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June 8, 2004

May 25th to June 8th 2004 Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X,Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 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://zikade.world.coocan.jp/Zikade.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, Comments & Social — Dan @ 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 25, 2004

May 23rd – May 25th 2004 Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X,Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 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

May 23, 2004

May 19th – May 23rd 2004 Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X,Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:32 am

None Yet!!!!

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Kinda want to get it over with! — Alan, Hauppauge. Long Island



Where are they

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: I have been watching for them everyday. Nothing yet here =( — Frank, Toledo, Ohio



Awaiting the Wonderous Cicadas

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Many storms here over the last week, lots of flooding in S.E. Michigan, cool soil tempertures. Hopefully the babies are in waiting. Envious of those who are now in the midst. Searched in southern Washtenaw County..none so far. Can’t wait for an emergence of Brood X nearby my location in western Wayne County. Has anybody seen them yet in S. E. Mich? And shame on the Humans that are doing the Magic Cicadas harm…watch that your Karma doesn’t whip back around at you. Respect their life. — Deb, Western Wayne County, Mi.



airport invation

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: hey they are at cvg (airport) they love apu’s on planes and ac units — drew, hebron ky



TN Cicadas…

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Hey, East TN – if ya’ll don’t care,
just keep them there – it’s quiet
in southern middle-TN, so far!
(fingers crossed, of course!) — Annette, Summertown, TN (Lawrence County)



Cicadas are still awake even at night

Date: Sunday, May/23/2004

Message: Its almost Midnight on Saturday Night.I went outside and just observed at least a Hundred or more still Singing on the pavement of my street in front of my house under the Street Light.It seems that they are attracted to light at night which explains why there are so many out on my front step in the Morning after leaving the front light on all night.I Dont remember this in 87 — Ron and Mary, Annandale, Virginia



Noise is peaking here in southern Indiana

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Incredible noise in some areas of town today. Out in the Hoosier Nat’l Forest today the background drone gave the eerie feeling of a Japanese monster movie. I suppose it might get louder yet, but it’s hard to imagine. — Mike, Bloomington, IN



epicenter in princeton new jersey

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Took a ride through Princeton today and opened the window…could hear them buzzing and vibrating like there was a UFO hovering overhead. I got out of my car and walked around. I looked at this one tree which may just have been the epicenter of all cicada activity in Princeton…there must have been upwards over 100000 cicada casings on just one tree…other trees in the vicinity were also mightily covered. I saw lots of dried dead cicadas on the sidewalk and driveways. I also saw something interesting…dead cicads which were half way out of their molting process…they were dried up…I guess something happened during the molting process that prevented them from finishing it and they just dried out.

I was quite amazing to hear their shrills in the air. It sounded like two distinct waves of noise…one was the general chirping and the second was the UFO type noise like it was hovering overheard and vibrating back and forth. I live about 10 miles north in Belle Mead and none have made it there so I think Princeton and Skillman which is a couple miles north is as far as they will get. — mark, belle mead, nj



OMG

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: I live in the Cresent Hill area of Louisville and we are crawling (and flying and crunching). They are everywhere!!! This area of Louisville and the Highlands seems to be very popular with brood X. Must be all the old houses. We have been seeing more of the bats from Cave Hill flying around. Soon they will be too heavy to fly from all the crunch and munch. — Lisa, Louisville, KY



I still haven’t seen any cicadas!!!

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: In response to the 5/18 entry from Debbie from Middlesex, NJ: Have you heard of anybody seeing them around here? I haven’t seen any and I’m not looking forward to it at all. In the paper it said that the epicenter for them is Princeton. Has anyone heard anything similar? Thanks. — Tracy, Middlesex, NJ



Strange cicada emergence in new jersey

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: You can go a full circle around princeton, NJ and not find a single cicada but in and around the university campus there are millions of them. Maybe there’s some kind of funny microclimate there? Or perhaps they’ve died out in areas around princeton? — alan w., new jersey



Green Lane Park PA–They’ve Arrived!

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Last week I was visiting Arlington VA–and they were hatching. Next morning they were in full cry. I couldn’t believe their awesome sound!! I was thoroughly enchanted by these weird lovestruck critters. But I didn’t think we’d get them here in Suburban Philly area because I don’t recall them from 87. Today I went up to Green Lane Park and there they were!! It seemed to be a different species. The ones in VA had a lovely mellow tone–these sounded more shrill. They were very heavy in this one field by Rt 29, and I went to look. I saw a huge number of dead ones around the bottom of trees. A lot of them looked deformed. I was kind of worried, maybe the environmental pollutants are harming them? — Laura , Oaks PA



None here.

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: There are no signs of anything Cicada here. Planning a trip to Cincinnati next weekend to hang with the cicadas instead. — Josh , Ferndale, MI (Just north of Detroit)



Do cicada’s smell?

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: We have tons of cicada’s in our yard and we have been noticing a terrible smell lately. We are worried that there is an animal that died that we can’t find but is is possible that it could be an odor from all of the cicadas? We seem to have noticed it in other areas of our neighborhood as well. Does anyone have any info? — Kristen, Rockville, MD



Can’t wait to see you!

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: I’m not a friend of creepy crawlies, but I’m excited to see them emerge.
So far I haven’t seen even one. I will take pictures of this event and send them to friends all over the world!

— Ilona, Grove City,Ohio



Tey’re everywhere, they’re everywhere

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: There seems to be millions of them. I live in a wooded area and they are all over everything. We saw a lot of them comming out of the shell last night & it looks like they have none or almost no wings at all. Saw a lot of them in different stages, was a very interesting show! — Carol, Coopersburg, PA



Pump up the volume

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: They really cranked it up today just north of Baltimore. I live on the 6th floor of an apt. building right next to the beltway and they were louder than the traffic. The noise seemed to start to taper off around 7 pm and they were silent by sunset (8:20 here today). Interesting creatures and all, but the noise is gonna get old pretty soon I suspect. — greg, Towson, Md.



Millions!!! Cicada

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Unbelievable! Louder than a chain Saw!!! Trees That were 25 ft apart appear now to connect! This is my 3rd time I’ve seen them in my life. There are so many at my place of employment they cannot all fit into the trees. They have spilled onto the roadway to be pulverized by autos. I have never witnessed so many. It is only their 3 rd day coming out. Dayton Ky is 3 miles southeast of Cincinnati Ohio. — runninmn, Dayton, Ky.



What is so awesome about these ugly things??!

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: My daughter and I went walking around Ft. Benjamin Harrison, and they were everywhere! It wasn’t until I remembered reading an article earlier this week that I realized what they were. Some of my daughter’s classmates were telling her about them as well. I don’t like the summer bugs that come every year, let alone these nasty things! So, I am limited to the outdoors until the end of June! — Traci, Indianapolis IN



Small emergence-Delaware

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: We have had a small emergence of cicadas here in my backyard, but so far, I have heard but one or two. I think that most may have been eaten by birds? Have tons of birds out back. About 2 miles away, just on the border of Elkton MD and Delaware, there have been many, many more. The loud humming sound is audible from a mile or so away. — shishypat, Newark, DE



They’re here

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: I read a message that the Cicadas weren’t visible on campus two days ago. I just moved here from Minnesota and we never have Cicadas. But they are definitely visible now! Holy cow! — MG, Miami University



None here!

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Someone from this area posted these 17 year cicadas in Massachusetts, but as far as I can tell there are NONE in New England. Not even sure if there are any as far north as NJ. — Tom Aloisi, Bridgewater, MA (southeastern Mass)



So loud

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: I woke this morning to the sound–I was sure someone had left the water running somewhere. I searched all over the house, but no faucets were running. I opened the front door and sound hit me. I live within 200ft of a major Interstate highway, yet the cicadas drowned out the sound of the traffic. Amazing. — Anita, Arlington, Virginia



There here

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Finally found my first cicada’s here on Long Island……….yippy — Paul, Deer Park NY



Finally!!

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Finally arrived on the northeast side. State Road 37 and 71st Street. Small emergance so far, we will see how it goes. — Kim, Indianapolis IN



Big emergence ’round here

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: The cicadas started emerging about two weeks or so ago in Annandale (suburb of Washington, DC), and I think they may have hit their peak this weekend. There are literally millions of them – you cannot walk down the street without running into hundreds and hundreds. And the discarded shells are also everywhere. They are so LOUD!

This is pretty cool, but I am also glad to know they will be gone by the end of June. Squished cicadas are pretty icky. And one crawled up the leg of my jeans – ugh! — Siobhan Green, Annandale, VA



kevin rasmussen, where exactly?

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: just where are the across from belle isle? anywhere in particular? i need to go and find some… — minda, detroit ‘burb



Thank God!!!…

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: I’m very glad we don’t have them around here — swarms of insects like that, however harmless they may be, just creep me out!!! — Kristin, Everett, MA



They’re FINALLY here!

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Last week I posted that I haven’t seen or heard any and was VERY disappointed about it. I’ve been walking my dog every day searching for them in the woods nearby.
This morning, I opened the front door and could hear them VERY well coming from the wooded hill nearby. It’s an AWESOME sound!!!
We drove this morning around town to look for them. They can be heard very well on Riva Road in Annapolis.
I wish I could get some photos of them emerging out of their exoskeletons.
— Varda, Arnold, Cape St. Claire



Cicada Invasion

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Our back yard is full of cicadas. I was surprised to see so many since we live in town. Our home is 100 years old though and we have an old oak tree in our back yard. At night our yard is fully covered with them with only an inch or two between them. Of a morning our back door and steps are covered with them. They are on everything. The worst part is that the smell of them is starting to get nauseous. — Debra, North Vernon,IN USA



Stonewall Manor filled with cicada crooning

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Today (May 22) the cicadas were in full song in my Stonewall Manor neighborhood. Sitting on my deck, I could barely hear the neighbor’s lawn mower over the cicada singing. We are near the I-495/I-66 interchange, and normally the interstate traffic can be heard from my deck, but not today. Even the noise from the jet airplanes heading to National Airport are mostly drowned out by the cicadas. I was in Falls Church in 1987, but don’t remember them being this loud. It’s very impressive. — Mike, Vienna, VA



Cicadas are Here & Noisy!!

