind of display behind glass?? I would like to keep a few males & females & compare them the next time they come around, God willing I am here :) – Staci, Beltsville, MD



Bummin’

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: According to the Michigan website, I won’t be getting any cicadas… I’m so bummed. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I’m about an hour north of the PA border. I’ve been soooo anticipating this, too. – Sebastian , Binghamton, NY



None in Rochester but alot in D.C.

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: I was just in D.C. last weekend this weekend and there was thousands of cicadas. Especially in Arlington Cemetary. There are none in my part of New York. Probably never will be. – Brendon, Rochester, NY



None here but plenty there!

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: Still none in my area, but I went to Hagerstown MD yesterday and heard none down I-95. Heard some around Baltimore, but not on I-70 and none in Hagerstown. Went from Hagerstown to Artemas PA and started hearing and seeing them as we traveled on I-70. When we got to Artemas we saw plenty! We then went to Hannicey-nice MD for dinner and saw plenty there also by the canal. It was great to see them. Today we went to Antietam National Battlefield (a great place to visit) and saw a few there but heard many in the surrounding area. On the trip back I heard them all the way until the Newark DE exit on I-95. – David, Media PA



Found Them!!

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: Kept waiting for these things to show up at the house and they didn’t so we went looking. Found them in Southern Lancaster County. Loads of them driving on 340 tword Pinacle Point in Holtwood. Stopped at Pinacle and got dive bombed! Loved It!!The sound is amazing, so incredibly loud. So, if your hunting, just take a drive in the southern end of Lancaster, keep your ears open and pull over when it gets really loud. – Kelly, Lancaster, PA



Plenty on the Mountain

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: Lots of cicadas in the western part of Hillsborough, especially up the Sourland mountain. Sounds like a million tiny little chain saws buzzing in the trees! – christine, Hillsborough, NJ



To Kelly in Columbus, Dated May 24- White Cicada

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: Hi, Kelly!
Yes and yes! I have seen and photographed an albino cicada, too! Isn’t it exciting?! The white body really shows up the striking red eyes, doesn’t it? Makes it look rather alien. ;)
In my necka the woods, the cicadas have peaked in noise level and are now dwindling down a bit. We are having coolish weather, now, so I wonder if that has anything to do with it, because when it was hot last week, boy, the cicadas really buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzed and flew around!
If anyone knows the answer to this question, please do post it: Now and then, we’ll hear, above the “running water” droning sound, a sudden burst of a low, buzzy, WEEEEEEEEEEEEohhhhhhhhhh, WEEEEEEEEEohhhhhhhhhh sound, like it’s from an individual cicada. Does anyone have any clue what that means/is? THANKS IN ADVANCE!

+Becki, Who will miss them when they’re gone! – +Becki, Landover Hills, MD



I HATE CICADAIS

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: THEY ARE THE WORST CREATURES EVER I HATE THEM AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – BETH, LALALALALALALALALALA



When will they arrive? Not here yet….

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival here in the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania, VA area. Can anyone tell me if there were here 17 yrs ago or if they are coming? – Terri, Spotsylvania, VA



So fascinating to watch them up close

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: Am I lucky to be visiting Cumberland MD this week (was in Arlington 2 weeks ago. I get around!) The mountains are echoing & vibrating with their incredible song. I stood under a small tree and watched them closely for the first time. I saw the females laying eggs with a long ovipositor that she inserts into the twig. And I saw the males fly in & land on a twig and start singing, lifting their abdomen and making their “whee-oh” call. The “oh” part is when they relax their abdomen at the end. It is a soft, mellow call…hard to believe that ambient whistle in the woods is just millions of insects making this little noise all at once. This really is a magical phenomenon. The guy who named them “magicicada” had it right!! – Laura Woodswalker, Visiting Cumberland MD



AGGGGGGG

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: TOO MANY CICADAS!!! The sound is INSANE, and they are flying EVERYWHERE!
I fled to my parent’s this weekend to get away from the deafening noise, and to hopefully get some sleep. I have a few that attatch themselves to the screen on my bedroom window and sing to me all night long!! Lucky me. – Lauren, Reston, VA



To Priscilla of Smithville

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: We will certainly all be disappointed if we do not see the cicadas here. That would be wonderful if you could share with us your exoskeletal “bounty”. My class and I would greatly appreciate it! I still have hope that they will come….but starting to doubt! Kim – Kim, Smithville, NJ



still waiting

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: I have seen holes in the ground for weeks but no signs of any cicadas. Don’t hear any either. We live in a wooded area and expected, still do, to be covered. Would like to get this over with. Any sightings near here? – D.C., Devon, Pa.



TO CHRIS, Carlsbad, CATO

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: Would you like to move into my house? Would you like to be imprisoned in the house with windows and doors tightly closed – so you wouldn’t smell decaying “friends” from outside? Would you like to drive in rush hour being bombed by these lovely creatures, and then spend an hour washing the mess off your car?
That’s very good of you to be such a wise guy, who is reading about cicadas from afar. Come and stay here, then we’ll see how you feel about these “friends”.
– Elena, Fairfax Villa, Fairfax VA



They’re here!

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: Thanks to Mike, my kids and I went to Middle Creek last evening (Kleinfeltersville, PA, just North of PA turnpike)And they’re there by the millions, I would say. The ground is peppered with their holes. We saw a whole lot of cases, adults, but no freshly emerged ones. You have to look UNDER the leaves mostly, and surprisingly, not on the big trees, but the small vegetation (mind the poison ivy!) So, we had to drive 30 minutes to see them, but my kids were impressed. A nice outing, with a happy ending. – Steve, Leola, PA



my new friend

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: i was driving home yesterday on a beautiful day and had all my windows open, and next thing i knew a cicada flew in my car! i guess i’m not too much of a girly girl cause i think cicadas are the coolest things ever so i closed my windows and brought him home with me. i showed all my friends my new cicada friend but they weren’t as impressed as i. then i set him free but he only made it a few feet before a bird ate him. poor little booger… – Leah, Dayton, OH



Where are they???

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: We were covered up with them when the 13 yr. brood arose. I have not seen a single one yet this time. Are they coming to this area? – Theresa, Southern Middle Tennessee



1987 Cicadas

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: We lived in Reading (Berks County) from March-October 1987. I can honestly say I NEVER saw one cicada that year. Since that was 17 years ago, the sidewalks should have been literally covered with them. We lived near the museum and used to go there several times a week. Saw lots of chipmunks but no cicadas. And I *KNOW* I would have remembered swarms of ANY kind of bug. This whole cicada cycle thing is very puzzling to me. – Mindy, Las Vegas, NV (formerly Reading, PA)



For Kim at Smithville School

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: No cicadas here yet, but my sister and I took a ride up to Princeton today to see them. They were everywhere! And that noise! It was like a million crickets over our heads. They were quite clumsy, and even friendly, as they allowed my sister and I to pick them up and carry them around.

I don’t know if we’ll be seeing them here, but I have a feeling we won’t (too many pines and not enough deciduous trees). If not, I brought home a few exoskeletons and can drop them off at the school for you and your class. Let me know if you want them. You can post it here. – Priscilla, Smithville, NJ

May 29, 2004

May 25th – May 29th 2004 Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X,Mail and Comments — by @ 1:09 pm



For Kim at Smithville School

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: No cicadas here yet, but my sister and I took a ride up to Princeton today to see them. They were everywhere! And that noise! It was like a million crickets over our heads. They were quite clumsy, and even friendly, as they allowed my sister and I to pick them up and carry them around.

I don’t know if we’ll be seeing them here, but I have a feeling we won’t (too many pines and not enough deciduous trees). If not, I brought home a few exoskeletons and can drop them off at the school for you and your class. Let me know if you want them. You can post it here. – Priscilla, Smithville, NJ



still no cicadas!

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: where are they ? i haven’t seen them here in stuarts draft virginia yet! – patiently_waiting, stuarts draft, virginia



cicadas do pee

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: A cicada pee’d on my car the other day and then flew away. It was gross!! I didn’t know bugs could pee like that. – Judy, Hamilton, Ohio



Bunch of Cicadas out in NEPA

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: I took a walk up by Pittson Area High School in the woods behind the school and I found a bunch of old shells, and was about to just leave when I spotted an adult. I snatched him up and put him in my jug, and I looked down at this bush and there were a ton of them under the leaves. I snatched up about 20 of the. 2 vibrated or made that noise they make when I picked them up. It must come from deep within their angry, demonic soul, because it couldn’t use its wings to make it the way I was holding it. All had red eyes except one had orange. I noticed some of them had one wing that was smaller than the other also. – Vel, Pittston, PA



Roadtrip

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: Today I spent the day in Cincinnati. From what I noticed, there are cicadas just about everywhere in town in some number. However, the two places I found the most were Alms Park in Cincinnati (it’s a big park, on just about any map) and Withrow Nature Preserve in Anderson Twp. In Alms Park, there were literally hundreds on every single tree in the park. They were also flying EVERYWHERE. The noise, of course, was nearly deafening. If anyone reading this is planning to goto Cincy to check the cicadas out, I highly recommend the two places I mentioned. – Josh , Detroit, MI



Finally found some

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: I went hiking today in Caledonia State Park (near Chambersburg, PA) and saw hundreds of exit-holes in the ground, as well as about 50 shells and two dead adults. Didn’t see any live ones, although we could hear their sound emanating from somewhere in the distance, varying in volume depending on our location. Upon returning to our starting point at around 5:30 PM, the sound was completely gone. I don’t know if they moved on to somewhere else or if they just get quiet at certain times of the day. I’ll be disappointed if I don’t see any live ones. During the ’87 emergence, I lived up in the central part of the state and we had cicadas out the ying-yang. I was eight years old and I remember the playground at my school was covered with them.
– Jason, York, PA



Cicadas found in Cincinnati

Date: Sunday, May/30/2004

Message: There is a big swarm covering some small trees in the Kenwood Mall parking lot, easy to catch. Also I heard there were some at an office park off of 75, but I’m not sure where. – Ellen, Cincinnati, OH



anyone know where i can see them locally?

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: I heard on NPR that they emerging in a few spots locally. The report said Haverford College and i forget where else. i tried to search their website for more info. anyone know any local sightings?

trish – trish, philadelphia



cicada golf hazards

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: I missed an important birdie putt yesterday when a cicada altered the path of the ball by landing in front of it. Can you believe it? A cicada hazard. Are these things blind or just stupid? Why didn’t it move? Don’t these things realize just how rare a birdie is, or do they just hart all birdies?
also, while driving the cart through wooded areas, I must’ve taken a hundred cicadas in the face. They make great targets for practice swings, but you have to wipe the guts off your driver. – Bob Goldberg, Baltimore



unique cicada caught!!!

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: I have captured a living cicada with unique eyes. The specimen, caught in Mt. Washington (Baltimore) Maryland, has silvery or light blue eyes, depending on lighting conditions, and has what appear to be dark eyeballs. How can I preserve this specimen without destroying or altering the eyes? Alcohol? Formaldehyde? Please advise. Thank you – Bob, northern Baltimore, Maryland



Cicada at work

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: Yesterday I found a live cicada in the men’s room at work. It was a male. How did he know which restroom to use? Can cicada’s read? Probably it had flown onto a man who entered the restroom but it was funny to find a male cicada in the men’s room. – Lorenzo, Baltimore



cicada spotted

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: Cicada spotted in Massachusetts!
Last in the neighborhood Summer of ’90.
Are they early? – Marje, Mashpee, Massachusetts



CSI

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: Where are your teachers? They should be telling the kids not to hurt them! – Elaine, Sterling,VA



PA – where they are (and where they are not)

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: Advance news had hyped the cicadas as “they will be everywhere”. They are not EVERYWHERE but where they are, there are a LOT of them. Look for them in the woodland hills just north of the PA Turnpike. Not many south of that (till they reappear in the Baltimore area). – Mike, Lititz PA



PA – Still emerging!!!

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: I drove up to Middle Creek Wildlife preserve last night at dusk and saw hundreds emerging. Looks like the emergence is slowing down a little but the chorus is just getting under way. Took pictures, will put them on web site as soon as I can. – Mike, Lititz PA



Hearing them from afar

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: I finally heard them on TV!!! Just barely during a news story with Bush out in the Rose Garden of the White House….it didn’t even hit me at first and then realized that that whirring sound was the cicadas! It will be interesting to see if you can hear them during the WWII Memorial dedication tomorrow
Rachel, good for you for saving the Cicadas and Mike, I loved your web site :) – Debbie, Seattle



my cicadas wings are wilted :(

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: I found a nymph today and it quickly turned into a winged black adult. the thing is, the tips of the wings are wilted and the cicada doesn;t seem too active. also there are 2 thin strandy white things still attached to the shell. what went wrong with this guy? – Vel, pittston, pa



Will they come to Minnesota

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: I am pretty jealous of all the sightings in the east coast. Will they every appear in Minneosta? Or it is too cold for them.

Where is the sighting closest to Minnesota? I would like to drive over and experience it.

Thanks – Larry, Eden Prairie, MN



Where are they!?

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: I must admit, if you haven’t seen a cicada..then count your self lucky!
Those little frisky fellas are everywhere!

They might not like pine trees a lot, but they seem to have no problem hanging on to them.
In fact, there’s hardly anything I don’t seem to NOT hanging on to!
They don’t bother me and I won’t bother them..I do carry my trusty badminton racket with me to help them on their way though!

The First 2 weeks wasn’t that bad, but this week is just plain crazy!!
I have so many buzzing around my house, I call it ” Alpha Base Charlie”
Look, if you don’t have any..it’s a blessing.
Take a road trip to go see some if you must, but for God’s sake don’t bring them home!
Squashed cicadas stink too, so the recent rain was a real big help.
They truly ARE a sight to behold, especially while fleeing! :-)
– Michelle, Randallstown, MD



STOP CICADA ABUSE!

Date: Saturday, May/29/2004

Message: PLEASE, CSI and DC metro area trackers–STOP THOSE CRUEL KIDS AT SCHOOL FROM HARMING THESE WINGED WONDERS!!! Leave them be in peace! We’re missing out on all the fun here in cicada deficient CA, but tracking the daily emergence from afar…BE KIND TO OUR FLYING FRIENDS!!! They’ll soon all be gone. – Chris, Carlsbad, CA



Where are they?

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I have yet to see any around here. We visited VA and DC last week and they have tons. Where are ours? – Eisey, Hazleton PA



Archbald PA

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I saw my first cicada in Archbald PA yesterday. 8 miles east of Scranton. – Rick, Archbald, PA



Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County, PA

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: We went on a cicada quest today, since there are none in our own area. We found them in Nockamixon Township, Bucks County, PA. On Top Rock Trail Road off of route 563 they were so loud that my daughters had to plug their ears! (That was mid-afternoon.) We caught a bunch there, including some as they were flying. Then we went to the lake, where the boat rental is, and in the woods by the parking lot there we found hundreds of live ones in the bushes on and the trees. We came home with a terrarium full of dozens of them, and they sang for us all the way home. We decided that, close up, their sound alternates between a machine gun noise and a chain saw noise. – Ed, PA



Still not here

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I heard them heading into Quakertown on rte. 309 in various places, but still none in Chalfont or Horsham, PA. They seem to be to our North (Q-town), South (MD), East (Princeton), and West (Valley Forge), but not here! Waahhhh! – Mike, Chalfont, PA



My Home Isn’t Safe Anymore

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: What is going on? I am losing weight by having to drive in a car with the windows cracked, if not rolled completely up. Sick and tired of cicadas flying in the car and having to fumble with getting them out. There have even been a couple found in my basement. This isnt a MOTEL! When will these buzzards leave!!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!! They are EVERYWHERE I GO! – Completely Disturbed, Baltimore, Maryland



Feel stupid

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: U know how sometimes you feel stupid looking at or hearing someone say stupid things. Well today this guy was on the bus talking to a woman about the cicadas. This dumb dumb said cicadas don’t have eyes. lol, they have eye sockets ,but no eyes oh and they also don’t have mouths. I felt so stupid hearing him say that. lol , oh ,but the funny thing is the lady listening genuinely beleived what he was saying. so she was like oh they don’t have eyes i thought they didn’t then she was like so if they don’t have mouths how do they eat he said they don’t eat. then he said well they do ,but u know how some fish don’t have mouths? well the cicadas are the same way and eat through there gills .HA HA HA what fish do you know of that doesn’t have a mouth. Also when did cicadas evolve and grew gills ? LOL – Lil Paul, Seat Pleasant, MD



They are still around

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: For the last 2 weeks that the cicadas have been out i barely saw any around here. I’m takeing a guess that the rain last night bothered some that were not yet out of the ground ,because when I woke up this morning they were swarming everywhere and loud as ever. I could hear them even with my walkman on full blast. – Paco, Laurel Maryland



cicada sighting outside Ann Arbor!

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: These are the first I’ve seen in Michigan–a little sluggish in this cold, wet weather and not making much noise. But there are some at Oak Trails School off Warren northeast of town. There are quite a few, charmingly, on the sign that says “Oak Trails School” itself. More to come, I hope! – Jim, Ann Arbor, MI



I hate cicadas…

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: … and they’re coming to get me.
– VS, Nashville TN



Wow

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I work at Princeton University and man is it load.Everyone I talk to says the same thing.It sounds exactly like the alien spaceships from movies.Although I’m sqeemish around bugs I’m glad Ive been able to experience this once in my life.Its the noise thats most impressive.
Mike – Mike Peloso, Princeton NJ



Still waiting!

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Haven’t seen any yet. I’m in an area that hasn’t had a house built for at least 50-60 years so they should be here. – David, Media PA Delaware County



how much longer?

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Hi-
does anyone know how much longer the cicadas will be around? – Becca, Prince George County, MD



Cicadas in Dublin

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Amy in Dublin: can’t imagine cicadas in Dublin (I used to live on Avery Rd) They’ve poured so much concrete in the past eight years, how could one EVER crawl through??? – Helen, Ann Arbor MI



Yeah for the CSI ‘-)

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Good for you Rachel (and the CSI). I am not crazy about cicadas, but it’s not right to abuse anything for fun. I’m proud of you. – Helen, Ann Arbor MI



My House is Possessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Just when I thought I was fearing something pointless (none of my friends in Grove City, Columbus (Polaris area) or even Sunburry had seen any cicadas)…I wake up this morning to see them in my lawn by the hundreds…didn’t think we were on the map to get them, but they tried to mate with my husband while he mowed the grass. I thought I was lucky since we live in a brand new subdivision, but just as the real estate is moving to Lewis Center/Delaware, I suppose the cicadas are attracted to Olentangy schools too! After growing up on Lake Erie (Huron, OH) I thought I’d never see another swarm of May Flies when I moved to the Columbus area…but I’d take those nasty things ANY DAY over these Cicadas!! – Heather, Delaware, OH



White Eyed Cicadas

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Has anyone seen any of these? My son just brought one in. He wanted to take it to the police station to get his $1000 that he heard at school was being paid for them. :) – JW, Trenotn, OH



NONE!

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I am starting to think this whole thing is overblown–not a cicada in sight, not a buzz or hum in the air. What’s up? – c, union, new jersey



They’re Close!

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: We don’t have any Cicadas in our woods yet, but we’ve been hearing them from a distance for several days. We’ve been getting a lot of T-Storms, that may have something to do with it. – Mike, Macungie, PA



Loud little buggers, aren’t they?

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Jeez. We’ve got cicadas! They started emerging about 2 weeks ago- and we aren’t seeing any more new skins anywhere, so I guess we’re done with that aspect of things. However – now my backyard and trees are filled with VERY LOUD cicadas. Our lot backs up to a woods, and so we have more cicadas than our sparsely wooded lot deserves. My daughter won’t go out to her swingset now. It’s pretty Hollywood ugly out there. Hopefully this will all be over soon???
– Amanda L, Fairfield, OH



“Anti-Cicada Policy at My Son’s School”

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: My son and I collected a few cicadas a few miles north of where we live in Hilliard, Ohio so he could take them to his elemetary school and show them to his classmates. After he came home from school the next day, I asked how it went. He said, with sadness in his eyes, his 2nd grade teacher made him throw out the cicadas before he could show them to anyone.
Apparently, she has a anti-bug policy in class and has a “zero tollerance” toward all bug bringer-in-ers. I was amazed and upset, too! So much for trying to bring the wonderful world of nature and science to thier classroom. I think his teacher needs to rethink her additude toward those red-eyed creatures from below.
For instance: “1-cicada, 2-cicada, 3-cacada, 4. How many cicadas can we get past her door?” – Chris J., Hilliard, Ohio



CSI

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Kids at my school rip the wings, legs &heads off cicadas.. me, Carson, & Katie are the CSI, the cicada saving industry. I’m making flyers now! :D – Rachel, MD



Went to Princeton today

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I went into Princeton today and as I was walking around downtown it sounded like a giant transformer. The area around where Princeton Pike, 206, and Nassau Street come together was unbelievable load and full of Cicada. Saw two that were still white, they must have just emerged. Also saw a lot on Vandeventer Ave. Leaving Princeton via Harrison Street the sound faded and by the time I reach Carnegie they could not be heard. Amazing how localized they are. – Jim, nj



Not as loud as before…

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Finally, they noise from these annoying critteres appears to be tappering down. Definitely not as loud the past couple of days. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of this “emergence”.
– Alan, Fairfax, VA



Finally found the mother lode of cicadas in Indianapolis!

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: So I’ve been bummed because we’ve had so few cicadas… then I’m driving along 56th street on the east side, between 465 and Keystone, and I notice a loud buzzing/humming sound … it was thousands of cicadas! I had to roll up my windows for fear of one flying in the window! Holy cow!

I got my daughters and we went back… we drove through a neighborhood there and were amazed. These creatures were crawling on everything from the ground, grass, low lying plants, up tree trunks and all over houses. There are hundreds flying in the air.

The sound was unbelievable. There was a recognizable buzzing that seemed to ebb and flow in unison… and overlaying that bug sounding buzz was an eerie high pitched hum. Now I understand the references to lasers and UFOs. It’s really undescribable.

We drove past one house that had a blow up jumping toy set up in the front yard apparently for a birthday party this weekend… but I’m afraid there will be more than a few kids and adults who will refuse to go outside in the midst of all those flying monsters.

My daughters begged me to let them out to catch a few… so we got out a bag and they each brought in a captured cicada, but my oldest daughter caught a mating pair! When we got home, she transplanted the mating pair to a tree in our yard hoping this couple would populate our yard! My other daughter’s friend flew off only to be IMMEDIATELY picked off in mid-air by a bird! My daughter was more than a bit honked off.

The sheer numbers of this emergence is overwhelming. We are so happy that a) we finally got to experience this phenomenon and b) there are not this many in our yard! Yuck!

If anyone in the Indianapolis area wants to experience this – head to the neighborhoods north and south of 56th street between 465 and Keystone (closer to 465). Open your car windows a bit, you can’t miss the sound! – Holly, Indianapolis Indiana



Just back from Hershey Park

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: We just spent 2 days in Hershey and there were no signs of any cicadas there yet. – Christine Lisciak, PA



They are everywhere

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Just had two on my back from walking to my car and back. Store owners are sweeping live ones up like they were discarded cigarette butts. My car is covered in smashed cicadas from the beltway around DC. I left for a trip last friday and there were none and I came back to this. ARGH – john, Rockville MD



Cicadas — Come Baaaack!!!!

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Not a sighting or sounding for these creatures — when are they coming to South Jersey? We’re waiting!! – Anneliese, Pine Hill, NJ



Cicadas in Towson!!!

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: This is my second time around with these things and the first time I don’t remember it being ANYTHING like this. I work in Towson, and there is not ONE place that I’ve been to that hasn’t had hundreds of Cicadas per tree. I’ve noticed that they don’t particularly care for the pine trees, but they certainly LOVE the maple trees! I thought that I would not be seeing them near my home since I live in the city, but yesterday I had one in my front yard, then today I saw at least 5 or 6, so they are definitely emerging slowly but surely and my SUV windows are taking a lot a of misguided Cicadas. Smashed Cicadas are hard to clean off your windshield!!! – Tiffany, Baltimore, MD



New Gallery and Blue-eyed Cicada

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Arlington’s in full swing. My neighborhood actually doesn’t sound as loud as earlier in the week, but there are more in the city area than last weekend.

I have some pictures and commentary at

http://www.geocities.com/mikemeg/cicadas

There are two pages. Next weekend, a birthday party for my daughter with cicada pinata, cake, and racetrack (tried it out, and it’s a little underwhelming– they’re perfectly happy to sit still). – Mike, Arlington



Pennsylvania

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I saw the post below about Quakertown PA. I live there and havent seen or heard anything! – Mike, Quakertown PA



WHERE ARE THEY???

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I have been looking forward to seeing these creatures, but I have yet to see one. Are they coming to Georgia? – Jenny, Locust Grove, Georgia



Where should we go?

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I am going to head up to Princeton on Thursday June 3rd in the hope of finding and documenting some cicada activity. Could any of you fine folks in Princeton reccommend some specific locations to seek out? Much obliged. – I. A. Bodulait, Brooklyn, NY



Sooooo Loud

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: The cicadas are definatly here. Too noisy to be outside. We are on 2 acres just outside of dublin. My black lab thinks they are delicious! – A,my, Dublin,ohio



Everywhere

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: My back yard is like a Hitchcock movie. The smell is getting stronger and so are the cicada’s. I saw one trying to carry off my neighbor’s kid much to my joy, only to drop him in the middle of the street. Cutting the grass is a growing adventure. Several have found me to be a suitable mate, but I guess they don’t like Italian. Can’t wait until I’m able to hear the music coming from my stereo again, but I’ll miss them nonetheless. Born in the cicada year of 1987 ties me to them I guess. Sorry for those of you not able to enjoy this craziness. It’s quite memorizing. – Terp Fan, Ellicott City, MD



I found which direction they are moving in.

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Thur. May 27th, i was driving through Dublin, OH when the setting outside went from normal to erie. I soon relized that when I had crossed the Scioto River that I had entered Cicada central. I wonder when they will cross the river and arrive at my house? They are so loud. I could hear them in my car with the windows all up and the radoi playing. I thought something was wrong with my car. It was incredible. – Dustin Z., Dublin, OH



Where are they???

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Sadly, none to speak of in Warrington. No one can tell me if they remember them from 17 years ago. – T. Hess, Warrington, PA (Central Bucks)



Cicada songs – fading away :(

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Sad to say, the cicada songs are fading in my area; presumably they’re ending their stay? I’ve rescued a few from the street over the past few days, and when I picked them up, they started “crenelating” (is that the proper word?) I don’t know if they were singing to me or swearing at me, but it’s a fascinating sound! Also, I was out walking last week and it seemed every cicada in the area was using me for a landing strip; a man was walking 10 feet in front of me, but they were leaving him alone; any thoughts on “why me?” (not that I minded, I think the Magics are just that – magic!) – Sue, Riverdale, MD



Webcam with audio?

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Has anyone found a webcam with audio yet in a cicada-intense area? Still haven’t had a chance to *hear* them (my mother still won’t open her window, even though she has screens…she’s completely freaked out) – Debbie, Seattle



Philadelphia, PA suburbs

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Saw 2 live cicadas (one with deformed wings) and their exoskeletons here in the near western suburbs of Philadelphia on 5/25. Several more exoskeletons each day since, though no more live cidadas. Perhaps 20 cicada holes readily visible under the maple in our back yard.

Former homeowner told us there had been a relatively large emergence here in 1987. – Dawn, Wynnewood, PA



Friend visiting Princeton from Seattle

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I have a friend who grew up here in Seattle who’s visiting Princeton this weekend with her boyfriend for a college reunion….I did not have a chance to talk to her before she left so she may have *no* idea what she’s in for! It sounds like they are all over Princeton campus from what I’m reading here…am I correct? It will be interesting to hear her comments when she gets back.