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Hi everyone…during the past two days the number and noise level of the cicadas have increased dramatically in the woods behind our house. Their symphony is at the highest level at the hottest part of the day, about 3 to 4 p.m. or so. Our Border Collie ate his first cicada last night on the porch…apparently, he really enjoyed the experience!

It continues to be absolutely fascinating. I’ll be sad when it is all over!! — Cheryl VanDaalen, Falls Creek, Louisville, Kentucky



Cicadas on key.

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: The cicadas have been singing their song here in this part of East TN since around May 22. Their steady song seems to fill the nearby wood. — TennTom, Blount County, Tennessee,USA



I haven’t seen any here..

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: I wonder if I’ll be seeing any cicadas around here. Part of me finds the fact that swarms of these things taking over my town is kind of cool. Another part of me is creeped out, because one bug alone is creepy enough! If they end up showing up here in high numbers, I will totally freak out! Ha-It’ll probably look like that movie “The Birds!”lol!-and at least my cats will have fun! — Cait, Bergan County, NJ



How much longer????

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Does anyone know when our unwanted visitors will be leaving or at least becoming dormant? These things are driving me nuts – they’re just plan nasty.

— Elan, Fairfax, Virginia



You can have mine, I have plenty!!!

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: The Cicadas have taken over my property!!! I dont even want to cut the grass right now!!! I should wait till they quite down and do it at night to see how they like that!!! If anyone wants to take these bugs for research you are more than welcome to them. One condition, YOU MUST TAKE THEM ALL!!! — David, Knoxville TN



cicadas everywhere

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: today has been the most exciting day so far… they are busily buzzing all over the place, its very loud. I live off a golf course with lots of trees and I can’t imagine how the golfers are concentrating on their game. My friend and I went for a walk and practically had to yell to be heard! — nikki, reston, va



Noisy Cicadas

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: First week of May i did not Know what this noise was,and it was very loud and you new there was alot of them. I thaught at first bats but then i saw a story on good morning america. I then took a good look out in the back yard and sure enough it was cicadas. Hundreds if not thousands…This was the first week of May and they only started around dusk and went till 5 in the morning…Now you still hear them but theres not as many, you can tell the differnce….The Cicadas are in a garden that has a few trees around it on one side of the house but there not any where else around the house.I’ve never had such a noise keep me up through the night,the bed room windows are on the side of the house that looks into the garden…. — michelle, (nonquit,)So.Dartmouth.Ma.



Cicadia Sighting

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: Saw a few starting about a week ago.
This morning there were several hundred on and around the sycamore trees in our front yard. — Walt Mills, Springfield OH



ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: This is the first time I’ve experienced this chaos. They are freaking me out. They don’t really serve much purpose, but I suppose this is pretty cool:
My husband called our local fly-fishing shop and asked if they thought he could use them as bait & if trout (and the like) will eat the cicadas….He replied “The trout should be pounding them once they figure it out!” He also said they should be huge in the fall. I imagine several other species of animals will enjoy gorging themselves and having a good healthy year. So at least they are good for something.
At the very least, just think of it as a ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET FOR MOTHER NATURE!!
— Paula, Reisterstown, MD



Tool using cicadas??

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: I live in an old sea captain’s house on Barnegat Bay. There is a 130 year old Elm tree in the yard and from the amount of mud chimneys, we are expecting a shipload of bugs. However, our chimneys have sticks pulled into the holes, and even some green leaves. The sticks are up to 8 inches tall, some are little twigs,pointing staight up, very unnaturally, all over the place.The sticks go into the ground at least an inch. Our soil is sandy, could they use these sticks to maintain an air tunnel when it rains? — Heide, Waretown, NJ.



They’re Here

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: They have come to Bedford. Although my house is a new construction and I feel many were killed during excavation, I have talked to folks to have tons around their homes. — Erick, Bedford, PA



None Yet?

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: I live in Mooresville, IN about 40 miles north or Bloomington and I have yet to see any. I am starting to get depressed because I am pumped up for the invasion. The way everybody (media) talked is that they all come out pretty much the same time. The ground temps are far past 64 degrees and we have had lots of rain this week so the conditions are prime. I just hope they save the best for last. Good Cicada Hunting. — Tyler Martin, Mooresville, Indiana



Cicadas in Dandridge

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: I’ve been actively searching and the only concentration of Cicadas that I’ve found in Tennessee were 30 miles or so southeast of Knoxville in Dandridge. Even there, thry were mostly spotty and while definitely loud they were for the most part all in the treetops being camera shy. — Fred Hallman, Nashville, Tennessee



Cicadas on South Mountain

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message: We’ve been hearing Brood X for about a week or 10 days now, all over the mountain. I wnet into an area where many are emerging, and their nymph ‘husks’ are on trees by the hundreds per tree. I don’t think it’s at a peak yet. So far, I have neither seen or heard them in the valley nearer Hagerstown. I don’t know why, just probably havent found the right place. — Greg , Hagerstown, Wash. Co. MD



Clusters

Date: Saturday, May/22/2004

Message:
this is not the huge emergence we were hoping for but for the last two nights we have seen several thousand in a small cluster of woods next to our property. nymphs, adults, and all in between on low shrubs headed for the treetops. they’re getting louder, it’s a nice sound. — Big Daddy G, Gambrills, MD



See what?

Date: Friday, May/21/2004

Message: I have seen where a few people in my surrounding area have seen a few, but nothing here so far, I do leave outside of town in the country area of D-ville, but nothing so far.
I have been waiting, so I can show my kids what I got to see when I was their age!
On another note, I do think dogs can hear them coming! My dog seems to dig a lot lately too, she has been nose to the ground, digging since last week or so. Being as she is only a little over 4 pounds, she will be more scared of them then they are of her, it should be good for a laugh if she gets to see them in full force! — Kathleen, Duncansville, Blair County, Central PA



cicadas are weird

Date: Friday, May/21/2004

Message: hi, i woke up one morning to find shells all over the tires of my car. and that droning sound is so annoying. i live in front of a wooded area. anyways, i think they are on the trees somewhere now because i dont see them crawling in the grass anymore.

also, i’ve always wondered what was the point of the cicada life cycle. they are born larvae, live in the ground for 17 years, come out and die. that must be a great life… — Drew, Rockville (Montgomery CO), Maryland



Sitting Ducks

Date: Friday, May/21/2004

Message: I have been closely observing the emergence of cicadas here over the past few nights. I am struck by how vulnerable they are for such an extended length of time – molting out in the open. I figured that since most of them emerge at night, they avoid most predators, like birds.

Tonight I found one emerging on my screen door, with a large droplet of dark, almost black fluid dangling off it. Closer examination revealed that they are, in fact, succeptible to predators. While the Cicada was partially emerged, a soldier beetle simply began feeding on it, releasing a lot of liquid. Undoubtedly, the cicada must use that fluid to expand it’s body, cracking and emerging from its shell –

There must be a lot of soldier beetles feasting this week! — Richard, Rockville, MD



Dead cicadas everywere

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: Ugh, the sidewalks are disgusting with smashed cicadas everywhere. At one point I looked down today and there were at least 20 cicadas within inches of my feet. — Taylor, Washington, DC



they are everywhere

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: Well, I’ve got about 20000 in my back yard, and the yards not the big. Don’t go out there barefoot! They are crawling everywhere tonight and falling out of the trees. Awesome, but creepy too. — Zach Winning, West Carrollton (Dayton), Montgomery CO, OH



Woo-hoo!!! At last they are here!

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: Yesterday I saw my first Brood X cicada near Berea, KY in a wooded area — could hear many singing, but only found one down near the ground.. It seems a pretty light emergence so far in central KY. Then today (after appearing on the morning news as a cicada “expert”) I found my first live cicada here in Lexington, right on the lawn of the Living Arts and Science Center! I took it inside to show it to my fellow workers — they had decided I was making up this whole story of cicadas, since we’d seen none so far. I breathed a sigh of relief since I am creating a small cicada exhibit to interpret the emergence — I was worried we’d see nothing here.

So this all got me so excited that I went and got my son out of preschool early and drove up to Cincinnati for the evening to see the BIG emergence in my sister’s backyard near College Hill. Thousands and thousands of cicadas everywhere!!! What a thrill. Now I have dozens of nymph shells to put in the exhibit. We’re having a cicada celebration on Saturday at the Living Arts and Science Center — we’ll be making “cicada time capsules” and cicada origami, among other things. Hopefully I’ll have completed my giant paper mache cicada by then! — Roberta Burnes, Lexington, KY



I’ve seen a few, but mostly just wings…

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I first posted on May 16th and I hadn’t seen one. Then a friend that lives in Hyattsville brought one over in a water bottle so I could see one up close and personal. The red eyes creep me out, but they are kind of cute. I’ve seen a few near Route 1 and Cypress Street (near Best Buy and Safeway), but none near my house. I think the birds know where they are though because every night I come home from work there are dozens of wings and heads on my sidewalk, walkway and front step. I haven’t heard them yet, but if they are in Beltsville like some of the posts say, I’m sure I’ll be able to hear them in the distance once they start their mating call. — Ayanna, Laurel, MD



Cicada Shells spotted at Miami University grounds

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: Crunchy shells underfoot on my way to class…they look just like the photos…haven’t heard or seen any flying during the day however, YET! :) — A.M. , Oxford, Ohio



No Cicadas yet :)

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: Have yet to see or hear any emergence in the area. I wasn’t here in ’87 but it seems like a place that would have them. Its an older fully wooded community. I have several trees that are well over 100 years old. Maybe all of the shade keeps the ground cooler. I’ll be bummed if we don’t have any…. — Steve, Cape St Claire, MD (Bay Bridge)



they’re here ….

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: The cicadas started emerging here on May 12, started flying and “humming” on the 17th.Every day the noise gets louder and the shells and newly emeging cicadas litter my garden. The sound could drive me over the edge.I live in a heavily wooded area, and the noise is deafening. Let me just turn my radio up a little louder.. — Megan, Sharpsburg, Maryland



Nothing to report

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I’ve been looking but not a one seen in yard or in parks near by. — Dave Douglas, Grove City, OH



When are they coming?