I wonder if researchers would be interested in these special colored eye cicadas? I know the person who found the blue-eyed cicada in MD turned it in to researchers at the UM. – Debbie, Seattle



Not here yet……

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I have not seen or heard even one yet here in Northwestern Indiana. I thought perhaps our recent spell of cool and wet weather is postponing the emergence. I do not remember seeing any in 1987, but I vividly remember the brood in 1973, when to a child it seemed to be the coolest natural thing on earth. I am hoping that our human race has not obliterated these fascinating creatures; but I am afraid with deforestation and rapid urbanization of countryside in this area, this may very well be the case. A sad thing to happen to a harmless and interesting animal. – Dan, Valparaiso, IN



Brood X Street Locations

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I was wondering if we could give more specific street locations for some of the hotspots. I just came back from Maryland and Brood X was not as widespread as I thought. I did not hear any in Hagerstown. Baltimore was incredible though. Specifically: Edmondson Avenue. The noise level was amazing. I located all three species near a middle school on that street. Septendecula sang loudly around 8 pm. I also found a tree with roughly 5000 skins underneath. Anyways, I want to see other sights but to save time (and gas)I would like specific locations. Also, I believe this info will prove useful for future seekers. Thanks cicadamaniacs!
Mike – Mike, Connecticut -Maryland



NE Extension / PA Turnpike

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: Nothing in the Allentown, PA area yet . . . but my daughter and I were driving down to the Phillies game late afternoon and could not believe the intensity of noise coming from the woods beginning just south of the Quakertown exit of the NE Extension/PA Turnpike. Stayed that way for several miles towards Lansdale, then — just like that — it was all over with for the rest of the trip south into the Phila. area. The wave of emergence must be making it’s way north a little each day.
– Frankie D, Allentown PA



Traveling into Hillsborough

Date: Friday, May/28/2004

Message: I am about 10 miles north of Princeton and I spotted 3 fluttering cicadas on Hwy 206. None on trees yet, and nothing like Princeton! Was in Princeton yesterday, and one was traveling with me on my windshield. Set it free before I left Princeton. Can they survive if they are transported into other areas by cars, buses, etc…? – Janet, Hillsborough, NJ



Smithsonian attack

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: Just fyi for anyone visting the new Dulles Smithsonian National Aircraft and Space Museum in Virginia/DC — the cicadas were swarming the place. They were blindly running into the glass building, a small pile was at the front door where they had all haplessly landed. We were there on a field trip for my son’s class and had to eat outside. When we re-entered the building, one teacher found three had landed on or in his collar area and students pulled them out for him YUK!!! In general, I feel sorry for these bugs. The cicadas are about the dumbest, saddest flying insects ever. They look as if they’re struggling horribly when flying and they just run into anything. And if they land upside down, they just lay their waving their feet in agony. And half the time when you flip them over, they flip right back onto their back. – Jane, Ashburn, VA



cicadas and hershey park

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: LOL to the guy asking about Hershey Park. I emailed the very same question to the park a couple of days ago and this is the LONG answer I got back:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding Cicadas. It is projected to be a peak
cyclic year for these insects to mature to adulthood in the Northeastern
United States. So far I have only heard one adult within HERSHEYPARK. We do
expect numbers to increase and the projected peak breeding season is to be
mid-to-late June. One will expect to see evidence of the metamorphosis to
adulthood by the time of your visit. However, I do not expect that the
presence of these insects to impact greatly on your visit. I expect the
sights, sounds and excitement of HERSHEYPARK will overshadow the impact of
this natural, but harmless, phenomenon.

To hypothesize regarding one of your concerns, I suppose it is conceivable
that one could encounter one of the insects while it is in flight. The
likelihood seems improbable, but I suppose possible. All I can tell you is
that I’ve been an adult living in this area long enough to have been here
for two previous peak cyclic years, and I do not recall an incident of that
type happening or having had my lifestyle impacted in any way during these
“peak” cycles. As Director of the zoo associated with HERSHEYPARK, I and my
staff attempt to be aware of all of these natural occurrences. In our area
some cicada reach adulthood every year, but there are these cyclic peak
years. The sound of these insects competing for mating rites and seeing an
occasional adult in flight is expected. These insects do not bite or seek
out any sources of food throughout this portion of their life cycle. I do
reiterate that so far whatever we may see remains to happen. I have only
heard two adults so far, and only one was within HERSHEYPARK as of this
time.

Please feel free to contact me if I can offer additional information.

Troy E. Stump
Director
ZOOAMERICA Wildlife Park
– Jane, Ashburn VA



I am 15 minutes from Princeton and still I do not see any!

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: Are the people surrounding the Princeton area supposed to be Plagued with these bugs? I have been in fear of these little buggers, sticking their heads above ground, for some time now. I know people who live in Princeton and they say that they are everywhere! What I am asking is this….. Is this the first generation that wants an education from an Ivy League school or are more supposed to arrive and be in the area of Plainsboro, Cranbury and the surrounding areas??? I pray that they just stay in Princeton and become graduates of 2004. :) – Michael, Cranbury



White eyes?

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: I’v heard there are a few with blue eyes. This ones eyes are for sure not red. My wife says they are white? – Earl, Lancaster Pa.



None yet.,

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: CANT WAIT TILL THEY COME. GUNNA BE AMAZING! – Mike, Englshtown



Are they blind?

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: I have been trying to convince my roomate that these buggers are not blind. But she insists that they are.
How about it? Anyone else want to back me up on this one?
– Tony Roberts, Columbia MD



Gold eyed cicada

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: Hi everybody, today I found a gold eyed cicada and I’m thinking that it has to be rare so im keeping it in my room. If anyone knows about the rarity of this color, please send back a message because I’m very interested in knowing If my discovery is actually a discovery. Thanks for your time, Nick – Nick Kostreski, Wheaton, MD, U.S.



can they see?? or just stupid..

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: here’s my ‘cicada’ question..are they blind?? everyday driving home on kenilworth avenue in the berwyn heights area (cicada central), they fly into my windshield..they MUST be blind or incredibly stupid..they r EVERYWHERE..very creepy and SO BIG… – michelle, greenbelt, maryland



Keeping my ears open for the Magic

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: I am listening closely for a sign of our Magic friends. Sometimes I’ll think I hear it, but it just turns out to be a malfunctioning car engine. How disappointed I’ll be if they dont’ visit me… I have heard an occasional sound coming from the trees, which sounds like a weed-whacker. I wonder if it might be one *solitary* cicada. Up at Green Lane last week, there were 2 different species singing. One of them made that hollow whistle that could be compared to a jet at the other end of the runway. The other breed sounded like a chorus of weed-whackers. Then I also detected the ‘howling’ or warbling– I think that’s the actual mating call. Also, the females make a clicking sort of sound when they are ready to, um, get it on. I learned all this from a web site from a university in michigan, which has .mp3 and .wav files of the different cicada calls. I think the link is here on this site. Check it out! – Laura, Oaks PA



nasty!

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: They are everywhere! When will they leave?! I m going to lose my mind or not go outside until they go away! – Hannah, oakton, va



how to avoid cicadas?

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: i am scared of cicadas….how can i avoid them? – Jan, Indiana



Cicada Attack!

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: I was working off the Beltway in Falls Church looking out a fourth story window Tuesday morning as the Cicadas starting bouncing around. By noon the side of the building was covered with thousands. By 6pm when I left they were 5 to 6 inches deep along the bottom of the walls crawling over each other like something off of fear factor!
We have none of these in Yorktown.
Taking the family to Hershey PA two weeks from now…can anyone tell me if it is that bad there? I don’t want to take my kids on a roller coaster going 70mph if these things are flying around!
Regards… – Jeff Dixon, Yorktown, VA



Where are they?

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: Haven’t seen any here yet. Lots of ticks (yuk) though! – David, Media, Delaware County, PA



CICADAS!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: I work off Rolling Road. Man, they’re invading my freakin’ job!!! They’re all over the place here! I run into them in the truck on delivery, they come into my warehouse… they’re everywhere! I really wonder how long this thing will last. Hope not too long, I’m tired of having to flash my towel when I’m walkin’ outside to ward them off, lol. Have fun, cicada lovers! – Obie , Springfield, VA (Where I work anyways…)



Black Eyes

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: I found a female this afternoon with grey-black eyes. Has anyone heard of this sort of anomaly before? – Joyce, Rockville, MD



first live one

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: I have finally seen a live one and they look really cool and they are not the least bit scared of us I still have not seen what I was expecting, I have seen about 5 shells but and one live one but still not what others are seeing. I hope I get to see that. – Scott Davis, Bel Air, MD



welcome cicadas!

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: the cicadas have been here for about a week. They are very “patchy” in their gathering, you can drive the down the street and not hear them, then turn the corner and hear 100s of them in one tree. You can hear their melodic droning in the distance all day, but standing under a tree where they are all hanging out is UNREAL! I always smile when i see or hear them. – Paul, Germantown, MD



what a buzz!

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: I thought I remembered how LOUD these guys were from the last time… The buzz started here a few nights ago, but this morning – after some heavy, persistent rain moved off – the buzz is truly in the air! Amazing too how isoloated some of the noise is; even in town you can drive past a city block and there’d be a sudden and very noticeable increase in the volume. – rick xaver, bloomington, in



Swarms

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: They’ve started to swarm big time in Falls Church VA. Riding home from the lunch, we saw scores of people on the sidewalk flailing haplessly at the air. It resembled a science-finction movie. It’s dangerous–a co-worker almost hit a child who jumped into the street to escape a cicada. – michael, Falls Church



They’re back!

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: They are all over Princeton Borough. Depending on where you are – near old trees and woods – you can see zillions of them and hear them buzzing very loudly.

I remember them from 17 years ago when I worked in town. They carpeted the streets and side-walks. You had no choice but to step on them. They were everywhere! – Cyn, Princeton, NJ



Crunchy Critters invade West Virginia!

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: Coming home from Virginia this weekend (5/25), north on I81, my fiance and I stopped in an antique market in West Virginia. THEY WERE EVERYWHERE! Crunching off the windshield as we pulled off the exit, swooping down from the trees, crushed under our feet as we walked…The shop owner said they’re looking forward to 4 more weeks of the squealing, crunchy critters! Ichhhh! – Jen, Wilkes-Barre, PA.



Guess What?

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: I saw a cicada today! I’ve been waiting for a moment like this! I didn’t think they existed until I finally saw one myself. They’re a lot bigger than I thought they were! YAY Cicadas! WEEEEEEE!! :) – Ryan Swift, Georgetown



Flying Everywhere Heere!

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: Please, Please tell me when this madness will end!!!! There are BIG Cicadas flying everywhere. It must stop soon or I am going to lose my MIND. Saw a different breed this morning just a bit smaller with white wings. I am petrified!! – Rock, Northwest Baltimore, MD



They’re so cool!

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: I live right by the water, so I haven’t seen any at home. But we were at a Baysox game on Sunday, and there were so many we could catch them in the air and pass them around. And they feel really neat when you hold them. sort of like little prickles… – Mer, Annapolis, MD



Cicadas like blondes

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: One of these nasty things flew into my wife’s hair. – Alan, Washington DC



Found Brood X

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: Thanks to this message board and the earlier posting from Green Lane, PA.
We found the brood.

See ya in 17 years !!! – Danny, Audubon,PA



Cicadas in Upstate NY?

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: Does anyone know if the cicadas are coming to upstate NY. I’m only 17, and curious to find out as much as I can, I obviously cant remember the last time they came, as I was born that year. Let me know… – Melanie, Lisbon NY (St. Lawrence County)



Trip To Washington DC

Date: Thursday, May/27/2004

Message: Yesterday I made a quick trip to Washington National Airport and had a couple of hours to collect cicadas and bring some home to Chicago. There’s a beautiful bike path that goes north from the airport along the Potomac, and it was heavily populated with cicadas. I collected a few males and females and brought them home. They’re in a big jar climbing around on a big ball of wet paper towels.

Odd thing is that they seem to have two or three distinct mating calls. Do they vary by family, mood, or both??

I’ll probably let’em go free tomorrow in the forest preserves up here. They’ll have a ball in these here woods… – Philip, Chicago



On the Mall

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: There are pockets of cicadas on the National Mall in Washington that emerged late last week. Most of the trees there are pruned regularly of their low brances so there aren’t a lot to be seen up close anymore, but you can definitely hear them in patches around the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of American History.

Meanwhile, my neighborhood in Arlington has been droning for almost two weeks. I’ve had cicadas land on my shoulder and sing — it’s loud, but OK by me. The courtyard below my 7th floor apartment just became active in recent days, and cicadas sometimes land on my window screens and sing. I haven’t seen any new emergences in several days. – P. Yabut, Arlington, VA



Sightings in NJ?

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: We’re on the look-out, but haven’t seen any yet! Is it possible they won’t emerge here? – Chuck, Montclair, NJ



Where are they?

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Why haven’t the cicadas invaded this town. I saw one today for the first time and it was probably blown here from a storm we had the night before. Don’t get me wrong though, I am relieved not to have that rotting smell but I would like to know the reason if there is one. – M.O., Glen Burnie, MD



100s [AT] Battelle Darby Park

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: I took my dog on the Wag Trail. They were all over some of the bushes. The sound came in waves. I found a few dead ones on the ground. I brought them back with me, along with a couple of ticks. I got some tick spray and plan to head back out on a daily bases. – Tim Hamilton, Columbus, Ohio



koo koo bugs

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Funny bugs. They’ve become part of the fabric of life. They land on you because you’re vertical. Had one on the car the other day, demurely staring with red eyes. Funny.

I have sympathy for bug phobics. Oh my God. – michael, falls church VA



Cicada in NJ

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Nothing in EB NJ but I know that they will come soon. If they don’t then I guess I’ll try in another 17 years. – Jason, East Brunswick, NJ



ANY SIGHTINGS IN SMITHVILLE,NJ YET?

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Just wondering if anyone along the Jersey shore has seen any abundance of these buggers yet? I have my tunnel builders on standby and I want to make sure they have enough construction time! My mother went to Crofton,MD yesterday for a few days to visit and only lasted a day! She said the cicadas were so bad she was having a nervous breakdown and went back home to upstate New York! Ha-Ha! Hope some followed her… – Kimmy, SMITHVILLE, NJ



need a few

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: in my middle school classes, we do a number of comparitive studys. i would love to have a few males and females to compare to the annual cicadas that we have in kansas. we are not due for an emergence until 2015, and with all of the discussion
on the news, my students are really interested.

– d butler, leon kansas



white eyed cicada

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: found a white eyed cicada when I was walking up to my school so I picked it up and put it in my backpack. I can’t bring cicadas into my school so when I got home I took it out to take a picture. Then I put it in a jar with a branch.
SEAN WILKINSON M.D – sean wilkinson, upper marlboro maryland



Not hear yet! :-(

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: I’m about 30 miles south of Nashville and no sitings yet! Although I hear Knoxville, about 150 miles east of us, is covered with them.
Cicadas, come west, young bugs, come west! – Sandra, Murfreesboro, TN



Boy are they ever loud!!

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: These cicadas are deafening. Our house is surrounded by woods and the noise is really unbearable during the day! We have to turn up the TV to hear it and that’s with the windows shut! The end of June won’t be here soon enough! – Karen, Gettysburg, PA



None spotted Yet!

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Will they reach as far east in NJ as Howell? – Randy, Howell NJ



I heard them over the phone from Princeton!

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Nothing here in NorthEast Somerset County so far, and looking at the Brood X territory map, we’re really close to the edge of the expected emergence so I’m not 100% certain we’re in the zone. My husband thinks it’s Brood II that emerges here based on the year he remembers it, so we’ll have to wait and see.

However, my husband was on business in Princeton today and called to say he didn’t see cicadas anywhere! I told him it was impossible based on the reports on this site. He pulled over near a wooded area and when no cars were going by, he said he could hear the UFO noise. I urged him to drive closer to the noise and sure enough, it got much louder and I could hear them over the phone! It really sounded like the attack of the giant bugs in old horror movies. He only saw one cicada flying – it might be too chilly today – but they were very noisy in the tree tops. This was along the Raritan canal and just a few blocks from the older part of the University campus. – Loretta, North Plainfield, NJ



looks like dive bombers

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Sitting here in clinic and looked out the window…must be a hundred i have seen in the past few minutes…7 floors up…flying through the air like dive bombers…males chasing females??…females looking for a tree branch???…in the heat and heart of a urban center…more buildings than grass and trees… – health provider, Baltimore



The noise is deafening

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Even tho’ I’m 17 years older than I was in 1987 and us old folk are supposed to be losing our hearing, the noise seems louder than it was the last time.

Also, the smell of dead and dying cicadas is starting to be a little gamey.

I don’t know if I can make it another 4 weeks without going mad! – Iris, Baltimore, MD



where the heck are they?!

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: I read your message shorty from kunkletown, pa; we’re neighbors and I haven’t seen any yet. I’m getting the feeling we may not see any, and that makes me sad! – becky, saylorsburg,pa



The Maddening Noise

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: The noise level in my neighborhood is getting pretty loud. Everyone said that we wouldn’t see too many here because my neighborhood was built about 10 yrs. ago. Not true!! And now they “sing” at night, too. My husband likes the noise. He says it is soothing.
To Debbie in Seattle: Here is the web page with the article you were looking for: www.nbc4.com/news/3337453/detail.html
– Grace, Abingdon, MD



They freak me out

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: They are EVERYWHERE! They fly around all over the place and they have landed on me a few times. I wanted to cry. I’m trying to accept them, I’m actually starting to like them a little bit. They are kind of cute in an ugly sort of way… – Melody, Hanover, MD



Nastiness

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Cicadas are disgusting and thats all i have to say about that!! – Amanda, MD



are they coming?

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: ARE THE CICADA BUGS COMING TO SHIRLEY?????????????? OR MASTIC?????? – Brittany, Shirley



manhattan cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: hello,

i am very excited about the prospect of seeing cicadas in manhattan. it drives me wild, in fact. when will they be in manhattan. will they even be in manhattan? does anyone remember from the last outbreak. im talking about in the parks eg central park, riverside park etc…

reply back soon,
thanks,
manhattan cicadamaniac – TK, new york, ny



Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: So far, not any sign of them over here.
However, saw them yesterday, while driving, only 25 miles south of here. “Hope” we’ll have them soon in northern NJ. – Peter, Long Valley, NJ



Washing the windshield

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: They seem to be very active this week. And there lots of them dead on the sidewalks – perhaps the first to show up had done their dirty business already and can die in peace now. Anyway – driving home from work yesterday, I got quite a few killed on my windshield. And it’s not an easy task to wash the mess off – no way it would come off with water or regular fluid. Even Windex wasn’t working very well – you have to rub it and scrub it.
And boy, do they stink! I guess people who eats them consider it “delicious”, but I’m actually thinking of getting a gas mask – it’ll be much worse in a week or two…
By the way – to those, who love them so much, and say they are totally harmless: DON’T YOU KNOW THAT ROTTEN FLESH IN LARGE AMOUNTS CAN BE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH? Have you read (in history schoolbooks perhaps?) that they use to bury corpses after a battle, instead of leaving them around to decompose. And it isn’t only because they honor their soldiers – they bury the enemy soldiers as well. So – who’s gonna bury those “harmless” and “cute” and whatnot things? – EIU, Fairfax, VA



Cicadas take a lickin’, but keep on tickin’

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Yesterday evening (May 25) we experienced a serious thunderstorm in Stonewall Manor with nickel sized hail stones. The hail lasted about 5 minutes and shredded leaves of trees in our community. So how did the cicadas, which were perched high in the treetops, weather this assault, you ask? This morning they were singing their usual tune, although at a somewhat reduced volume from the day before. It sounded like most of them survived. – Mike, Vienna, VA



They all may have died…

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: …from all the fertilizer and lawn care products being absorbed into the ground, I feel it will be just another normal year for the Cicada.

McKenzie – McKenzie, Bucks County



SEEN IN GETTYSBURG, PA

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: WE HAVEN’T SPOTTED ANY HERE IN YORK, PA YET (2 HRS. NORTH OF DC) BUT I WAS IN GETTYSBURG, PA LAST FRIDAY AND THEY WERE EVERYWHERE…WE CANCELLED OUR HOLIDAY WEEKEND PLANS TO GO CAMPING THINKING THEY WOULD BE TOO ANNOYING (AND lOUD) TO dEAL WITH! – PAM STEIN, YORK, PA



Still waiting in NC mountains

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: We are in the northwestern corner of NC very close to TN and VA. Elevation 3400′. So far, not a single cicada has been seen. The past month has been cooler than normal, so we are thinking the soil temp has not reached the magic 65 degrees yet. We are hoping they come soon! – SK, Watauga County, Boone, NC



Cicadas Make Great Models

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: They’re often so slow and docile, and so large, that they take great photo close-ups. Here’s one from my back yard that sat still long enough for me to get this great shot.

http://img74.photobucket.com/albums/v224/blmarsha/charlie.jpg – B. Marshall, Annandale, VA



nothing dramatic

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: I found some larvae that was ready to emerge while digging the garden but I haven’t seen any adults. Haven’t heard them yet either. Last weekend near Quakertown Pa on Rt 663 they were very loud. – MJB, Mountaintop pa



Egg laying

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Yesterday, I noticed that some cicadas have started to lay eggs on my 13 year old tree. It looked like thread on several branches. I plan on checking the trees at my school. I will try to take a picture to send to you. – Shirley Jeffords , Silver Spring MD



Cicadas everywhere

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: I live in knox county tennessee. my 2.5 wooded acres are absolutely covered with these buggers. They haven’t caused any trouble but they make a lot of noise all day and now all night. first time i’ve ever seen them – Wayne, Knoxville TN



BY THE BILLIONS!!

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: They are here by literally the billions!! This small quiet town literally sounds like a big city now! Just one tree in my yards has 1000’s of them!! WOW! – Scott, Marshall, IL



Egg laying

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Yesterday, I noticed that some cicadas have started to lay eggs on my 13 year old tree. It looked like thread on several branches. I plan on checking the trees at my school. I will try to take a picture to send to you. – Shirley Jeffords , Silver Spring MD



Cicadas everywhere

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: I live in knox county tennessee. my 2.5 wooded acres are absolutely covered with these buggers. They haven’t caused any trouble but they make a lot of noise all day and now all night. first time i’ve ever seen them – Wayne, Knoxville TN



BY THE BILLIONS!!

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: They are here by literally the billions!! This small quiet town literally sounds like a big city now! Just one tree in my yards has 1000’s of them!! WOW! – Scott, Marshall, IL



Cicadas a no show

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Cicadas have not shown up in the Englishtown/ Manalapan area. If anyone sees them please let me know which community. Thanks. – Lauren, Englishtown, New Jersey



Another blue-eyed cicada

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: Just read that a blue-eyed cicada turned up in McLean (where I’m from)….there’s an article on the WTOP web site about it. Mom still lives there…I’ll have to tell her to keep an eye out for blue-eyed cicadas… – Debbie, Seattle



“The Eyes”

Date: Wednesday, May/26/2004

Message: I am on a message board of folks that ‘appreciate’ (to say the least) Frodo from Lord of the Rings and we are especially always talking about ‘The Eyes’….those deep blue, wide eyes that enhanced Elijah Wood’s character throughout the movie trilogy.

Well, I pulled a meanie last night and posted a pic on that board from the PA station Priscilla mentioned that shows a cicada quite up close and personal with the bulging red eyes ;) and called it ‘The Eyes’……had a mixed reaction on that one….LOL!!!!!

My Mom is in McLean, VA so from the sounds of what’s being posted here, it sounds like she’s inundated. Dad is in Baltimore….I asked Mom to open the weekend so I can hear them singing a couple of weeks ago (Mother’s Day) but she doesn’t even want to think about them. It must be much worse now….after the post I saw about hitting 40 or 50 of them going down the beltway.

It sounds like they are even more of them than 1970 and 87. Back then my boyfriend and I had tshirts that said ‘Cicada Invasion Summer 1987 with a bunch of cicadas all the the red eyes…if anyone sees a shirt like that can someone let me know.
Is there a news article anywhere on the woman who hit the fire hydrant? – Debbie, Seattle



how far upstate will they come?

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: are they coming to upstate ny. at all? i took my kids out to look for them, found a shell of one in a knothole in my pine tree, it was very old. covered in spider webs and sap. – bill, modena, ny.



attracted to light?

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Are cicadas known to be attracted to outdoor lighting? – JLB, Louisville, KY



Still No Cicadas!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Had them in ’87, but so far I haven’t seen any here in Matthews, NC or 50 miles away at our lake cottage. They were abundant at the lake in ’87, so I’m wondering where they are now!!!
Lisa in Charlotte, NC – Lisa, Charlotte, NC



Where are they?

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I drive an 18 wheeler, haven’t seen a live one yet. Maybe thats what the big splat was on the windshield? – shorty, Kunkletown, PA USA



Indiana

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Havent seen any either. I saw a lot in Bloomington. – Dr. Dre, Indianapolis



PRISCILLA!! I MAY HAVE SEEN TWO! AAHHHH!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Anyone have any ideas if these things are coming to South Jersey? I think I may have seen 2 babies on my screen door the other day. They were pretty small but had those red eyes and one was making a pretty loud sound! Haven’t seen (or heard)anything since then but I’m still looking. Is it possible to have just a few and not mass quantities? I’m building a tunnel… – KIMMY, SMITHVILLE,NJ



Michigan Sightings

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Have there been any reports of sightings in Michigan? – sc, MI



Cicadas early arrival

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I think our Cicadas arrived early . In April we had a deafening sound in the woods behind our apartment complex. We couldn’t figure out what it was. It was so loud. It was done by May. And now we have no cicadas around like everyone else does. Our woods out back are quiet and down the road is filled with them. I think they came early. – Amy Murberg, Bel Air, Maryland



NONE HERE YET

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Still none here in Ann Arbor MI that I have seen. – Helen, Ann Arbor MI



PLEASE Say it isnt so!!!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I’m in Washington NJ too Danny, and I dont have them at my house yet. I look outside every night and every morning…so far… complete relief! None here! I lived in Colonia (Middlesex County) in 1996 when Brood II was there. That was so incredibly bad I cant even imagine what this year has in store! You could scoop up many MANY handfulls at the base of each tree back then…OMG what am I instore for this year??? I’m sooo freaked out! New Jersey-ites….please keep me posted!!! – B.T., Washington NJ (Warren County)



Are any hatching still?

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Does anyone know where any more cicadas may be hatching still in the Cincinnati area, as of 5/26? I would like to try to watch one emerge out of its shell (I missed them in 1987, as I was in Pearl Harbor serving in the Navy). Carol Ann vivedly remembers 1987, and is looking forward to the “peak” time of this “Brood X” emergence.

Thanks.

Thanks for allowing us to share. – Larry and Carol Ann, Cincinnati, OH



Just a few – bummer

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: My family has been waiting to experience this invasion, but, alas, we have just had a few emerge under one tree. For the last week we have seen 4-8 new shells each morning. Most of them are being eaten by birds. I can hear an occasional weee-ooohhh, but it’s just one or two at a time. Looks like we are going to have to drive down to southern Indiana to experience the big numbers. – Holly, Indianapolis Indiana



Cicadas Everywhere!!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Oh, if you really want to see some cicadas just come to the DC metro area and you will see more than you need. I am on the campus of my school (Trinity College) and cicadas are even flocking inside the dorms. You can here the cicadas all around you…they actually sound like car alarms. Also, can you believe that one little cicada cause a huge accident in Maryland. A lady was driving to work when a cicada flew in her car and she instinctively went to swat it away and crashed into a fire hydrant knocking out all of the water for the neighborhood. I am totally scared of bugs…if you want the cicadas come to DC and take them all because I have had enough of them. :) – Ndara, Washington, DC



Where are They?

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I live in williamson county about 15 min from downtown and haven’t seen them yet I hope they come soon! – danny, nashville TN



Giant cicada!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Just saw the first cicada in our neighborhood- it’s in an oak tree on our street. It is huge! This is the first one we have seen, even though we live in a rural area about seven miles from Princeton (which is overrun with them). Hopefully, we will see more. – Sue, Franklin Twp (Somerset Co) NJ



The Enterprise is here

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I live in the country and man do they like to make noise it sounds almost like a Spaceship hovering over our house. We have holes around every tree i mowed the lawn and saw about 100 holes – Joe, Pennsylvania



The smell of Cicadas

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: We have had cicadas for over two weeks and the smell from the rotting shells and dead bugs was overwhelming in our back yard. We have been shoveling cicadas into trash cans and putting down lime and cedar mulch to deal with the stench….

– KP, Gaithersburg, MD



Recipe

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: These critters are deeeeeelish! Catch a jar full, freeze them. Next day rinse w/cold h20, pat dry. Toss in flour/salt/pepper/creole season and fry 2-3 min in hot canola oil.
Eat them like popcorn! Great w/beer or Cheerwine… – ‘Hoss, Knoxegas, TN

May 27, 2004

Cicada News 5/27/2004

Photos: The Great Washington, D.C. Cicada Invasion from John M. Esparolini.

Photos: Invasion of Cicadas & Friends: May 27th, 2004 – McLean, VA, from Norman Bercasio.