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: Can anyone say when they will emerge here in North-Central Jersey? — Kevin, Morris County, NJ



None Yet

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: If anyone has seen any in Yardley, PA, please give your section and what you see! — Sharon, West Acres in Yardley, PA



Whre can I find Cicada’s in Ohio

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I live in Medina, OH 30 miles southwest of Cleveland.
I am looking for the closest spot whre I can find Brood x cicada’s.
Thanks:
Gary — Gary, Medina



They’re here, too

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I have hundreds of them around my house. They started coming out within the last few days. We’ve had a lot of storms the last week and I’ve found the poor things hanging backwards from the trees, knocked off by the rain. They don’t appear very smart, and can’t navigate during flight worth a darn, but it has been fun watching them. Sure, they are making a mess in the yard and my dog is barfing them up on the couch, but I guess can handle it every 17 years.

— Natalie, Winchester, VA



Think I might have seen my first…

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: Looks like there’s a nymph dangling from a leaf just outside the entrance to my office. I just hope I don’t have to clean up the walkway every day to rid my path of shells and carcasses! — Dr. Jayson Levine, Cincinnati, OH



Waiting patiently and hoping

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: According to the news reports, the Cicadas have been seen in the Scranton area and Mountaintop. But none here yet. I’m about 50 miles north and east of Scranton. I’m hoping they will emerge here. I love the Cicada, and their “summer chorus.” We don’t have the common variety up here either, that is why I’m hoping this brood will arrive. The Cicada brings back many good and happy memories of my childhood, down in the countryside a little north of Philadelphia. I really miss them. — Sandra Knapp, Lake Como, Northeast Pa.



Haven’t seen one!

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I keep waiting for the gross, red-eyed buggers to appear around us since everyone else I know has been infested for a few days now. I’m guessing maybe the northeast suburbs are slower to emerge… hopefully that means we’ll have fewer! — Jamie, Loveland, OH



Cicada eater!

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I read the article about the yellow wasp that lays eggs in the cicada, but I have seen a BLACK wasp attacking a cicada. It clung onto it and bit off one of the wings, then flew away. It came back and wrestled the cicada off its leaf and subdued it on the ground. It thn proceeded to rip off legs and fly off to eat them, then scissored open the abdomen. When I came back later I saw only a hollow thorax with four legs. I dont theink the wasp laid its eggs in it… ^_^ — Luke, Howard County, MD



Coming out in moderate numbers in Valley Forge

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: First couple showed up on 5/15 in the sunniest SE-facing spots here (Valley Forge Mountain.) For the last few days they’ve started to emerge in the shadier areas above the slope and under the trees. Still not in huge numbers, but just walking past the gardens this morning I saw 10 or 15 drying their wings, and many more cases. This is mostly-undisturbed oak forest (last logged >70 years ago I’d guess), so I’d imagine it’s close to ideal habitat. — Randell Jesup, Malvern, PA



Still no Cicadas

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: Still have not spotted a single cicada. The rains over this past week have probably kept them underground for now. I’m sure that once it gets sunny again, they will be on the move. — Mike H., Phoenixville, PA (Valley Forge, PA)



They are all over

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: We are next door to a orcard and they are all over this place. — Rebel, Elkton Md



They’re here

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I saw a few in my yard last night for the first time. I am at zip code 19539. — Sue, Fredericksville, PA, Berks County



Ode To The Cicada

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: Who’s ‘afraida’ a little old Cicada?
We only get to see ’em every 17 years– Kinda makes ya wanna break out in tears!–So fear not when you behold their beady red eyes–For soon enough you’ll come to realize–The insect that tunnels its way through the ground–Just a little while longer will not be found–And if you should almost step on one accidently–Just pick it up nicely and say to it most gently: Oh Cicada, I’m sorry I almost squashed the life from you–And be very glad, for there’s no cicada goo on yer shoe!–The Cicada gets out there and sings its mating song–For it knows deep down it doesn’t have long–You see, the Cicada needs to be findin’ a mate–And it can’t be wastin’ precious time… no, it can’t be late!–So when you hear the Cicadas all ’round you there–Just keep your head down and them outta yer hair–For they will clumsily flutter into your path–How many of ’em you see?–You do the math! I’ve heard it said that they’re fine for cookin’–Man, they’re so ugly they’re kinda good lookin’!–But to eat the flesh of this beady red-eyed bug?–I’d rather fry me up a slimy garden slug!–Oh Cicada, Cicada… as you fly though the air–It’s okay, you can alight on me… if you so care–For I won’t be ‘afraida’ a little old Cicada–So see ya ’round next time…
See ya ‘lata’ Cicada! — Lauri Clapper, White Post, VA



are we gonna get some of this X

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: hey, i was wondering if anybody knows if the brood will reach Western Long Island? The news around here mentions it, but there doesnt seem to be much action. If someone could leave a message to let us know it would be great, WE want in on some of this action 2! — Joe , Nassau County, Long Island NY



I WISH THEY WOULD GET HERE!!

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I am in lower York County Pa right above nicey-niceeysville Md and I have not found a single one!! We are waiting anxiously!! I did find some yesterday in Reistertown Md outside the Boston Market. They were all over the trees and ground but not an insane amount. — Vicki, GLEN ROCK YORK COUNTY PA



Cicada free

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: Not a one here. Not that I’ve seen, at least. I lived in PA 17 years ago and remember them well. — Tony, Raleigh, NC



Brood X in da house

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: Well, not really ‘in da house’, at least not yet. Hasn’t stopped my 4-year old from wanting to bring in some of his ‘buddies’ as he calls them. His daycare in Delhi is inundated with them, all over the parking lot, their playground area, etc. The birds are getting confused as they don’t know which one to chase next, they are a bit overwhelmed (and probably full). I bought a Cicadanator just for kicks. — beer_advocate, Cincinnati, OH



Heard them but yet to see them…

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I’ve heard them but I have yet to see them.. Actually yes I saw one flying arounf buts that it. When are the cicadas going to take full effect?! I am waiting and keep going outside to see whther there all around or not haha! Please let me know if there are any sightings around cause I am right by the Somerset border so we should get some here! — Jason, Union County, NJ



first cicada

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I saw the first blimpy, bumbling cicada yesterday evening but the surround woods resound with their noise. — marianne, ashland, va



im still waiting………

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: hello, has anyone from the lancaster county area spotted any cicadas yet? im anxiously waiting to catch one! im in the city so maybe i need to get out to the county? thanks…. — fasteddie, lancaster pa



Cicadas have taken over my yard!

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I noticed a bunch over last weekend clinging to grass and the house,but now they have absolutely covered the ground and trees in my yard.Oddly enough i haven’t seen many in the front of the house but the backyard is covered.They’ve been emerging from their shells over the past few days but not much noise yet.The sheer number of them is amazing and i guess i still have the noise and smell to look forward to. — Mike, Newark,DE



hatching on the rivers edge

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: i heard one on monday may 17th and then several today the 19th. i live on the Detroit river across from Belle Isle.

— kevin rasmussen, detroit, mi,



Why Are People Happy About Cicadas?

Date: Thursday, May/20/2004

Message: I can’t believe some of the posts here. How can anyone be excited about seeing something so ugly? All cicadas do is make noise, fly around and make our lives miserable until they mate and perish.

The cicadas i have seen in reston have been dead.

However every morning you can hear the loud roar.

I will be glad when this is over. — joe, reston, va



No cicadas yet

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: I have not seen any cicadas yet. I have heard them since Monday and they are getting louder. Maybe they will skip my area. One can only hope. — Debbie, Severna Park MD



Any Delaware sightings yet?

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: I was hoping we’d get them here, though we’re just on the border of the area indicated by the maps. Has anyone heard of any sightings in lower Delaware? When is the last date we can expect them — as in, if we don’t have them by that day we’re not going to get them? — Leslie, Sussex County, DE



Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: They are starting to appear, i have them all over my barn. — Tate, white hall,md(harford county)



None yet….

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: So far I haven’t seen any here in Corvette City. My apartment complex is pretty new, though, so I’m guessing that moving all the dirt around probably got rid of brood X in this area… I don’t hear any outside yet. I’m moving back home to eastern KY this weekend. We’ll see if there’s any more over there. Haven’t heard anything from my dad about them yet. I remember Brood XIV from 1991. They were really thick then. — Ty Martin, Bowling Green, KY



Here But Not Hear

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Here in East Tennessee we seem to have a rather spotty emergence going on. Some areas, esp. in parts of Knoxville, are seeing the predicted hordes, and hearing the din. However, at my location, there is little to get excited about yet. I went out driving today, and found a somewhat sparse chorous about 2 miles to my east, at Haw Ridge. I am told that slightly further east (Powel), things are buzzing. I have my fingers crossed, but am afraid there may be no calls of “Pharrrroooo” in my neighborhood. — John DeMelas, Oak Ridge, TN



Locations

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Does anyone know whether or not the Cicadas are native to Brown County? I am looking forward to seeing them in my own home town, but I am not sure as to whether they are even in this particular area. Any help with this question would be appreciated! — Darrin, Brown County, Oh



ground zero?