Photos: Brood X in Southern Indiana , from Janee.

These lovable (though somewhat creepy) creatures come out every 17 years, digging their way out from underground. In their 17th summer, they fly around, rather clumsily, mate, lay their eggs, and then die. Their above-ground show lasts about 6 weeks.

Baltimoresun.com’s cicada package: every Baltimore Sun cicada article, all on one convenient page! Includes
swat the cicada game. (thx Roy).

As the cicada season winds down, we bid farewell not just to Brood X but also to our loyal Buzz correspondents. Many thanks for your sometimes weird, occasionally icky but mostly delightful submissions. We’ll end the Cicada Chronicles of 2004 poetically — and since we hate goodbyes, we’ll end with not one but two poems.

May 25, 2004

May 23rd – May 25th 2004 Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X,Mail and Comments — by @ 1:07 pm

Giant cicada!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Just saw the first cicada in our neighborhood- it’s in an oak tree on our street. It is huge! This is the first one we have seen, even though we live in a rural area about seven miles from Princeton (which is overrun with them). Hopefully, we will see more. – Sue, Franklin Twp (Somerset Co) NJ



Cicadas are up in eastern PA!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I dug up a cicada a few weeks ago while planting trees, so I knew they were coming. I went out today to take some pictures and they’re everywhere! Still not as noisey as I remember in years past, but I don’t think they’re done emerging yet. – Jon, Zionsville, Lehigh County, PA



Unsuccessful Hunt

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Searched through Setauket, Old Field, Stony Brook and Lake Grove in Suffolk County without success. Not a single shell or chirp. Getting hungry and jealous after reading all those cicada recipes! – AJay, Long Island



NONE HERE YET!!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I visted this site for more info on them since we have people calling our landscaping business worrying about their plants. Its all very interesting. Nothing here as of yet as I am anticipating will will have many at our home which is a few acres of untimbered forest land. We do have an unusual amount of mosquitos this year though, and are HUGE! Looking forward to hearing and seeing this phenomenon, hopefully our young nursery trees are not too hard hit!!! Anyone near us see any??? – Susan, Elysburg, PA



Emerged 5/22

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: They’re heeeere. – JOhn, Downingtown PA



blue eyes

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Are you still looking for the blue eyed one?

Got it. – Bryan , ft thomas



killers

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: people at my school are trying to kill them they have killed 70 – bob, U.S



Sight

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Are Cicadas blind? – Jay Schultz, Silver Spring MD



When will this end?

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: There are thousands, they’re everywhere, and they’ve been here since the 8th. They were cool to look at and photograph for a while, but I’m so over this… they are really stinky, loud and annoying now! – Donna, Rockville, MD



17 Years Ago

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I have not yet seen them in the suburban Philadelphia region, but understand they are around. 17 years ago, I remember them quite well. For a few weeks, I was qondering what that constant din outside was — they were not in our neighborhood, but quite heavy in the surrounding area. Then one night, I saw a piece on the news about them. Much different today with all the TV & newspaper coverage and Web sites dedicated to the emergence. I’ll have to keep an ear open on the way home. – GFE, Glenside, PA



They’re heeeere!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Yep.. we have cicadas here in Bloomington, Indiana! I have some photos I took on 24 May 2004 here:

http://www.myjanee.com/photoalbum/broodx.htm

I hope to get more as the season progresses. I love these bugs! – Janee, Bloomington, Indiana, USA



They’re DEFINATELY here!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Have been watching my trees and finding scads of exoskeletons. The awful noise started over the weekend…can barely here myself think and I can’t close the windows because I don’t have central air! Ugh.. – Jeanne, Perkiomenville, Pa



No Sightings Yet

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Where are they??!! I want to see these little critters… I hope that I haven’t missed them yet. – Mike, Hanover, PA – near Gettysburg



It’s Like a Science Fiction Movie!!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Carcasses are everywhere as nymphs transform into adults and a constant cacaphony fills the residential forest community known as Spring Hill Acres (near Mt Gretna), Lebanon Co., PA. I ran through the woods along the Horseshoe Trail up to Gov. Dick Lookout last Sunday and could hear the “courtship songs”, even though listening to Smooth Jazz on my Walkman!! – Stan, Spring Hill Acres, Cornwall, Lebanon Co, PA



Cicada’s coming to Hagerstown??

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: It appears the Cicada’s are everywhere around Hagerstown, MD, but not in the city. They have invaded all surrounding towns, and rivers but not here yet. Are they coming here??

Marcia McKnight – Marcia McKnight, Hagerstown, MD



“There Back!”

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: My boys had me outside in the woods looking for them. This morning while looking out the window there they were, three of them in a white birch tree still in the shells. I cannot wait to see the boys faces after school today! – Raquel Lutton, Schnecksville, PA



They’re Heere!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I have only seen little to none in the city. Will they be in Englishtown, New Jersey? I am going on a trip there on June 12. – Andrea, Baltimore, MD



Hoards of Them

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I got attacked on the ear by one this morning, nearly broke my glasses. Freaked out really bad! When are they leaving already? I hate the eeery sounds too. Enough! Enough! I am ready to leave home and stay with my Aunt. How many more weeks of this terror? – Shelly, Gwynn Oak, MD



OMG that’s loud

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I’m here on the Ohio/Kentucky border near Cincinnati, and they’re everywhere. My brothers and I were out working on a car and they kept landing on us.

In some parts of Hamilton, Ohio (where most of my family lives) they’re so loud you can’t hear anything else!

BTW – these things seems to have pupils. It looks like when I hold one in front of me and move around, it follows me with it’s eyes. Or am I just seeing things? – John Davison, Florence, Kentucky



Swarms!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: We have them…BIG TIME! There is a swarm on our ridge in the woods. I can hear them starting as soon as it’s warm enough in the morning until it cools down in the evening. They’ve been here for about 2 weeks (first emergence was the morning of 5/15/2004. I have a question for anyone, however. I keep hearing something that sounds like crying, wailing, or lasers in addition to the buzzing that’s like a machine or water running. Does anyone know what this sound is? THANKS! – Sharon Heller, 7 mi. west of Newport, PA, USA



There Here!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Since last Friday (May 21) they’ve really invaded Princeton. It sounds as if the mother ship has landed and is beaming everyone up! – Marjory , Princeton, NJ



GRAMPA’S FARM

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: they are real thick in the vineyard but nowhere else – Mitch Boatman, Hillsboro, Ohio



Our cicadas make great “scarecrows” for our cherry trees

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Typically we don’t get a chance to enjoy the fruit of the cherry trees in our back yard because the birds beat us to it. Not this year. We have thousands of cicadas and lots of delicious ripe cherries.

We figure the cicadas’extremely loud call is scaring the birds out of the trees.

Anyone else getting the same results? – Will, Mary, Cindy, & Jim, Ft. Thomas, KY



THEY’RE FINALLY HERE, TOO!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: My oldest son and I have been waiting anxiously for them. We heard the noise (finally!) early Sat morn (21st) and went on a walk to coleect some Sunday night. It’s very cool, exciting and GROSS! It must be a BOY thing!!! – Shawn Marie & Michael T., Belcamp, MD (Harford County)



You can have some of ours!!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: For everyone who hasn’t seen or heard any cicadas yet, consider yourselves lucky…They are so loud, they started this morning at 4 am, and of course the ones my daughter has in a “critter keeper” started singing as well, so I had to take it outside. I let them go & catch her new ones every day. It would be a shame to just have them live 17 yrs underground & die without doing what Mother Nature made them for……I have seen birds feasting on them, red ants eating them, my cat even ate one yesterday….YUCK! They are kind of interesting, though, I got a pic yesterday of a pair mating on my tree. The only thing that really bothers me about them is their smell, it stinks outside, I can’t imagine how bad it will be when they all start dying off & laying under trees in mass piles…. – Staci, Beltsville, MD



They are learning to fly better!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I think the Cicadas are learning to fly better after the two weeks of practice they have had since emerging from the soil. If you drive for about a mile on the DC Beltway, one should expect to hit between 40 to 50 Cicadas. They are flying everywhere. Watch your head!!! – Jared, Arlington, VA



Finally Found An Adult

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: After several days of finding about 6-8 empty cicada shells in the grass under the same tree, I finally encountered and adult. It seemed to be caught up in the tall grass so I scooped it up and off it went up into the tree. If your in Wilmington, De and haven’t seen one yet, keep looking they’re here! – KJ, Wilmington, DE



everywhere

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: we have TONS of them… everywhere!! – traci, new jersey (princeton)



NONE!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I wanna see some, but no luck yet… – Joe, Long Island



They are in MD/DC area

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Was down at the Potomac River fishing this past weekend and heard them just south of Rt. 95 bridge that crosses the Potomac.
Also heard them on the way home while stuck in traffic on Rt. 95. Had the windows up and radio and A/C on and could still hear them. Just glad I don’t need to sleep through that, YET! – JON, PA



Anxiously Waiting

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: There are no cicadas in Tennessee yet, as far as I’ve seen. I wonder if they’ll even get down here this year? I can’t believe I’ll be 42 when they come back… – Marijean, Nashville, TN



The emergence pattern is not what I was expecting

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I thought that we would see maybe 1-3 nights of mass emergence, and the subsequent mating & dying. Instead, it seems like they are coming out little by little in my neck of the woods. When will they STOP emerging? – Chrissy, Mt. Pleasant, Washington, DC



They are most definitely here!

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I have been amazed at the sheer volume…both in numbers and in decibels! They are all over the Miamisburg-West Carrollton area of Dayton but are not downtown as of yet. They were out in great force this weekend at The Srping Fling in Miamisburg. You could hardly walk 20 feet without one dive-bombing into your hair or landing on your arm, back, shoulder…etc. Watching people scream like little school girls and flail about was a bit entertaining (including yours truly). I’m trying to get “used” to them…really….

For all you cicada enthusiasts…enjoy!

PS: the birds are getting fat! :-> – Kharis, Miamisburg



Every Where

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I never saw so many in my life. We have to watch were we step, and shake off our close before we come inside. Theres shells all over the trees and on the ground. – Wesley, Delaware, Oh



Where are they

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I want to photograph Cicadae. I live in Providence RI. Does anyone know where some are that are close to me? – Scott Lapham, Providence RI



THE ALLIENS ARE HEAR

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: THE CICADA SOUND LIKE A SPACE SHIP OFF IN THE DISTANCE !!!! – M.CARKUFF, ELLIJAY,GA



They’re Here

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Found my first shell, followed by about 20 more scattered around the base of our huge Pin-Oak. I’m sure there is many to follow. Hope to se a live one soon. – J Stauffer, Columbus,Ohio



When do we get them?

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I live in Atlanta, GA. Do they come this far south? If so, when? I haven’t seen a one. – Sheree, Atlanta, GA



In Princeton

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: They’re in Princeton – CB, Princeton



Waiting….Impatiently

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: Here in Bell Buckle (40 mi SSE of Nashville), ther are no cicadas yet. Everyone that was here in ’87 says that there were plenty, so by all accounts they should still be in the ground……planning. Hopefully I’ll see some when I go backpacking in East Tennessee at the end of this month, I’ve never experienced an invasion before and I feel like a child before his first Christmas. – Jake Stringfellow, Bell Buckle, Bedford Co., Tn



First noticed them Thursday May 20

Date: Tuesday, May/25/2004

Message: I have only seen one and it was dead, have only found one shell. The woods across the road sounds like there are millions. They are real loud till way after dark. – L:inda Napier, Winslow Indiana



the plagues of Egypt? Nothing compared to what’s coming!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Why has God decided to torment us this way. Have we come to the end of our time. We’ve boarded up our house and only have enough supplies to last us for a month. Save yourselves!!!!!!!!!! – the Booher’s, Quincy, MI



They’re everywhere!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: They are all over the College Park, MD area. There must be thousands around the house and in the trees. The noise is AMAZING… it’s like being on another planet… I feel like the alien here! It’s absolutely incredible! I’m in cicada heaven! – Scott, College Park, MD



None here yet

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Magicicadas have supposedly been spotted near the Delaware-Maryland state line, but none up here in the northern Delaware hills near Pennsylvania. Not even a hint of nymphs crawling out of the ground.

We’re all eagerly awaiting their arrival here…

– Michael Sensor, Hockessin, Delaware



Finally……

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Driving home from work this evening with the windows down I heard a buzzing sound. I pulled over in Warwick Park to check it out. As I walked into the woods the noise was rather loud and I saw a few dried shells, but I never did actually see a cicada. Hopefully I will find more in the days to come, but they are finally here. – Dave Fuertsch, North Coventry,Pa



Cicadaphoria!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Wow!
I have experienced a true natural high!
At Clark Park, about 2 miles from my home, I experienced Cicadamania, up close and personal!

I found by the roadside,
A small tree with a chrous of MagiCicada septumdicem…
Unearthly beauty…
Absolute calm…
No fear…
Is there any other creature on earth that has NO FEAR of humans?
They bumble through the air
They do not have a care
They sing … Delightful!
Landing on me, they linger
Sitting on my finger!
Calling, chourousing, tumbling
Ruby eyes looking,
Cellophane wings flicking
Their clocks are a-ticking
Phhharrrooohhh! They cry!
Soon we will die!
But we will be back
You can count on that
Thank You, Oh Magic Ones
You may outlive me
But you will always be with me. – John DeMelas, Oak Ridge, TN



Still going strong

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: It seems they’re still going strong here and at Tysons Corner. The parking lot where I work looks like a little cicada cemetary. We’re almost “attacked” every time we step out of the office. You have to do a cicada check before going back in to remove the unfortunate ones that bump into you and stick! I saw more today dead, dying AND flying around than I have in the last few weeks. I saw new ones still emerging at Wolf Trap over the weekend as well! – Entertained, Vienna, Virginia-Fairfax County



First sighting of the year.