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: ann arbor, ground zero? wow. i’m near there. havent seen anything. maybe more south, towards the ohio border there are some? — minda, detroit ‘burb, michigan



cicadas 10 miles south of here, but not here….yet

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: my mom lives 10 miles south of here and has had cicadas for about 5 days. We have some park areas nearby loaded with oaks and maples and no cicadas yet. Could that be because we’ve had more rain recenlty? Do you think our cicadas will be sounding out soon?
Joanne — Joanne, Bel Air, Md



cicadas in New York

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: starting to see cicadas in Warick New York — Ken, Warwick, New York



THERE COVERING MY HOME

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: ABOUT 6PM YEASTERDAY WE SWEPT THEM OFF THE WALKWAY AND PORCH , BY 11 THEY CAME BACK WITH ABOUT A MILLIONS FRIENDS. YUK! — J TIPTON, BOND HILL, CINCINNATI



for Debbie in Seattle

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Hi! There’s a TV station in Philadelphia (WPVI) that broadcast a cicada story from Princeton, NJ last night at 5 PM. The cicadas were everywhere and singing quite loudly (very cool)! I know they have a website, but don’t know if there are video archives of stories. Check it out and see what you get. Good luck! — Priscilla, Smithville, NJ



Fairfax…yes….Lessburg…no

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: I have seen tons of Cicada’s where I work in Fairfax. Just this morning one was sitting next to me on the front steps of my office building. But I haven’t seen any out by my house in Leesburg. This worries me, does this mean they will come in droves?
I better be ready for them to make an appreance soon! — Anne, Leesburg, VA



Any one in NYC see then yet?

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Has anyone in New York City, especially Brooklyn, seen any Cicada’s yet?
Just wondering. I hope we’ll get them here. — Allison, Brooklyn, NY



Memorial Day Weekend in Darien, CT

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: My daughter’s getting married outdoors on May 30 in Darien, CT. Are we likely to be cicadaless? — Craig Miller, Milwaukee, WI



Memorial Day Weekend in Darien, CT

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: My daughter’s getting married outdoors on May 30 in Darien, CT. Are we likely to be cicadaless? — Craig Miller, Milwaukee, WI



they’re coming!

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: I went and walked the dog this morning and there are hundreds of chimney holes under the trees! Haven’t seen any cicadas yet but I’m gonna go looking tonight. Should see them any day now. — Kyle, North Wales, PA



THIS IS UNREAL (PLEASE READ) and comment!

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: This is great. each day my apartment has more and more. still metamorphasizing at dusk. at night the sidewalks look like its moving BECAUSEe soooo many mymphs crawling. this is unreal. i was a skeptic at first the the scientists were right cincinnati does have all 5 billion of 3 species of brood x this year. go bengals!, go REDS, Go BROOD X CICADAS!(SMILE) — misscube, cincinnati ohio(pleasant ridge)



those things are everywhere

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: where do they go after the emerge? we seen 100 crawling to the trees hae not seen any flying yet tho — bobbie saylor, cincinnati(landen) deerfeild township



only one lonely cicada…….

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: I saw my first cicada yesterday morning. I found the shell clinging near my back door, and then looked up to find the culprit who came out of the shell. I see reports that they are out in Howard Co, but I have not seen anything except this one. When will the madness begin? I hope not during my party Memorial Day weekend! — Kim, Glenelg, MD



cicads crawling everywhere!!!!!

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: im a 31 year old mother of one..yesterday me and my son was sitting outside moms and i knew the bugs was coming and all so we had just got talking about the bugs when we looked on some flowers and saw the shells i was some exited but it gave me the chills… well later on that night my moms whole entire block was outside and we came out with flashlights and i mean everywhere they was coming out of the ground all over the pace .. me i was creeped out because its been since i was 13 or so since i remember them and i never remembered this,..,. but they was everywhere crawling to find there ways to the branches it was like ants back to back going up the tree like 20 at a time and they was everywhere………… — bobbie, maineville ohio (cincinnati}



Update From North Springfield, Virginia

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: I first reported back on 9 May. My yard is now a virtual blanket of Cicadas and their shells are covering everything (walls, trees, brooms,rakes, shoes). I swept up a 2-foot wide pile the other day, only to awake the following morning to have the patio covered again. Their mating call is now at a low roar. Their novelty has worn off, and I’m OVER THEM. — Angie, North Springfield, Virginia



None here

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: We were camping in Elizabethtown this past weekend and the cicadas were emerging everywhere. Me grandchildren got to see one actually emerge from the shell and ‘evolve’. But, here in Spring Grove near Hanover, PA we haven’t seen a one, and our property is completed wooded. — Helen, Spring Grove, PA



People, if you don’t get them – consider yourselves lucky

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Now – it is not a joke. We are seeing adult cicadas here in Fairfax for only about 8-9 days. And already I can’t open windows in my house. Because the whole neighborhood stinks of week-old meat leftovers thrown outside to rot in the middle of the summer. How cool is that? And what it’s going to be like in 3-4 weeks, when they start dropping dead by thousands? I read somewhere that they have “a peculiar smell” when dead – it is a humongous understatement, trust me – they STINK. You all can be very happy about watching them out of shells, and flying around and about. But I doubt it very much you’ll be enjoying this divine fragrance. — Elena, Fairfax. VA



Will we be effected

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: I was wondering if anyone know how we will be effect in Florida. I have yet to see one. — Becci, Port St Lucie, FL



Cicadas have hatched

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: During the morning of May 17, 2004, thousands of cicadas emerged in our yard, 17 miles northwest of Columbus, Ohio. Thousands of cicadas were hanging on hostas, trees, bushes and flowers and their shells were left behind today. My wife reported that she could not see the green on the leaves of our 15 hostas because of the number of cicadas. — Mark Koogler, Dublin, Ohio



disgusting cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: They are really bad around here. You see them on all the trees and tires.At night they are coming out and you can here a crunching noise.They are sooo gross. — Michelle, Camp Springs, MD



first sighting

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: First sighting of the cicadas in Fallston, in the woods behind Fallston High School. I’m so excited, I’ll probably eat some! Yummy! — Brian, Fallston, Maryland



It’s raining cicads in KY

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Cicadas are EVERYWHERE! They emerged last week and have since multipled by the hundreds. The just love my apartment, I can’t even get into teh place without getting frisked by a few of them. I have recently decided to move. If only I could get out of the house….. — Lauren F, Louisville, Highlands



When Are They Coming To Long Island?

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: I haven’t seen one yet. — Kathy, Long Island, New York



It’s raining cicads in KY

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Cicadas are EVERYWHERE! They emerged last week and have since multipled by the hundreds. Strange thing is they seem to be mostly around my apartment. — Lauren F, Louisville KY



No Bugs Here Yet!

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Have not seen anything yet! Does anyone have an idea when they may emerge in North Carolina?

I lived thru them in ’79 with two screaming toddlers – now my older girls are still dreading them! — Lisa Reinhardt, Charlotte, NC



Brood X Emergence Current Status

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: As reported in earlier messages, the emergence in the DC suburbs of Northern Virginia began a week ago last Monday night (May 10-11). It reached a peak at the beginning of the weekend and yesterday morning (Tuesday morning) I was still seeing a few nymphs crawling along the grass heading for the trees. This morning, for the first time, I saw none, but did not look carefully. At any rate, it appears the emergence has more or less run its course. There is now a steady “flying saucer” din throughout the area, particularly loud in them morning, less so in the evening. This morning, also, for the first time, I saw significant numbers flying about. Up until now they appear to have mainly been roosting in the trees. Now they are on the move. — jmgradon, McLean, VA



WHERE ARE THE LITTLE RASCALS

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: hey all i was wondering if anyone has seen them near Corbin I have some scouts that would love to see them i sure wish they would show up in my yard . — Linda , Corbin Ky



Cicadas in Indianapolis

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Monday I found two exoskeletons. Today I found over 25 exoskeletons and a lot of wings!!! Do birds dislike cicada wings? I still haven’t seen a live cicada, though.

I was told that in 1987, Indianapolis wasn’t hit as hard as other, more southern places. Does that mean that we won’t get hit hard this year? The temperatures have been in the 80’s for weeks now, so the climate should be favorable. — Lori, Fishers, IN



They have finally emerged here!

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Last night’s rain must have done something to speed them up, because until this morning, there were very few in this area & no singing to be heard. I walked outside this morning & there were literally thousands of their shells stuck to my house & the 2 large trees in my front yard…Many still emerging. It was kind of interesting to catch one of the nymphs & watch it emerge & harden it’s shell.
My 3 year old daughter likes watching them, but is terrified of touching them!
— Staci, Beltsville, MD



Still nothing here…

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: It’s been exceptionally cool and rainy, especially cool at night–probably delaying them. I hear we are supposed to be Ground Zero… — Carol Shepherd, Ann Arbor, MI



WHERE ARE THEY??

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: I have only seen one, flying round. I’m on pins and needles waiting – or maybe they’re not coming to Herndon!! — dede, Herndon, VA



First Sighting This Morning!

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Today was the first day that I have seen the cicadas on our property. I have only seen about 20-50 per tree, though I think the birds are eating them. We use about 40 lbs. of bird seed every two weeks, but we have not had to fill the feeders for the past two days! Maybe there will be more tomorrow. — Kristen Miles, Martinsville, IN



Cicada

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: They are here, everywhere in my wooded yard. I had seen the holes a month ago so knew they were coming as we had them 17 years ago, also at the same location. Today they are all over my peonies, azaleas, side of my house and elsewhere. Ugh! They can’t leave soon enough! I remember 17 years ago, the awful deafening noise they made. — Jan, Solebury, PA



Lots Of Shells But No Cicadas?

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: In the grass around a large tree, there are hundreds of cicada shells but there is no evidence of the adults. Haven’t seen or heard one of them yet. Not really sure where they are? Hope to see them soon! — KJ, Wilmington, DE



Under Siege

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Thousands of them. Everywhere. Wonderful and amazing to watch. I highly recommend early morning forays to watch them in every state of metamorphasis to fully appreciate them. They started emerging here on Saturday (5/15), and despite their vast numbers, I’ve yet to hear their song. Anxiously awaiting… — Deborah, Stewartstown, PA



found set of cicada wings

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: I found a half of a set of wings 2 days ago. I know they were cicada wings because I matched them up with a specimen from the 1991 hatch.I’ve been looking for them everywhere but none found. — stimely, central pa



Double ugh

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: In response to Sally from the same area, I was glad to hear that I am not the only one creaped out by the thousands, maybe millions of cicadas in our yard. We have seveal very old trees in our yard and neighborhood, and the bugs are everywhere. We have to sweep them off with a broom several times a day from our porches and garage door opening. They also seem to like the tires on our cars as they attach themselves there too. I do appreciate nature, but this is a bit rediculous. I am definately feeling “invaded!” — Heather, Louisville, KY(highlands)



Brood X

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: What’s controlling them from being hee sooner?

What’s Brood X been doing all these years?

How many Brood X’ers will be “invading” ? — Kimyatha White, Eastpoint, Georgia



Spotted our first one!

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: How exciting…I found the first one in our driveway this morning! I Picked it up to look at it more closely…fascinating! Love their bulging red eyeballs!! We live in a heavily wooded lot so will check out back to see if more have arrived.

My husband saw what must have been several hundred cicadas crawling up the side of a building in downtown Madison, Indiana yesterday.

How fun!! — Cheryl VanDaalen, Louisville, KY



Emergence

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: I live in southern Blair County, PA. The Cicada have begun to emerge here on the night of the 17th. — John, Roaring Spring, PA



Finally!

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: We saw several cicadas emerge from the ground last night after a hard rain. There were a few empty casings attached to tree limbs in the same area. — Kristen H., Dublin, OH



Milford, NJ

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Today I took a drive to Milford, NJ after reading a post on here. Well they are definatly out there. Saw hundreds of shells and heard a few calling. Also caught 1 adult male cicada. And took lots of pictures. I just hope they emerge here in Scranton very soon. — Rick, Scranton, PA



Our first sighting of the cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: My husband and I had our first sighting of the cicadas this morning(1am)it’s our first time with this type of cicada.
He’s from TX and I’m from WA state. We’ve lived in Bloomington for almost 2 yrs. now. I thought I’d be really grossed out by them(with all the internet pics I’ve seen)but I’ve found I’m more intrigued with watching them shed their shell and head for high ground to dry out. Hmmmm….wonder how I’ll feel in a couple of days when they start their singing……… — Marci Smith, Bloomington, IN



Ed’s cicada pics

Date: Wednesday, May/19/2004

Message: Edward, your pics are *fantastic*…so clear….I am still hoping to catch a news story on them or at least here them in the background of a news report from the east coast….I’m enjoying reading the mixed reactions posted here….they’re really okay…they won’t hurt you if they land on you although the first time one does it will give you a fright. I was 16 in 1970 and remember hearing this loud chirp right in my ear and having one in my shoulder…got really spooked but after that, I was fascinated with them. I keep imagining that I’m hearing them out here. — Debbie, Seattle, WA



Nothing yet

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I have yet to see anything in my area but I am hoping that with first sighting taking place in Louisville, KY and Bloomington,IN that we are still a few days away as we are a little farther north.

Anyone seen our guest yet in the Indy area? — Kenny, Indianapolis



Cicada sitings

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I live on the western side of Annapolis (away from the Bay). Last night and tonight the cicada’s have begun to emerge. I haven’t seen a lot of adults, but I think that will change soon. I work in Bowie, MD and you can hear them all day all around the City. — David, Annapolis, MD



Picture of Cicada

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: 5/18/04 -I just caught this one on my patio. How can I send a picture to get the brood identified. — John Lottinger, Houma, Louisiana



first cicada

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Saw my first member of brood X tonight- It came buzzing right at me….but only one. He must have been the scout. — CW, Pennington, NJ



They’re here!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: My son and his scout troop found the dried shells everywhere on our walk tonight. I grew up around brood V in sw PA, and these shells looked small to me. I’m curious to see how brood X will compare! — LMB, Denver, PA



They’re Finally Here!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: First sighting this morning, maybe a couple 100 or so in my yard, just coming out of their shells. This afternoon when I got home from work, they were all gone! I guess the birds, etc. got to them. I later went to a cemetery a half mile from my house, there were quite a few live ones there still. None of them fly or sing yet though, I guess that comes after they molt again. — David Kirk, Brokkville, IN



Here they come! Watch Out!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Loads of them today coming out in Crofton Park. We shall see how many there are tomorrow. — Kevin Stratton, Crofton, MD



None in Pasadena yet, but hoping

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Haven’t seen any in Pasadena where I live, but they are everywhere in Howard County where I work they are wonderful and the sound is incredible — Meg, Pasadena Md



First Cicadas

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Found our first Cicada shell today in our yard along with a dozen or so holes in our mulch bed! — Lisa, Deerfield Township, Ohio (Mason area)



No sighting yet

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: There is nothing here but the dogs have been going crazy digging for a couple of days. Do they hear them coming? — Lyn, Tobyhanna, PA



Finally they arrive today.

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: We had our first sightings today. Because we have no direct trees in our yard, we had no nympy holes, but today there are adults flying everywhere. From next door to across the street. My baby is 18mo old, I’m taking pictures and putting in a keep sake box to see when he’s 18 years old. Its kinda neat to see him run after the little critters. He is not afrain one bit. — Isaiah’s mom, Evanston, Cincinnati Ohio



Hoping this is a good sign…..

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I am reading many messages of cicadas emerging in other states and some in NJ, but I have still not seen any – and I have been looking. I know this is all very exciting, but I am hoping that the fact that I have not seen any yet is a good sign that they won’t be coming out around here. I remember them from a few years ago when I lived in Edison and I remember how much I hated going outside. If you are from this area and have seen any, please let me know…….I’ll need to start planning indoor activities. — Debbie, Middlesex, NJ



Nothing Here Yet

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Can’t see any evidence here yet. This is a new development, but wetlands have been undisturbed. Will check my parents house in Birmingham. I remember finding empty shells there years ago…. — Sue, Novi, Michigan



Ugh.

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: They are all. Over. The. Place.
I was walking the dog last night and made the mistake of looking down… only to see the sidewalk CRAWLING with them. And they are all over our back deck and yard– clinging to fence posts, hanging on to the rails on the steps, there was even one attached to out stone house by the front door this morning. And the noise? Deafening. Reading other people’s messages about having them fly into their shirts or hair has just about completely freaked me out. I may not leave the house till July. Who needs a job, anyway? — Sally, Louisville, KY (Highlands)



Coastal Cicadas?

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I live very close to the coast, and I am wondering if cicadas are indigenous to coastal areas of NJ. If not, I’d like to hear of any sightings in inland Atlantic County. Thanks. — Priscilla, Smithville, NJ



Out in force in Towson, Md.

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: The li’l buggers started coming out over the weekend and are now all over the place in wooded areas. Today is the first day they’ve really been making noise. One even hitched a ride into my apt. with the plumber. He was promptly evicted, in a firm but gentle manner. The cicada, I mean. — greg, Towson, Md.



My Bullfrog’s Gonna Explode!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: The cicadas have been out for a week now. I have a fish pond in my back yard. My frog has been sitting on the edge of the pond every day and he’s been gorging himself. — Ellen, Falls Church, Virginia



saw one

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: saw the first one today — Trey, Chambersburg PA



ED: Please only submit cicada sightings. If you have a question — email us instead.

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Ed, that’s why we have this note on the “Add your sighting page”: “Please only submit cicada sightings. If you have a question — email us instead.” — admin, Cicada Mania Headquarters



Any Emergences in GA Yet? PLEASE NO!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Has anyone seen (HEARD) emergence near me? Went thru 2 years in a row in NC during late ’90s; don’t want a repeat. Thanks. — CV Roberts, Martin, GA, Franklin Co., USA



Any answer

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I think the site admin should talk to some expert to visit the message board and answer questions. I see a lot of questions but no answer. — Ed, Ga



Thousands and Thousands!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: It all started about 3 weeks ago with the mud chimneys, but this week they are everywhere. Probably 10 thousand or so. They seems to like lily of the valley, butterfly bushes, and tiger lillies before they climb the trees. The shells are about 3 or 4 thick on the ground!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! — Karen, Randallstown, MD



None Here Yet

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: We have not seen any cicadas here yet. Saw some shells a week ago, but no noise, no bugs. Maybe the storm we had in the fall (all the flooding and salt water) jolted their rebirth! One can hope! — John F, Annapolis MD



They just keep coming!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Rates of emergence here have increased at an almost exponential rate since last Tuesday, except for Saturday (15th) when we had unusually cold weather. They are particularly heavy on dogwood, red maple and pin oak. Heavy chorusing began yesterday morning; today it woke me up. I *am not* the Bloomingtonian who ended up in the hospital … although I finally try several tempura battered tenerals Thursday night. Very tasty, but I prefer watching them and listening.
INCREDIBLE NUMBERS!!! — Keith, Bloomington, IN



we’ve seen our first

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: we found our first cicada this afternoon – our chicken thought it was a yummie treat! i didn’t think they’d be emerging this far north yet. — joanne, tyrone, pa



my cicada emergence picts

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: some of the night photos I think are pretty cool.

http://homepage.mac.com/akbar/magicacida2004/ — Edward Delaplaine, Highland, Maryland (howard county)



Hills are Alive with the sound of CICADA’S

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Since May 13th the cicada’s have been breaking through the ground, hustling up the trees and emerging from their shells. There are millions! Each day the mating calls get louder and louder – it is incredible! The only time they quiet down other than at night is when it rains.
We had a “cicada party” on Friday night where all the bug geeks in the neighborhood hung out and watched them climb, emerge and hang.
One question though, when will they stop coming out of the ground??? — Theresa Lock, Harpers Ferry, WV, Jefferson County



Is this Normal???

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Well our little friends came out in a swarm the other night and I thought it was pretty cool, but now they seem to be following me everywhere I go….oh No why are they coming at me….they are attacking!!!! Call the national guard!!! They are eating my brain and spine!!! Helllppp!!! — Jim S., Woodbridge, NJ

May 18, 2004

May 16th – 18th 2004 Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X,Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:28 am

Is this Normal???