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Tonight I went out on the patio and in flew a rather large flying bug. I don’t know anything about these, but I caught it and looked up a picture and sure enough it was a Cicada! It’s the only one I’ve seen, scared the **** out of me. – Matt, LaFayette, New York, USA



Our cicadas arrived May 11th! Love ‘em!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Hey, they are so exciting! I saw them in 1987 here, too. Each day there are hundreds of new ones in our yard. I love to see them fly like tiny red-gold helicopters. I like to get them on my hand or arm and take them for a walk – they just sit quietly. My cats enjoy stalking them, too. I have named some of them – Loretta & Isabel sit on the back screen door. – Susan Burkhalter, Bethesd, Maryland, USA



Just a few of them are here!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: There are abot 10 of them in my backyard! – Daniel KIm, Franklin Lakes, NJ



millions

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Because of previous West Carrolton posting, we went there to see them (drove down fron Canada!!). Took exit 44 off of Interstate 75, and they are everywhere. High concentrations (perhaps millions) in Sycamore Trails Park, West Carrollton, Ohio. – Joe Minor, West Carrollton, Ohio



they’re everywhere

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Wow. It’s humbling, really. They’re everywhere. It’s their party, and we just need to avoid having them bump into us.

Fearless little things. Zen bugs.They didn’t start flying until this weekend, and now they’re flying everywhere, going about their business. Today it struck me that it’s lucky these things aren’t inherently malevolent/poisonous. The early colonists wouldn’t have had a chance. – michael, falls church, va



White Cicada’s?

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: My son found a white cicada. Has anyone ever seen a white or albino cicada? It still has red eyes…. – Kelly, Columbus, Ohio



Sitings but no singing

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Drove 75 miles from Toledo and camped. On May 18 saw 1st skins and adults, hundreds more each day till I left Powell Creek Camprounds on May 20. One or two sang. The proprieter called May 23, said they are now coming out in woods in camp but still not real load yet. – Gary Lovell, Ayersville, Ohio Route 15



ew

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: cicadas creep me out…there r some in my yard, but TONS in the crescent hill area…my friend says theres some in her house…EW…there arent any cicadas by the summit shopping center…probably bc it was farmland b4 and then they covered it with cement, mulch, and sod…and killed any trees that r there and planted new ones…well, at least theres 1 place where im safe lol – rachel (again), louisville, ky



cicadas everywhere!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: there r cicadas everywhere, especially on my school campus. one got in my shirt 2day…it scared me 2 death…i got it out and i didnt kill it! – rachel, louisville ky



They took the city

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I live in downtown DC (Dupont Circle). So far, I haven’t seen more than any other year…until today. It’s full of them. And I am sorry, I don’t like them. I am scared even of walking on the street. – Pablo , Washington, DC



Camping with Cicadas

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Cicada’s everywhere. Spent a weekend camping at Big Bone Lick State Park. Averaged about 5-600 cicadas on the tent at any given time. Had to use a broom to sweep away the cicada’s from the tent entrance. The sound of Cicada’s crawling around on your tent at night sounds very much like a gentle rain. I thought my memory of these little guys from 1987 in Cincinnati, Ohio was bad……this definitely tops that!! – Neetz3t, Big Bone Lick State Park, KY



no live ones

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I have not really heard any cicadas here in my area I have seen a few shells here and there but no live ones or sounds that I know of yet. I’m hoping that maybe I’ll have a better chance of hearing them at night. – Scott Davis, Bel Air, MD



where are they?

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Where are these creatures? I don’t they are in my area? – mark, N. Royalton, Ohio



The big bug invasion

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I saw a single hole in the back yard today. No dought it was from brood x. I think the ivasion is about to start. – J.P., York,P.A.



Cicadas?

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Cicadas, where are you? I so desperately want to see them around here so that I can show my foreign born boyfriend the craziness that are Cicadas. Back when I was in high school there was a different brood going about and though I hate bugs, it was still really neat. Does anyone know if they’ll be headed up here eventually or should I drive my boyfriend (who doesn’t want to see them at all) down to Princeton? Thanks! – Tiffany, Edison, NJ



so curious…

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I will be in the DC area this upcoming weekend, and I’m really looking forward to the cicada experience. Can someone tell me when and where is the best time to experience them in their most …annoying? :) – BigMac0420, Jacksonville, FL



great there here

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: yup there here, saw the first one today sunning itself on rhododendron flower. Big ugly and many more to come I’m sure…….. – Ryan, Brookline, MA



Crabapple Trees and Cicada

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Evidently, cicadas love crab apple trees. I have one in my front yard and it is covered completely in cicada. I don’t mind, except when they chatter at me for stepping out side my own house. – Rachel, Cincinnati, Ohio



YIKES!!!!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Ok guys. This thing is getting intense. I really don’t like leaving my house because there are sooooo many of them now. A few weeks ago I thought I was lucky b/c we really didn’t have that many. Well that was then, this is now. Does anyone agree that they seem to be less active at night?? Or is it just me? I know that they are supposed to be leaving by late june, but does anyone know if this week and the next are their peak times??? I’ve heard that from my mom and a friend and I’m just praying that it’s true. – simone , Silver Spring,MD



Where they this noisey?

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I don’t remember them being this loud the last time during the day. – Meg, Bedford, PA



HELP, THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: They were gross from the beginning, but now they are actually flying around. There are hundreds of them within a hundred foot radius. I have already been unfortunate enough to see about 4 explode upon flying into my windshield. I drive with my windows up, the air on, and music, and they are still loud enough to slowly drive me insane before getting to where I need to be. I’m sure there are many people in baltimore and surrounding areas wondering who the nut is running around with a hoodie on and a tennis racket. yes folks, it’s me. I take all necesary precautions before venturing out into the land of the cicadas. For the next month or so, they are in control. I, personally will be thrilled when they go back to ruling the underworld!! – Kee, Randallstown, MD



Still no sight of them!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: We’re close to Phoenixville and Malvern – both locations have representatives on the message board. And yes, there’s little if any activity here. When will they show up? – Elaine, Oaks, PA



None Spotted

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: We have nothing but woods surrounding our home and have yet to see a single one here is Harrisburg. – Jeremy, Harrisburg, PA



Millions

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Okay, the cicadas came slowly, but now they are in full effect !! Man these things are a pain, but fascinating. I don’t want to kill them but when they in sorrounding my apartment I have todo something. I’ll be glad when this is over. My biggest worry is going to work with one of these things in my hair. – Felicia , Arlington, Virginia



Nothing where I am

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I’m 20 miles or so north of Princeton. Nothing by me yet. Maybe tonight. – Jim, Bridgewater, NJ



ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: ALL 5 BILLION ARE [AT] MY HOUSE, THERE IN MY APARTMENT BUILDING, IN MY CAR. CAR ALARMS ARE GOING OFF BECAUSE THE LOUD MATING CALL. I EVEN SAW A FEW MATING YESTERDAY. I DON’T REMEMBER IS SWARM IN 1987. I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET CICAZDA MANIA 2004 !!! THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. I HAD ALMOST AN ENTIRE TRASH CAN FILLED UP TO TOP W/ DISCARDED SHELLS (PLEASANT RIDGE, CINCINNATI,OHIO)IF THESE WERE STINGING BEES THE ER HOSPITALS WOULD BE FILLED TO CAPACITY. I HAD MY STEREO,TV AND AIR CONDITIONING ON AND COULD STILL HEAR THE SINGING! – MISSCUBE, CINCINNATI OHIO



They’re Heeeeeeere

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Baltimore is now experiencing a cicada invasion. Over the weekend they finally started appearing in mass quantities in my neighborhood. Wherever I go in town, I can always hear the alien-like hum of the cicadas in the background. It is quite loud here and the smell is already pretty strong. Every time I walk to my car, at least a handful of them fly right at me. This morning one flew down the collar of my dress shirt. I think I invented a new dance. I heard on the news that only 25% of them have emerged which is staggering. I can’t imagine how there could possibly be MORE in a few days. They are already everywhere, hitting the windshields of moving vehicles, climbing my house, in my bushes. Amazing. – Chris, Baltimore, MD



None here yet 5/24/04

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Nothing here yet. Last evening was quiet, no casings around. – D.F., Medford, N.J.



Cicadas Are At Or Near Peak In Elkridge Md.

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: They emerged on May 13 and have been as loud or louder than I have ever heard them since Saturday. This is my fourth time around with them since 1953. – George, Elkridge, Md, USA



NONE

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: None None None.. Nowhere to be seen here. Yeah!! – Carrie, Allentown, PA



None here yet!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Not a peep! I love the sound of the cicadas – they are truly the sound of a lazy summer day. I heard they have arrived about 1/2 hour from here in Green Lane. – Karen Romano, Conshohocken, PA



All Over!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: The Cicadas are every where!! – Disgusted With, Reston, VA



Cicadas in full tilt

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: They’re here, hundreds of thousands, probably millions of them. I’ve never experienced anything like this before. We moved to this house about 5yrs ago, it’s in a heavily wooded neighborhood. The sound is intense. I can best describe it as rushing air, something like air escaping from a valve. It’s loud and the cicadas are flying everywhere you look. What happens to the carcases when they die? I heard the stink as they decompose…like land-shrimp. – Alex, Downingtown, PA (40 mi west of Philly)



There are everywhere!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Any very very loud – like someone vacuuming in the next room! – Jen, Baltimore, MD



Cicada Experience

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Just thought I’d relate a story about my 1st cicada experience. Back in 1998 I was camping with a bunch of fellow geology students in Providence Canyon state park in east Georgia….we did the back country hike through the canyon and we camped overnight down in the canyon. A bunch of us slept out under the stars that night….meanwhile, while we were sleepling and unbeknowent to us, the cicadas (13 year variety)were emerging…when we woke up we literaly had hundreds of hollow cicada exoskeletons all over our sleeping bags, hundreds more in out shoes and a large nearby tree (maybe 5 ft. away) had thousands of exoskeletons ont it…needless to say we were alittle freaked out knowing that thousands of creepy little bugs were crawling all over us and our stuff. But it does make a cool story to tell. thanks. – Gristlejaw, Flroiduh



Cicadas

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: We are very excited that this is the year the cicadas are emerging. We are busy learning about all aspects of their lives. Daeshawn found one on his oak tree last weekend. Patrick found one on his apple tree. It was head-down, four feet above the ground. We are waiting to find more! – Mrs.Moynahan’s Third Grade Class rade, Coquillard Primary Center, South Bend, In



Yuck!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I thought the worst was over, but boy was I wrong! There were so many cicadas on my patio on Sunday morning that my boyfriend had to come over and sweep them up just so I could get outside. I’m just an innocent person trying to live my life. When will this be over? – Heather, Falls Church, VA



Yippee! Cicadas at last

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: After much anticipatory dread, I had actually begun to get into Cicadamania. But there were no signs of the little buggers in Owings Mills while surrounding areas got tons of them. They finally began singing on Saturday. Can’t see many, but the sound is just awesome!!!!! – Kathy Valentine, Owings Mills, MD



Mmmm mmmm good.

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I haven’t seen too many in Germantown, but I did gather about 100 post-teneral female cicadas. Over the weekend, I made about two dozen dry-roasted, chocolate covered cicadas, which five co-workers tried today! I’ve got a few more recipes I want to try. The verdict? So far, so good. Not exceptionally delicious. But, not bad either. – Mike K., Germantown, MD



Still looking

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I’ve never experienced the Brood X cicadas but have heard stories. Someone said that they won’t be in Union County, NJ this year! Say it ‘aint so! Anybody hear this? – SMC, Summit, NJ



Cicada clear for the 28 approach

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Like a blink of an eye they are flying all over the tarmac….just yesterday there were none – JP, BWI



Cicadas in Full Force

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Went camping/horseback riding this past weekend at Fair Hill, MD. Large pockets of Cicadas everywhere. You could hear them from the barn constantly. I enjoyed listening to them–although others did not. Sometimes when riding through the pockets they would be flying everywhere and landing on you and the horses. It was amazing how loud they were. The horses didn’t mind the sound but didn’t like when being hit in the head by them. It was a pretty neat experience. They are quite amazing. – Barb, Fair Hill, Maryland



Faster than a speeding cicada

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I went for a bike ride yesterday from my house in Stonewall Manor to Reston via the W&OD bike trail. It was a challenge to avoid hitting these flying creatures while zooming along at 18+ mph on the bike trail. I happened along a cicada flying parallel to the trail, so I slowed down to match its speed. It was flying at about 9 mph into a slight headwind. So, for anyone wondering how fast these little buggers fly, my empirical evidence suggests about 10-12 mph without any wind resistance or wind assistance. – Mike, Vienna, VA



Timespan

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Hello –
Cicadas began emerging here in Arlington 2 weeks ago. Since they came out so early here, will they leave sooner than other areas. It is unbearable. – David, Arlington, VA



They’re Heeeeeeeeeeeeere!!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: First spotted Saturday, 5/22. Noticed a few “shells” on a row of short lilac bushes while cutting the grass. Closer inspection revealed TONS of them on the undersides of almost every leaf, often piggy-backed in bunches of four and five. A few hours later, heard the first sounds, like the string section of an orchestra warming up. Sounds and sightings of adults wobbily making their way to the trees is steadily increasing. – vbert, Kintnersville (Upper Bucks County), PA



Merrill Creek Reservoir

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Went for a walk at the Merrill Creek Reservoir. Cicadas were everywhere. Pretty awesome to actually walk through them, and to hear them. – Danny, Washington, (Warren Co.), NJ



Indiana Cicada

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Haven’t seen any Cicadas here at home in Hamilton County, but I spent the weekend camping at McCormick Creek State Park in Southern/Central Indiana (~60 miles south of Indy). As I drove south, the chorus began. At times the noise from trees on either side of the highway was just plain creepy. At camp they were everywhere, in various stages. Many little holes on the ground where they had emerged. Many shells and living Cicadas on the trees. Shells all over the ground. Many carcasses of those that didn’t make it as well. Lots of “music” from the trees until dusk, when it would quiet down until morning. – Angela, North of Indianapolis



Still Waiting

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Still no cicadas in Damascus. Still waiting patiently. I think they are cool looking, but not in such large quantities. – Donna, Damascus, MD



Cicada

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: The Cicada are everywhere even inside the metro rail cars. – Doreen, Forestville, Maryland



They’re Singing in Crownsville!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: We have a constant concert going on in Crownsville — they are plentiful, large and LOUD!

– CM, Crownsville



Nothing yet

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I am anticipating a most enjoyable show of the cicadas,but as of now 5/24/04 I have been disappointed. When should I expect this 4th of uly explosion of Brood X? – Jim, Hamburg,New Jersey



Lots…

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: i was visiting Dayton for the weekend and it’s incredible on how many cicadas there are! It’s hard to believe, and they are so loud! It seems like Chicago is still a couple weeks away from this adventure! – Christopher Byczko, Dayton, Ohio



They are EVERYWHERE

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: They are so bad in my neighborhood, particularly my house with the most trees on the street, hovering over it. I moved out this weekend to go stay with my mother. I can’t handle it, the noise is deafening. My daughter screamed, “I CAN’T THINK”. It’s terrible. I don’t know how I am going to survive this. – MzTJones, Baltimore, MD



Still not too bad

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: We have them… but not real bad. I hear them (how could you not!) and see them, but they are not as bad as other ares. My sister lives on the other side of Delhi and is confined to her home. I cut my grass yesterday!! I am really waiting on being hit hard-my kids are going to FREAK!! – Cindie, Delhi Twp, Ohio (Cincinnati)



Where are they?

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I understand that York, PA should be in the thick of it, but so far, nothing. I am not especially fond of bugs, but I am fascinated by the life cycle of these particular insects and can’t help but be excited. Anyone in my area seen any? – Karen, York, Pennsylvania



Found a few

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Went in search of cicadas this weekend. Heard or saw a few in Harleysville, Pa. A fair number reported by friend in Spring Mt. area. A large number (maybe a few thousand to ten thous./acre)in area west of Quakertown, emergence began around 15th of may. – Andy, Montgomery County, PA



None Here

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I have been looking, but I haven’t seen or herd any at all. It’s probably to cold and rainy. There are a few wholes in my garden. Maybe it’s the nymphs getting ready to emerge???

I went to Toledo on Saturday May 22 and didn’t see any there either. – Mark, Washtenaw County



Where are they?

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: i live in Beavercreek, Oh, Just east of Dayton. I found one shell on my sidewalk yesterday. That has been it!! No more to be found.

:^(
– Roger, Beavercreek, OH



they’re here

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Yesterday, there were thousands in my back yard. Extremely loud even when I was inside with windows closed. Outside it was almost deafening. – Jeff, Dublin, OH



Are we getting them???

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I live in Ringwood N.J. and have seen one shell,I work in Suffern, New York and there aren’t any there either. Will we be getting them? My sister who lives in Baltimore, M.D. has been freaking out about them being everywhere for 2-3 weeks already. – Lori, Ringwood New Jersey



The smell of the Cicadas

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Hi! I came to this site to see if anyone else smells this “gargbage in the heat” or “dead animal” smell..I hope it’s coming from them..I thought my sewer system was backing up!

I’m sorry,I don’t like them and when are they leaving? :) – Maysa Leak, Baltimore



Nothing in Pottstown, PA

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I’m in the North Western Philadelphipa suburbs. We’ve got holes in our yard but haven’t seen or heard any cicadas yet. We’d like to see a few but don’t want the numbers that others are reporting. – Vic, Pottstown, PA



will I see them???

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: My niece is having an outdoor party for her 5th birthday. She is NOT a “bug-lover”, to put it mildly. My sister is freakin’ out….do they show up in Manhattan or Brooklyn? We are native Floridians so we are completely ill-equipped (emotionally) for cicada swarms/sounds/urine-mistings. – lissa, brooklyn, NY



I’m going crazy!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I thought I was petrified of spiders, well not anymore! The cicadas are everywhere! They were exceptionally loud between 5 and 6am this morning. I opened my door this morning to dead and dying cicadas all over the breezeway! I was horrified! They were all over the hallway stairs and were flying everywhere! I had a couple fly at me and buzz me – I was screaming like a lunatic! I CAN’T WAIT FOR THEM TO GO AWAY! – Lynne, Alexandria, VA



FLYING

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I was walking around outside and they just seem to fly from one place to another. One flew into me and I was walking.Are cicadas blind or is it hard for them to turn directions? – Kanika, Washington,DC



Where Are They?

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the cicadas. I thought I heard one last week, but none since then. Where are they? I’m jealous to hear that there are other people in PA that are experiencing them! I’ve been patiently waiting, but now I’m getting worried I might not see them or I’ll miss them! – Becky, Saylorsburg , PA Monroe



Unbelievable!!!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Last week we noticed a few skeletons in the trees (about Thursday, May 20). Saturday morning, we went outside and could hear the eeriest sound. We thought someone had left a pump on somewhere. Then we realized it was THEM!!! Yesterday, May 23, we went to a nearby woods and they were EVERYWHERE. Thousands of skeletons and the noise was so loud we could hardly carry on a conversation. Awesome! – Paula, Newark, DE



Where are they?

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I live in a Detroit metro suburb and haven’t seen or heard one little cicada. And none of my other family members scattered throughout the area have seen them either. Has anyone else seen a large siting of them anywhere in Michigan? I’m patiently waiting… – Peg, Plymouth, MI



Cicada sighting

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: They’re out, but certainly not in the numbers I expected. Our weekend house is in a wooded, rural area; most of the cicadas are at the edge of our property on trees and shrubs, but not many near the house. Maybe the big invasion has only just begun. – Linda, Upper Bucks County, PA



Cicadas in Montgomery County PA

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: They’re here in Green Lane Reservoir, Montgomery County PA, sounding like a million weed whackers running at once. They are so pretty. When you pick one up it squeeks! – Mary A. Phalan, Philadelphia PA



Albino Cicada

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: This morning (May 24) a co-worker told me of an albino cicada. My first thought was he saw a newly emerged one and mentioned that to him. He said he knows the difference between a “soft” one and a “hard” one — this one was hard and had fully expanded wings. His wife is a photo buff and I think she planned to take a picture of it. I will post a picture if possible. – Ron J, PA 17339



Hey Priscilla from Smithville

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I teach at Smithville Elementary School and did a short unit on the cicadas. We are anxiously awaiting their arrival but I am getting a bit nervous! The kids and I will be totally bummed if they don’t show up. Please let us know as soon as you see one! Thanks and happy hunting! – Kim, Smithville, New Jersey



TAKE THEM AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: As I left for work this morning I had to wake my husband to make him walk out with me. There were probably 1,000 walking on my decks and the other door (sliding glass) the doors were totally covered with these nasty, creepy, noisy critters. The security light above this door attracted them and my whole side of the house was covered. GO AWAY – GO AWAY – GO AWAY – Missy, Lexington, Indiana



Cicadas in Delaware?

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Has anyone observed the emergence in Delaware? My daughter is graduating from UDel and I was wondering if they were present on campus.

Yesterday, Sunday 23-May, I went down to Princeton University. Some realy intense “outbreaks” down there. Really cool.

Jim – jim occi, Cranford, New Jersey



To Kristen from Rockville, MD

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Answering your questions – “DO THEY SMELL?” INDEED THEY DO!!! My husband killed hundreds of them on the ground cutting the grass – and now they STINK. The smell which some call “peculiar” is really terrible – so we better prepare ourselves for the end of June, when they will be going back to hell by millions… – Elena, Fairfax Villa, Fairfax VA



Cicada Feast in Tennessee

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: I saw a newsclip from Tennessee tonight where they had a Cicada feast…they had all different types of cicada dishes, though not the Choco-Cicadas that I saw a recipe for somewhere.

Priscilla, thanks for the info…I couldn’t get the video but did see the images…love that last closeup shot of “the eyes.” :) – Debbie, Seattle



How long do they live

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: How long will the cicada’s be here? There are billions of them. -Shelton KY – Shelton, Louisville, KY



Cicadas around Princeton, NJ

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Hey Alan:

Re your post maybe Cicadas like the upper crust of the earth but not society. I’d stay underground if I were near Princeton also! Go Rutgers! – Pete , Bridgewater, NJ



NJ Cicadas Where are You?

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: Funny to see all the messages from Central NJ. We were plagued 17 years ago but nothing yet here in Bridgewater. Maybe tonight or tomorrow (Monday) after a few days of hot weather. I see holes in the lawn and think that might be them but we also have chipmunks and a lawnmowers that could do that. Can’t believe that we could miss it all. Do these guys actually migrate? I thought they lived straight underground a foot or so down.
Maybe the wet spring weather (not more than usual-we’ve had worse springs) has put a damper on it. My guess says any day now if not tonight. – Pete, Bridgewater, NJ



PA – emergence picks up steam

Date: Monday, May/24/2004

Message: In the woodlands along the Lancaster / Lebanon / Berks County lines, sightings have gone from “a few” last week to “dozens” on Friday; now thousands tonight. I watched (and took pictures) This afternoon, you could hear them singing. Not really loud yet. – Mike Frey, Lititz PA



THEY’RE HERE!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: after hearing what sounded to me and my girlfriend like a cat being murdered, i found a HUGE “casing” of some insect ive never seen on the post of our front porch, it had a big hole in the back…after looking on the internet i have found out that these are cicadas!! I guess the season has begun!–gotta admit, i hope they stay outside! – Josh Crager, Lexington ky



Awesome sound

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Spent a weekend getaway in the country in Clinton Falls Indiana and those noisy things were everywhere. It’s like being in a twilight zone. God’s nature is awesome!! – Cindy Towne, Clinton Falls, Indiana



I’m gonna cry!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Oooooh, I’m so jealous! I’ve never seen a live cicada, only mounted. I’m a bug afficianado and am so envious of you guys that get to hear the calls and see such an amazing event.

Heck, I’m jealous that other states even have TREES. Those are a rarity in freakin’ LA. Enjoy the cicadas! I’m seething with envy. – Alie, Los Angeles, CA



Cicada Sighting

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I was at my cabin on the Ocoee River about a mile outside Copperhill on May 16th and heard the Cicadas singing and they were still singing on the 23rd. – Carlton Williams, Copperhill, Tenn.



They’re Here!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Cicadas arrived in my neighborhood yesterday (Saturday) in mass, but they do get quiet and disappear at dusk, till the a.m. – Briana, Abingdon, MD



The Hills are Alive!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Visiting N. Georgia from Atlanta. As we pull into the drive way of the farm, I see what I thought was a small hummingbird. As I step out of the car, the sound was so intense I thought a house alarm was going off. Turned out to be the sound of meellions of Cicadas. They are awesome! – Gavin , Blairsville, Georgia



Cicadas spotted in Clover SC

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: 2 yrs. ago I lived in Clover SC on the border of NC and my daughter and I found 3 in our backyard,we knew they were different so we watched them from day to day,,but I realized today what the bugs were Cicadas, my daughter was so excited to learn about them,they must be good to eat because my cat jumped on this big brown one and tore into him,Ive since moved but we’re on the lookout in Lumberton NC,,,Good Luck! – meltripper, Lumberton NC



Crawling back yard

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message:

They are eveywhere in my backyard. My family and I have had the priviledge to see them coming up out of the ground in their beetle shells to the final transformation. What a great sight. One night at about at 9PM there were hundreds of beetles crawling up the tree. At 11:45PM several of them were hanging from the leaves clutching to their formal shell as their wings dry out and expand and their fragile white bodies strengthen as they also darken. Our back yard is full of them so that no step can be taken without looking down to see that you’re not smashing one. The background noise is
similar to the strange sounds used in old science fiction movies. I thank God for creating such a fascinating species and for the invention of the video camera. – Pete, Timonium, MD



Attack of the creepy crawlers!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: May/23/04:Been watching these amazing but creepy creatures for a few days.Increasingly getting more abundent.Don’t really mind them because i know they are harmless but they still make me scream.I have to say the noise is amazing!Somewhere between a horror movie scream and a machine running badly.I like the UFO sound comments.Nothing too much but except alot more,Alot more.Have fun:)
– michele, mohnton,PA



cicada sounds

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Has anyone else noticed that there seem to be different layers of cicada sounds? There is a general din that has been getting louder and louder for days, and then there are the cicadas right near us that seem to go up and down in pitch in unison, so that it sounds like waves. How do the cicadas coordinate their sounds like that? How do they all go up in pitch at the same time and then all down at the same time???

P.S. My wife looked pretty funny trying to get the cicada out of her blouse, believe me. – John , Louisville, KY (Crescent Hill)



a cicada down my blouse!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: My husband and I were eating lunch outside, enjoying the cicadas (he was encouraging them to go ahead and try flying) when a cicada hit my face. I screamed and threw my yogurt across the grass—and the cicada ended up down my blouse! How do I describe what happened next? I went through a lot of contortions to get that cicada OUT of there! – Tamara Meinecke, Louisville, KY (Crescent Hill)



Wow!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: There are hoards of cicadas in my yard, they are bouncing off the windows, and the house. I have a tree that overhangs my second floor balcony and there are so many that I can’t go out back without being hit by them. My 12 year old cat isn’t paying attention to them, but my dog is crazy for them. He’s eaten a couple but I’m making an effort not to let him eat any more. I still feel freaked out a bit by them but they are pretty cool as long as they don’t land on me. – Liz, St. Bernard, Ohio



Still Waiting!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Well, I’ve yet to read or hear about any cicada sightings here in NC!!! I remember them from 1987. Now that I know more about them, hopefully they won’t seem as gross and scary!
Lisa in NC – Lisa, Charlotte, NC



Still waiting…

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Haven’t seen any here in Frederick, MD yet. Got off a plane at BWI (Baltimore, MD) this morning and it sounded like a UFO was in the area. Maybe the “UFO” will land this week in Frederick… – Tony, Frederick, MD



cicada sightings

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: lots of cicada’a… – Lisa, Kettering ,Ohio



An Unwelcome Alarm Clock!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I spent 3 nights with the critters watching them emerge last week, and then spent the next few days observing and enjoying. We have a lot of cicadas in the neighborhood, but not so many that they’ve become a nuisance.
I was so disappointed when the droning began in the distance, but none were singing in our yard. Where were the little guys (and gals) I had sat up with all those late nights?
Well, a few days later they began to sing in the neighborhood – an even steady drone, nearby but faint. When I told my son I was disappointed that the cicadas had left our yard he replied, “You have to be here at 3 in the afternoon. They sure are singing here then!”
Turns out I was looking for the song when I came home from work, late in the day, after the singing wound down. Sure enough, on the weekend the droning and chirping was IN the yard and created an incredidle din. Like other message posters, I’d describe it as a combination between a buzz and the throbbing whine of a 1950’s UFO movie.
It begins at about 4am and continues only until late in the day. By sunset, there’s no sound from them at all. I hear only a very occasional chirp as I write this now, after a very constantly noisy day.
Well, its been interesting waking to the buzz each morning for the past few days, but today took a new turn. I’m sound asleep whe I’m startled awake by a tremendously loud WEEEEEEEEE-ooooooooo! I bolt up out of bed only to realize a single cicada must have been sitting in the tree right outside our bedroom window. I look at the clock and it’s 3:05 AM! My single songster must have taken off after that because I shortly fell asleep again to a sleep-inducing soft buzz off in the distance.
But the “song” had begun for the day, and it became a rousing chorus that lasted all day until about 7:00 pm! – Pat, Gaithersburg MD



there here!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Saw my first cicada on Saturday. What a surprise! What a racket. It was amazing how the dead exoskeletons hung on to the bottom of the leaves while the adults were on top feeding