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Well our little friends came out in a swarm the other night and I thought it was pretty cool, but now they seem to be following me everywhere I go….oh No why are they coming at me….they are attacking!!!! Call the national guard!!! They are eating my brain and spine!!! Helllppp!!! — Jim S., Woodbridge, NJ



Cicada Sighting

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: We have Cicadas in our yard. They are on our garage door and on our chainlink fence. They seem to have just come our of their shells within the last few days. There are several with deformed wings. — Mickey, Brooklyn Park, MD



There here!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: i thought we were lucking out and escaping the invasion, but then I went out in the backyard and actually started looking. There are absolutely thousands of them! The exoskeltons are all over the trees and now I am seeing red eyed buggers everywhere! — Jenny, West Chester, OH



Sighting!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I saw one last night in Princeton on the Campus of Princeton University, — Carol, Princeton, NJ



They’re here in force!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Found hundreds of shells and newly emerged cicadas yesterday. My irises are covered with them. No noise yet.
— Betty, Malvern, PA



Can hear them, but don’t see them

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: The noise is definitely here. But I haven’t seen a single one yet. They’re probably living it up in the park just behind our community. Hopefully they won’t find their way to my house. — Nathan’s mom, Chantilly, VA



TONS OF CICADAS!!!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Well, we first saw them on the morning of the 16th. There weren’t too many…..until the following morning, we saw TONS coming out of their shells all over our deck. As if that wasn’t enough, there are like 10 times more this morning!!! Iv’e been taking lots of pictures! I had nightmares last night. — Sarah, Fairfax – Cincinnati Ohio



SIGHTINGS

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: SPOTTING A FEW CICADAS ON THE SIDE OF OUR HOUSE BUT NONE ON OUR TREE IN THE BACKYARD AS OF 2 DAYS AGO.
MY SON AND I WATCH A CICADA EMERGING FROM HIS SHELL ON A TREE AT MY SON’S SCHOOL TODAY.
IT IS INTERESTING TO WATCH.
THEY ARE WHITE OR LIGHT COLOR WHEN THEY EMERGE FROM THEIR SHELL. SOMETHING THAT I DIDN’T KNOW.
— MARK, DELHI, CINCINNATI, OHIO



No Sightings Yet

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: An update: Haven’t seen any in our part of Cherry Hill, NJ yet. I can’t say that I remember them coming in 1987 either. We usually start hearing them in late July/early August, and see one or two of their discarded shells in the yard per year. I’ll let everyone know if we see them in Cherry Hill anytime soon! — Maria, Cherry Hill, NJ



more, more ,more,

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: There were even more last night than yesterday. still metamorphazising and my building still looks like a polka dot art project!!!!! more is better. now they are on my window seal, hundreds and hundreds. some are 1.5 inches long, some are very tiny, some are medium. live adults were even on my car hood and stuck to my tires. this is great!!!!! — misscube, cincinnati ohio/norwood/pleasant ridge



I’ve got a bad felling that they are coming!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I hav been hearing that they are in princton now. i am seeing more holes near my house and i have big trees in my yard. These things are going to suck.

I was just wondering if they were going to ruin my summer?? — Ricky, Hillsborough, NJ!!!!!!



sighting

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: We’d only seen one shell so far, but this morning they were all over the place — on the honeysuckle, the grass, playground even. — Jade, Broadlands, Ashburn, VA



None yet

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I live in Northern NJ and haven’t seen one yet, I do hope they come out this far North. — Pam, Sussex County, New Jersey



I have yet to see ANY

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I live in Gaithersburg near Great Seneca and Muddy Branch. I have not see any cicada’s yet, not even a shell. I know that the developments in my area may be less than 17-years old but even in talking with friends, no one has seen the “emergence” that was expected. Some of the areas have not been turned by construction but yet none of these vile, red-eyed demon hordes have begun to take over my part of the earth. Any thoughts? — Tom, Gaithersburg, MD



will we see them?

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: is there any chance we might see them in louisians. there were here when we were children. and we loved to hook the shells on our clothes. — helaine moyse, baton rouge, louisiana



Sole singer

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Heard one this morning. I remember last emergence when I was a kid…and they weren’t as interesting then, that’s for sure! It will be nice to teach my kids about these fascinating creatures to pass down the line! — Carla, Amherst, Ohio



cicada emergence

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Empty shells found 5/17 and live cicadas on grass stems 5/18. No noise or flying yet. — Cheryl Smagala, Milford, NJ, USA



Disappointed

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I live in Leesburg, Virginia, which is about 40 miles west of DC and so far I’ve been pretty disappointed with the cicada count in my area. I was really looking forward to the hatch and so far I’ve seen one and heard maybe three. How long do they take to all come out to play? — javajoe220, Leesburg, Virginia



they’re flying

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I first noticed some cicadas on Saturday, but most of them were dead on the sidewalk. There seemed to be many more around yesterday and I saw some flying. As I’m originally from the UK, cicadas are a totally new thing to me and I was a little surprised to see one fly out at me when I opened my mailbox… — Oscar, Princeton, NJ



I pity my neigbors

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: So far I have been lucky not to see or hear the cicadas in my complex. I have been receiving reports from others across Maryland (specifically Baltimore) who have told me the are out in numbers.

Every day I have been peeping out of my door so I won’t be alarmed at a sighting and have made out good. This morning when I was exiting my apartment with my poncho, scarf and gloves in tow, I noticed a single shell. To my dismay on my door sill there was a CICADA!

I was so petrified at 6:45 in the morning that I started yelling “Holy Moly” as I walked all the way to my car. If this is only the beginning, I feel very sorry for my neighbors as I will be yelling, as a coping mechanism, for 6 weeks yet!

I hope it was a stray and isn’t there when I get off this evening. The hair on my arms is still standing up! — scaredy, Silver Spring, MD



PA – a few more; “Big One” yet to come

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: The soil temperature almost certainly plays some part. In edges of forests with a sunny southern exposure, many are out. Elsewhere, they are just under the surface of the soil waiting their cue. Found many under rocks and logs. My guess is “any day now” for the big one. — Mike Frey, Lititz PA



No Cicadas at all

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Hey, There still are no signs of these bugs in this region, maybe the lack of rain? — Chris, Lehigh Valley, PA



Camping in Noblesville

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: I will be camping in the Noblesville/Deer Creek area around the 23rd of June.

Are these things going to be a problem? — Dude, Milwaukee



Cicada webcams?

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Hi, I posted previously about being out in Seattle and missing the Cicadas. I have found one webcam of a few on a fence through the Washington Post but if anyone knows of any other webcams, would you please post them here…esp. ones with audio….I want to see AND hear them. I made a tape of them singing back in 87 but am not sure I still have it…that’s when I was about to leave the east coast so I figured I’d miss them this time around…but they *are* mentioned in the Seattle PI! Gee wonder why they don’t like the Pacific NW….so green, lots of trees and moisture. — Debbie , Seattle, WA



And I thought I Was the ONLY One Who Talked To These Little Critters!

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: Here a cicada, there a cicada… everywhere you look, there’s another cicada! The Northern Shenandoah Valley has it’s share for sure!

What I found really interesting is that they tend to like to spend time with you once they realize they won’t be hurt! Lol! Cute little red eyes they have! So ugly they are cute! But you won’t catch ME eating one!

Happy Cicada Mania To You All! — Lauri Clapper, White Post, VA



take them away!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Marianne from Herndon – I will buy one of your umbrellas! I sit in my car when I get home from work and wait for the coast to be clear before dashing into the house. I count how many there are on my plastic chair out back – usually about 15 on one chair alone – needless to say, I’m not going to be chillin’ on the patio any time soon. The worst part about this is that I have to move to a wooded area in about 2 weeks – and by then I think there will be a lot more of them. I might have a panic attack if one lands on me – someone make them go away!! — Veronica, Arlington, VA



Where Are They?

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Elisa, I haven’t seen or heard one yet. Not sure what to expect here. I keep watching the ground but nothing. — hb, Ann Arbor MI



Finally!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I saw one! Yes, just one, so far :o) It was just on my window screen. We were so excited and looking like goofballs examining this thing through the screen! This guy must be an early escapee since there aren’t swarms yet but we’ve had a few heavy rain showers lately and the temperature is right, so any minute now I expect to see zillions. Okay, I’ll be patient… I can wait another day or so. ;-) — Kym, Pottstown, PA



not seen in michigan yet

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: hey, elisa, i havent heard or seen anything yet either. i dont expect them near me, so i plan on heading out somewhere to find them. i hear ann arbor, or in washtenaw cty. but i dont know where exactly. hopefully someone will let it be known if any are seen in michigan. i’m patiently waiting to see it all… — minda, detroit ‘burb, michigan



Something wrong with car engine?

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Exactly one week after my thinking the weird noise was from a nearby house alarm, my youngest daughter came home to put oil in her car. About a mile from the house she heard a weird noise which became louder as she entered our driveway. Thinking it was the engine going bad, she left the motor running, jumped out of the car and put the hood up. She was relieved that the noise wasn’t coming from the engine. As soon as she turned off the engine, she told me the noise must be from a house alarm. I laughed and told her it was the cicada mating call, and that I had made the same mistake last week, even calling Public Safety in the gated community where I live. — Joyce, Ellijay, Georgia



Where can I go in Ohio to see them ?

Date: Tuesday, May/18/2004

Message: My husband and I want to take a drive this Sunday to see the cicadas and I was hoping someone could tell me where in Ohio they are emerging. Just give me a good town, and if you can, a good metro park to check out, and we’ll find it !
Thanks !
MJ — Mary Jo, Maple Hts, OH



crazy neighbor

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Yes, I know. There are millions of huge, ugly bugs invading everyone’s yards. Actually I don’t think they’re ugly but pretty interesting and fascinating to observe. But, my crazy neighbor has some kind of vendetta against these creatures. For the last two nights she has been outside on her front walk smashing every cicada she sees with the flat end of a swiffer broom. The ones she can’t get with the swiffer she stomps with her shoe. Oh, did I mention she does this at from about 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM??

I just feel bad for the poor cicadas. They lie in wait 17 years only to emerge and be smashed by the busniess end of a swiffer broom. What a loon. — John, Vienna, VA



Will They Be In New York

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Can anybody please verify if the Cicadas will be heading up to NY. I can’t wait to see this marvelous sight! — Mark Rosen, Rye, New York



Sounds like a burglar alarm going off !

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I’ve seen several cool sites provided by mother nature but this one will be in the top 3 for a long time,at least 17 years.On May 16th my son and I turned onto the gravel road that takes us to our mountain cabin in north GA. We began to hear a noise. First I thought it was engine trouble. Then when I turned the truck off the noise continued. I could hear the “buzz” of a couple close by cicadas but this noise was constant,like it was just 1/4 mile away .Loud but distant. We went uo to the neighbors house to ask if they know who’s house has a burglar alarm possibly going off without attention.They filled us in with the news. That noise is from the cicadas. The closer we inspected the trees, they they were. Just like the pictures on this site. My son and I notice a mist-like squirt coming from them.Thank goodness it was odorless! — Todd, Dahlonega, GA ,USA



Someone Please Answer Cuz I’m Scared

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: My whole backyard is wooded. I have been hearing the cicadas loud and clear all weekend. Will I definetly see a lot of these? Will they definetly be all over my sidewalk and car or will they mainly stay in the woods where the trees are? I have seen 2. Is this really the beginning? I know they are just bugs, but they really creap me out. — Tiffany, Farragut, TN



Where else in New Jersey

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I posted earlier that I saw hundreds at least in Skillman in Southern Somerset County but it seems that other Jersey sightings are very rare…some in Princeton which is not far from Skillman. It looks like the enslaught hasnt yet begun. Is it possible that the ones in Skillman that I saw is the first reported case in NJ — mark, belle mead, NJ



I think there are more coming

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I live in an apartment complex where birds, dogs and cats are having a feast with our cicadas. We get to see a lot of them (of whatever is left of them) around the walkways and trees. They don’t look scary anymore. They are very friendly (although clumsy at times!). I’m not sure we’re ready for the many more to come (or so we hear!). — Alberto Flores, Greenbelt, MD



cicadas

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: If I feed my baby ducks cicadas, will it harm them? — Lexus Jarrell, Elkridge MD. USA



Emergence

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I got some pesticide for my two youngest trees today and the nursery told me the cicadas have emerged so far in parts of the Highlands and Crescent Hill neighborhoods. I remember that the news folks said their expected date was May 21, so I bet this is just the tip of the iceberg. A friend of mine said the man across the street from her in the Highlands went out and shook his tree. She said it RAINED cicadas. She’s been picking them off certain bushes, etc.
— Judy, Louisville, KY



Where are they?

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: around where i live, there are NO cicadas around me. i think i heard one for a day on the side of my house in a tree by the street, that was like 3-4 days ago. i still have yet to see any skeletons or cicadas themselves. — Andrew Freeman, Cincinnati, OH



May 15th I heard a sole Cicada.

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: They`re here. Last Saturday I heard a sole one singing. Sunday there was several more. Getting ready for the deafening sound. I live just down the HILL from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dave Barthel — David Barthel, Morganton NC



Finally Saw One

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I’ve really been looking forward to the invasion. I finally saw my first one this moring – not in Alexandria, but in Arlington. It was an adult, on the walkway from the bus platform leading to the Metro escalator on the east side of the upper bus platform I hope they will soon be in my Del Ray neighborhood. — Fancy, Alexandria, VA



Cicada Muse

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Cicadas singing in the trees
Can bring a grown man to his knees.
A little insect in a shell
Creates for man a living hell.
The creep emerging from its hole
Shows man that he has no control.
And when it starts to fly around
And to emit its clicking sound,
Those few who can will move away
At least until the bug-free day
When once again he can pretend
To be in charge of fortunes bend,
To look around but not to see —
A fellow who’s a lot like me. — NR Stratton, Baltimore, MD



They’re here!!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: the cicadas are all over my school T.C. Williams High School on the front steps. This weekend when I went to Kings Dominion ther were cicadas on the seats of the roller coasters. — Tim Walker, Alexanria,VA& Kings Dominion Doswell, VA



When will they be gone?

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: An absolute mess! They mess up sidewalks,
cars, and are a total menace!

I understand they should be gone by the
end of June, but when should they start dying in numbers? In a week, two weeks, a month?
— Jack K., Arlington, VA



getting impatient

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I’ve been so excited about the emergence…telling all my friends, telling teachers and kids all about cicadas, etc. I haven’t seen one yet! A lady I work with mentioned that her friend up in Carsonville (thumb area) saw one the other day, so hopefully they are on their way. Anyone else here in Michigan who has seen some? — Elisa, Metro Detroit, MI



Save Me

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: THERE BAAAAAHHHHCK!!!!!
The Cicada’s are all over my house, trees, Swings…. They are everywhere.
How much longer do we have to sit in the house in fear of these alien bugs. Every man for themselves is our motto during this emergence. The kids & I (my husband too)make a mad dash for the car everyday, screaming like nuts if the cicadas swoop down near us.
:o( :o( :o( :o( :o( :o( :o( :o( :o( — Patricia E. P.Craig, Gwynn Oak Maryland



When do they Stop Emerging?

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Our backyard and deck resembles an air landing strip. The cicadas line up on the deck railing and thru some silent take off order, individually flit off to the large tree in the yard. Every morning brings a new “fleet” of them. My question is, will the emergence continue for the next several weeks? And when do they stop leaving those creepy shells all over the place? It practically takes a blow torch to remove them from the bushes.

Despite all the news hype about cicadas, they’re really not that bad. And they are pretty fascinating to watch.

— Carole M, Silver Spring, Maryland



Cicadas Cicadas, Cicadas

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: They’re everywhere! It was so much fun as a bratty 10 year old – lighting them on fire…chopping off their heads, throwing at my older sister’s friends. I’m all grown up now and quite normal I assure you and I couldn’t think of harming one. I keep picking them off the sidewalk so they don’t squashed. I mean they’ve been sitting in the ground for 17 years waiting to get laid and then some drunk carries about and ends that 17 year dream with one drunken smash of his/her foot! Our band plays a show this Thursday and it’s very tempting to fill the drummer’s bass drum with live Cicadas. The first crack of the kick pedal against the drum head sends them into a paniced frenzy and scores of cicadas pour into the unsuspecting audience! What an opener!

-D

P.S. ~ The mothership has landed. — David, Washington, DC



Tired of Cicada Talk

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I am really tired of hearing Cicada talk.Even teachers at school talk about it.Not only am i sick of the talk.Im sick of it, its self.Every time I open my front door (on my way to the bus stop) i see dozens upon dozens of them.I know alot of people probably feel me.Right — Lane, Laurel,MD



They are here!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: After this weekend’s rain, we had them everywhere…My 2 year old is quite excited, but I am not a bug person and they are creeping me out. I am looking forward to their return to their slumber! — Cruzan, Princeton



major emergence in Winchester VA

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Must be millions. I remember this as a child in Fairfax VA but have been living in Shenandoah County in 1987 and didn’t see them there.

I went to vist my sister in Front Royal – she had none – this is hard to believe that they would have none at all and we are dancing with them.

They don’t appear to like bright sun at all. — rox, Winchester VA



Still Waiting

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Haven’t seen them yet. I have nore hope now that I see they are emerging in Columbus and Miamisburg!! — Cathy, Urbana, OH



beginning in Elkton

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Saw first one Saturday AM. Spotted about 5 in my backyard Saturday Pm. Spotted about 50 in neighbor’s tree on Sunday, 5/16. — Bob Gorman, Elkton, MD



Why us?

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: We got ’em en masse here in Lockland – though they are not one town over in Reading…Amazing! They must have been eager to get going because we have hundreds of molted shells on high blades of grass in our yard – not even bothering with the trees. — Sarah S., Lockland, OH



Still nothing in Lexington

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I went out to the woods yesterday and still no signs. Were they in Lexington in ’87??? — Ed, Lexington, KY



Brood X has risen

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Lots of cicadas emerging from their exoskeletons all over the neighborhood. Fence posts and trees are covered with them. Lots of empty shells attatched to the underside of my hostas, and other large vegetation. The noise has started. This is great. — Nate Leopold, Fairfax/Cincinnati OH



No Cicadas To Be Found!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Hey everyone, so far we haven’t seen a single one of this buggers. I hope we get to see some soon since the last time they were here I was only 4 years old and don’t remember it. I hope the Northern Bucks County area of PA gets some this time around. — Justin, Allentown, PA



Crackly sound…

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Do the cicadas make a sound as they are digging their way to the top of the ground? When walking in the woods lately I have heard the ground on either side of the trail “crackling”… kind of like rice krispies. I have never heard anything like that before. It seems to be especially in sunnier areas and I know ground temperature helps them know when to come out. Is it related to them? Have not seen any actual cicadas emerge yet. — Julie, York, PA



Hear them finally

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: They are behind ashburn elementary school and the ashburn vol. fire dept. We can hear them finally this afternoon. They started coming out on Saturday am and the birds were really chirping back there! — Jill, Ashburn Village, VA



any sightings near cleveland ohio?

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I would like to find a large # of cicadas near cleveland, ohio so my family and I can experience these neat little guys. Any feedback would be appreciated. I know they are around cincinati, columbus etc. but looking for a public place a little closer. Thanks. — lee chance, cleveland, oh



the invasion is underway

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: The dog and I found several exoskeletons and one adult bumbling around on the dirt lane next to our home. We haven’t heard them yet, but if this swarm is anything like the one in 1987 they will soon be deafening. I think they are waiting for a good rain to finish emerging-it’s very dry here. It’s intresting, but the little things are too creepy for me. Glad we only do this every 17 years! — kim c, New Creek, WV



Here, too!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: The cicadas arrived here on Saturday, May 15. — Brent Badger, Martinsville, Indiana



They’re in Indiana!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I have tons of these little buggers in my yard and trees! My son collected a bowl full of skeletons, he thought it was so cool! — H, Bloomington, Indiana



Dayton Area

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Anyone seen any in the Dayton, Ohio area? I was 8 years old (1973) and then 25 (1990) for Brood XIII outside of Chicago. 1990 was also our wedding, and my fiance/wife was a bit worried. However, wedding was not until July, and all were safe back in the ground by then. I have very fond memories of those two cycles, and am looking forwards to sharing that experience with our two sons (age 7 and 12). Thanks! — Jim, Kettering, OH



Came out in Catonsville on Friday, 14th

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Just an update for those of you tracking their progress. Noticed a few shells Friday afternoon……by Friday night they were all over the place! — Chuck, Catonsville, Maryland



They are singing now!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Today is the first day I noticed that the cidadas were in full song. It sounds like a space ship hovering- kind of cool and freaky at the same time. It’s also a high pitched sound and warbly, but it’s constant.