– onemoremile, Oley, pa



Cicada Urine

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Have you felt unexpected drops of liquid outside where cicadas are present? I read an article in the New York Times that said:

“A passer-by may experience the harmless mist of cicada urine if there are enough of them in a tree overhead…”

Today I was taking photos, trying to get a shot of flying cicadas. I did, and also got some added value…

http://www.dponline.com/cicadapee.jpg – Dona, Bethesda, Maryland



they are here

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I am a recent transplant to this area (from Fl). My son-in-law was telling me this would be happening soon. I arrived in Md. from a trip to Fl. Sat. w/ my grandson- turned the car off and we sat trying to figure out what the noise was!!! Opened the doors and realized it was the cicads. They are EVERYWHERE and very loud but quiet down around sunset.
How long will they be here?
– Sandi, Chevy Chase, Md.



male and dead female

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Hi.I’ve questions. Why do cicadas loves my car tires? They always there. Second, I caught a male cicada trying to mate with a dead female.Why don’t he understand its dead? There are many lives cicadas around? His sex organ inside her and he attached himself and apparently can’t get loose. any reason to mate a dead female? – sezai, springfield, va



Emergence in Kingwood Township, NJ

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Emergence in Kingwood Township -Hunterdon County.
Many dozens seen flying and hundreds of shells in trees. Mostly seen at forest edges adjacent to crop fields. – Chris Arthur, Kingwood Township, NJ



Waiting

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I’m still waiting for these creatures to arrive. I really don’t want to see what they look like in person. I’ve heard that they can be ankle deep in some areas. Now with a big back yard like I have, and lots of trees, knowing my luck there going to be EVERYWHERE! I’ve listened to recordings and now I’m even more scared. Can’t wait to see how I’ll be able to sleep or even get out of the house! – Rachael, Green Brook, NJ



They’ve Taken Over My Neighborhood!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: For those who haven’t seen them yet – come to Maryland. The trees in my backyard (and neighborhood) have come alive with cicadas… Quite active and noisy from 7 AM – 7 PM and flying all around. My kids are intrigued, my wife was fine until one flew in her ear while walking the dogs. Saw hundreds (perhaps thousands) of nymphs crawling in the stree last night as they continue to emerge. Definetly a seen from a B-Movie. Cheers… – BJ, Ellicott City, MD



miss the cicada’s song

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: originally from north central ohio, now in north central texas…miss the song of the cicada :(

just thought you’d like to know i’m thinking of y’all. :) – karla, burleson, texas



Upper Bucks (by the Delaware river)

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: We spotted our first cicadas yesterday, on the tires of our car. They seem to like the hotter black surface to hang and molt off of. Since he racket has started further out in the terminal forest that surrounds our house, we hope more will be visible soon. At the time of the previous brood X emergence we were in Chester Springs PA, and it was a non-event. – Kurt, Upper Black Eddy PA



Their everywhere

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I go to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. They are Everywhere and they are very loud!!! Last week I must have seen about 200 on the wall of a ramp leading up to a building. Every step I take im stepping on a dead carcass! They are everywhere, loud, and gross!!!! – Annie, Bloomington, Indiana



We are INVADED!!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: We have THOUSANDS in our back yard–but at my parent’s place, a mile and a half away, they’ve had not a peep!

My husband and I stood in the back yard under the trees, and they were so loud we had to shout to be heard!

This is incredible! – Beth, Spring Mount, PA



They are all over here!!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I have millions of them in my yard, on my trees, covering the side of my house and barn. Any one that wants them can come get them. The noise is deafening! – Kathy, Southern Indiana



Yay Cicadas

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: The cicadas of Brood X are special to me because they came out when I was born and also when my mother was born. There are a lot of them here now, and their beautiful (and loud!) music is drifting into my room as I type. I am on a mission to help ciacadas in need! If I see a cicada struggling on its back I will help him/her onto a tree. Long live the cicadas (no pun intended)! – Allison, Washington DC



wow

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: there are cicadas everywhere, i cant go outside without being divebombed. and they are loud too. i actually kind of like though, people dont know what to do. – pete, cincinnati



Finally!!!!!!!!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I have been watching and tracking this message board for the last three weeks. Watching and waiting for the cicadas to come to my town. THEY ARE FINALLY HERE. I am so excited. I hate bugs but these things are incredible. – missy, Topton, PA



Population is fragmented

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: There’s a lot of cicadas in several parts in the princeton area, including my backyard and the cemetery near the Princeton Public Library. Some parts of princeton though do not have any cicadas. The cemetary smells real bad due to the fact that millions of them are dead crushed on the little roads and baking in the summer heat. Quite a lot of them have wing deformities. There’s cicada shells everywhere around the large trees. Right now the noise volume is not too bad but it’s definately quite loud, although in southern France, every summer, during the month of july, the cicadas can get extremely loud. Right now you can easily hear Magicicada septendecim in the background, seems like there very high up in the trees. In my backyard you can hear Magicicada cassini and seems like Magicicada septendecula is also present. For those of you in other parts of Jersey, seems like brood II (last seen in 1996) is much more of a nuisance then Brood X. – Alex, Princeton, New Jersey



First Evidence of Cicadas

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: We were in the yard doing some yard work today and we found about 6 or 7 cicada shells on various trees. We even found one poor soul who didn’t quite make it out of his shell before a spider got him! Still, no live cicadas to be seen, or heard…yet. – John, Anderson, Indiana



SO LOUD!!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I stood under a pear tree in my yard, and the cicadas were so loud my ears were vibrating. There are thousands in that tree. The cicadas closest to the house have a shrill screechy sound, in the distance they have a more humming type noise. Both are at a very high volume. I’m enjoying them while they are here, but also glad we don’t have them every year. – Trish, Silver Spring, MD



they’re nearby…

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: After days of rain, we’re now having hot humid weather. We live on the edge of a forested area a few miles north of Elverson,PA and we started to hear them in the distance yesterday, today the noise is louder but still seems to be coming from quite far away. This morning I found two dead adults and one empty nymph skin, but so far haven’t seen any live ones. – S.B., Southern Berks County, PA



P U!!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: It’s official. They STINK! I thought it was only happening at my mom’s because she has so so many of them. But as of this afternoon, it stinks here too. This is truly a bummer. I was really starting to enjoy them. Why do they stink so badly?

Lori – Lori, Herndon, Virginia



cicada sighting

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I have seen about a dozen adults, starting yesterday, in my yard. – robert fulton, Scio Township, Michigan (near Ann Arbor)



Cicada shells smell

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: An earlier posting asked if there was a smell to cicada shells. Yesterday I was standing under a big tree that was very popular with cicadas and there was a very strong smell; similar to crab shells that have been sitting in the sun for a couple of days. There were a lot of shells, cicadas that fell off the tree and were attacked by ants and those that were unable to emerge from their shells. When raking up the shells (preparing for a party!) it was clear that this was the source of the smell. – Joyce, Columbia, MD



A strange question…

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I know this is an odd question, but I have a little bug cage so my 3 yr old can watch these creatures up close, and when I picked up a female cicada this morning, it expelled two drops of liquid on me…..Do they do that when they are frightened??? I had no idea…Last week, I thought we would not be getting a whole lot of these insects, but they are EVERYWHERE now & I have noticed they have a strange smell to them… – Staci, Beltsville, MD



THER’RE HERE!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: The cicadas are here they came to Rising Sun first and covered the trees with shells and we go around picking them up and collecting them. They’re coming everywere!!!! BEWARE OF THE INVATION Keep young trees in cheescloth so mothers can’t lay eggs and kill them!!!!! – Samantha, Dillsboro Indiana



All three kinds!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I’ve been observing how these guys spread over my backyard woods the last few days, and as of this morning can now say I’ve heard all three Magicicadia species. The ‘buzzers’ were first (five days ago), then the ‘spaceships’ joined in (two days ago), and now the ‘phaaa-roahs’ started up. The cats think they’re fun (they think the females are tasty and the males – that chirp – are nifty toys), but I’m keeping the cats inside now, much to their annoyance. Like I want to step on cicada hairballs in the dark, if you know what I mean! …I don’t want to think about what this is going to smell like when they rot – like the garbage strikes in NYC I remember, probably – ick. Feel like I’m in my own episode of the ‘X files’. – Kat Nell, Bloomington, IN



Holy Molting, Batman!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: We took the kids to Batelle Darby Creek Park in Central Ohio yesterday, and boy did we pick the right day! There were hundreds, thousands of cicadas just emerging from the ground and shedding their skins. The trees were absolutely covered with cas-off brown skins, and milky-white, newly-emerged cicadas were working their way up the trees. The kids were astounded. – DuffyMoon, Columbus, Ohio



Yee Haw!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I drove out to my mother’s in Alexandria/Franconia last weekend (5-15) to see the cicadas because there weren’t any at my house, 25 miles west of her.

But I got up the next morning and I could hear them very faintly in the distance. Each day they got louder and louderand more and more of their little armor suits appeared. And now it’s official, I have cicadas!!

This is my 2nd go round with them for my lifetime to date and I don’t remember them being this loud 17 years ago. I can hear them from inside the house with the air conditioner running and the music playing.

They start their day with their consistant humming sound and as the day grows, they get louder and louder and more high pitched. It actually sounds like they’re mating when they really start shreeking. But the constant hum is always present in the bachground. I am truly amazed at how loud they are!

I love it. I’m sure it’ll grow old in another week or so, but it happens so rarely in a person’s lifetime that I think we should enjoy them while they’re here.

Lori in Herndon Virginia – Lori, Herndon, Virginia



They’re here!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I found a cicada ‘shell’ yesterday, and today have seen several cicadas, but not swarms yet. We are located near Hellertown, PA. – JenniferP, Easton, PA (Williams Township)



Southern Indiana

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Here in Bloomington, Indiana, they’ve been coming out in earnest for about 12 days, and, at least in the cooler places, there seems to be no end of them yet. This morning I again saw hundreds of new ones in my backyard that had emerged during the night.

The sound, which is of course still getting louder every day as the numbers increase, is awesome. You can easily distinguish the calls of the three species, though septendecula sometimes get drowned out by the other two, which are apparently more numerous. – Mike Gasser, Bloomington, Indiana



What an amazing thing! Like a giant car alarm

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: The cicadas have been here for more than a week and my dogs are in snacking heaven! I have to keep an eye on them or they will get very sick. The noise is unbelieveable, so prehistoric and wonderful. Today they are thicker than ever and yesterday while cutting the grass (I hear they are attracked to the lawn mower noise) one flew into my mouth. Yuk! Today they are flying around like crazy, bumping into everything! I have to make a run for my car to go visit family that don’t have the cicadas yet, about 5 miles away. Weird huh? – Mary, Louisville, Kentucky



Deafening!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I cannot believe how loud these things are….they really hit their stride yesterday afternoon, when the temp. reached near 90. Still loud in the house with all the windows shut. And this morning at 5:45, I could hear that metallic hum starting. – Cathy, Cincinnati (Silverton), Ohio



None here

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I remember hearing that cicada species don’t overlap on territories, so I don’t know if western Prince William County is home to another brood, but in my neighborhood which is heavily wooded, there are no cicadas, but when I head eastbound into Fairfax County, there they are! – Andrew D, Haymarket, VA



full swing

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: The cicadas are loud, proud and many. The community and surrounding area has been extensively developed in the last 17 years, but has swaths of untouched land, so we have quite a number of cicadas. Some of our pre-invasion worries have not come true and I thought I’d share in case anyone else is still awaiting their emergence and has some similar worries.

So far kids’ soccer games have not been impacted. The bugs usually stay higher up in the trees and at least in our area there aren’t many old trees left by the soccer fields. My daily walks have not been affected. I thought I’d have to curtail walks as I hate flying bugs hitting me, but none have hit me so far. I do have tons flying around in my backyard as I back to woods, but I don’t think they would interfere with a barbecue if I were to have one. I’ve found three on my deck, but they’ve just flopped around helplessly. And while some dogs like to eat them and my boss’s cat has gone nuts wanting to go outside all the time to catch them, my finicky terrier won’t eat them. He does like to torture them (poor things), but that’s it. – Jane, Ashburn, VA



1st sighting

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I didn’t really see them. What I found were a couple of their shells they left behind, plus the holes they came out of. I looked on the trees and didn’t see them. Coulda been there or coulda got eaten by something. I’ve been checking regularly and this is the 1st sign that they are on their way. It rained 4inches on Friday so ground is very soft. – Tim Hamilton, Grove City, OH



NONE HERE

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: none yet.. Anybody see them on LI? – scott, Eastern Long Island



Ivy League Cicadas

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: If it were not for my friend Lori, I wouldn’t have known what this HUGE bug was that flew by me in downtown Princeton. That afternoon as I drove home, I heard this constant humming sound which I thought was a saw from a construction site but as I drove further out of town, the sound did not go away. Perhaps they’re looking for a better education!! – Cathy, Princeton



Still waiting

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I thought maybe I heard one today but only one. A cicada expert at the University of Michigan (now retired) says that Washtenaw County should see millions this year, especially in the northeast and northwest parts of Ann Arbor. Maybe now that the storms have passed, they’ll come out. – Neil Richards, Ann Arbor, Michigan



“They’re on our doorstep!”

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: None in Ephrata, but went hiking near Mt. Gretna and they’re out, noise and all. Can’t wait! – Tom Wettach, Ephrata, Pa.



Hmm

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Just wondering if anyone around here has seen any….i’m starting to think this is some kind of orson welles deal because i have not seen any hordes of insects…let me know! – Tracy, Dover, DE



cicadas everywhere

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Already a stinking mess in Cincinnati plastered on the pavement and piled corpses at the bases of trees. They are just emerging in the northern Centerville and southern Kettering areas. found none in the sugarcreek area yet. What a sight to see I have been watching and photographing the emergence for the last week from cincy to Dayton – Larry Hill, Kettering Ohio



None Yet!!!!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Kinda want to get it over with! – Alan, Hauppauge. Long Island

Older Posts »