Another odd observation. I live in a high rise on the 12th floor. Last night a cidada was crawling on my window screen. How did he get up so high? It was definitely a cidada- with the big red eyes and all. I went over to say hello. He hung out for a bit and then started walking up the screen and then he flew away. — Lisa Jane, Falls Church, Va



dense and loud

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: have about 100+ per square yard.
sounds like a space ship or car alarm — ann, potomac md



Cicada keychains

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: The last time the cicadas emerged, the keychains appeared well after they had gone. Please post where we can buy them whenever the keychains appear (even up to a year later). Someone is bound to catch on and make a batch. Thanks. — R. Mead, Arlington, VA



Cicada Protection!!!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: My daughter and I are terrified of these awful-looking creatures. I know they are harmless, but unrational fear is unrational fear…17 years ago, while running into my place of employment, ducking and dodging these little creatures, one landed on my collar (I didn’t know). When I finally got to my desk, with a huge sigh of relief, my co-worker pointed out that one was sitting on my collar. I panicked, screamed and practically undressed at my desk.

17 YEARS LATER – I’M PREPARED! I’ve fashioned a cicadia-proof umbrella. My umbrella is covered from top to bottom with netting. My husband says he will not be seen in public with me with my cicadia umbrella! — Marianne, Herndon, Virginia



Deafening

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Our home is nestled in the mountains at the far west corner of North Carolina. The cicadas have emerged in a valley behind our house starting 2-3 days ago. Over the last two days, the noise was so loud that no one wanted to go outside. We thought we’d been invaded by a flying saucer (smile) before we heard about the cicadas. What a racket! — Pam W, Murphy,NC



No Emergence Yet

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I was wondering if the lack of emergence in Pa could be due to the significant late season snowfall we had. I did ground temp readings late last week and found that about 2-4 inches below the surface the temp was 68F after reading that the temp must go above 64F for them to emerge. How deep must the temp penetrate before they emerge? — Dylan Johnson, Kutztown, Pa



Cicadas emerging

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Cicadas began emerging over the May 15-16 weekend in Princeton. — Tom, Princeton, New Jersey



Almost Here

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: No sightings yet, but the chimneys are present. Put netting over my new trees yesterday – we’ll see if it helps more than hurts. — Dave A., Powell, Ohio



Are they here yet?

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I live in a wooded area – we’ve heard them for years – the deeper into the woods you go, the more deafening the sound. Have seen the shells on fence posts around the yard for the past couple of years. Am very curious to what the magnitude of what’s to come will be! — Jennifer, Ewing, NJ, USA



Cicadas

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Cicadas emerged after Saturday evenings rainfall – Sunday AM hundreds of cicadas were everywhere on our property. We watched as the nymphs came out of there shells in the AM. By Sunday PM the skeletal shells were everywhere. — D. Baird, Upper Black Eddy, PA



Oh, no! First sighting!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I found two cicada chimneys in my yard this morning, then two exoskeletons underneath newly planted trees. The invasion is starting in Indianapolis! Help! I get wigged-out by bugs!!! — Lori, Fishers, IN



Cicada Sightings

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: No one in our subdivision, which was a work in process in 1987 has spotted one yet. We walked into the surrounding wodds with some older trees, but nothing. We did see ONE cicada on a trip into Wyoming yesterday. Looks like it’ll either miss our section of Cincinnati or come later. — garrett , Evendale



I Agree

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I agree with Lori from Va — Sharion, BowlingGreen,Oh



Makin’ some noise

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: The ciadas are really starting to make some noise near the Howard County Court House in Ellicott City, Maryland. It’s not “crazy” yet but you can definately tell that they’re here. Interesting tidbit is that they are not everywhere. There might be a lot of noise coming from a bunch of trees and a hundred yeards away- nothing. — Ian, Ellicott City, MD



They are in Princeton, NJ

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Saw numerous nymphs and adults on many trees. There were even telephone poles festooned with them! Interesting to observe the various states of emergence, as they build from white, and darken over time. None seen flying, nor were any heard. Wait… — Tom B., Princeton, NJ



Won’t See Many In Neighboorhoods built since 1987

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: If you happen to live in one of the newer developments in our area, you may not see the Brood X cicadas, or you may only see a couple here and there.

The developers scrape away and tear up most of the soil and trees where the Cicada live and feed on underground roots. So if you are one of these people, count yourself lucky…or maybe not…depending on what you were hoping for.yourself lucky…or maybe not…depending on what you were hopeing for. — Thomas, Oak Hill, VA



two dead, none living…yet

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I saw two squashed cicadas and 1 shell in my parking lot this morning. No holes and none on the trees though.

When does this end? — sj, Calverton, MD



cicada

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I saw one when I fishing at ludlow Hill Park in a tree.
— Oscar Harrell, Lawrencburg IN



question

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: are cicadas poisonous? i few bit my dog and now he is really sick. i really don’t like these guys. — fred scott, arlington, va



albino cicadas

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: i have collected 6 albino cicadas since this morning……

we have been overrun by the smelling things !!!

are albino cicadas rare ?? — John, ruxton, maryland



None here yet.

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I have been checking daily and have not seen any cicadas yet. Have not even seen many holes in the ground around the trees in my yard. Maybe they will pass us by. — BG, Springfield Township, PA



Greetings from Cicada Holler

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: The Washington Post referenced this message board on their Cicada thread, and I have enjoyed reading everyone’s posts.

Since last Thursday the Cicada have been in abundance in our neighborhood. They appear about first light, the woods gradually swell with their song, by nightfall all is fairly quiet, until the next day. My front porch and surrounding shrubs are full of them. The squirrels and neighborhood cats clean up any they can reach. The deer eat all that they can reach from the leaves of trees and on the grass.

Basically the bugs sleep and eat for 17 years, emerge to reproduce…that all. Nature’s ritual has distracted me from more serious news, not a bad thing. — Parenthia Page, Vienna/Oakton, (Fairfax County, VA



More from Arlington

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Last week, pockets of big emergences. They finally came out in force in our front yard Sat. and Sunday night.

TONS of nymphs crawling around under the maple trees around 10pm. It was physically impossible to step on the grass without killing at least one. I stood on the driveway to videotape the writhing mass of cicadas, and it was generally about 10 seconds before they were crawling up my legs.

Saw our first mating pair (leading to intensive questioning from my 6-year-old) on Saturday.

The dog now has a breakfast buffet along our fence, picking and choosing the most tender looking ones. The hostas seem to be the favored landing pads– each leaf of our 20 or so hostas has at least 3-4 cicadas.

There’s the wonderful UFO hovering sound in the neighborhood, shutting down around 3 in the afternoon. But I’ve only heard one singing up close. — Mike, Arlington, VA



United States

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I am located in southwestern Adams County, PA about ten miles southwest of Gettysburg. Emergence began Saturday, 5/15. Mating chorus building. — Dan, Carroll Valley, PA



FINALLY

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I HAVE A HUGE OAK TREE IN MY FRONT YARD. AND OH MY GOD!!!! MY BUDDIES ARE EVERYWHERE. ALL ON THE FRONT OF MY APARTMENT BUILDING AND THE GRASS IS STEADILY MOVING. THIS IS GREAT! AS I SAT ON THE FRON STEP LAST NIGHT THE WERE METAMORPHASIZING RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, I THOUGHT I WAS IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE! SOMETHING TO SEE FOR SURE !!! — MISSCUBE, CINCINNATI OHIO



they’re here

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: The older trees in the neighborhood, including the one in my front yard, are well on the way to be being completely covered with old shells and mature adults. They are all over the ground nearest the base of the tree – as well as the side of the house – you hear them more often now too. Probably about half never make it very far – there are cicada parts on many of the sidewalks. Certainly not an infestation, yet, but getting there. — Sarah, Columbia, MD



Mount Airy Arrival

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: We still have not seen any in Mt. Airy (Frederick County MD). We keep hoping, because I remember what they were like in Silver Spring back in 87. I will keep my fingers crossed. — Jen, Mt. Airy, MD



Northeastern Pennsylvania

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Has anyone in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania (Scranton) seen any cicadas yet? I am not sure if we had as big emergence in 1987 or not. But I know for a fact we had “millions” in 1991. So no matter what happens this year, watch out in 2008. — Rick, Scranton, PA



Hear them but don’t see them

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I haven’t seen any near my house in Harford County MD (did see one at our local Target,though)Our development is less than 15 years old, although the developer did leave a considerable amount of older trees behind. BTW, does anyone know which trees they prefer? I would like to know which ones, so I can take pictures. This morning as I was walking my daughter to the bus stop,I could hear them off in the distance. I was 14 in 1987 and lived in an older area of Baltimore County, so I remember how loud it was. This wasn’t that bad though:-) — Grace, Abingdon, MD



Not so bad

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Thousands and thousands of cicadas have emerged from my little lot. Late last night, the newcomers completely covered the ground under my trees, and this morning, their shells were everywhere. I am happy to say that it remained pleasant to sit outside yesterday afternoon and this morning — a bunch of hilarious bugs flying around did not spoil the moment. — Gaston, Silver Spring, MD



where are they???

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: i figured they would be out already?? what are they on vacation????anyone seen any??? — matt, central new jersey



They’re everywhere now

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Well as of Monday morning 17 May, cicadas can be seen everywhere, every tree, weed, signpost, and light pole has 5 or more grouped together and it was hard to avoid stepping on them while I was walking my dog at 5 am. Haven’t heard any really loud noises yet though…thankfully… — WSOsGirl, Wilde Lake, Columbia, MD



AND SO IT BEGINS……………………

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Leaving for work this morning..saw about 30-40 cicadas in all stages on the ground and on the trees. I am very scared of these things but because I have to go out and live my life, I am sure my phobia will decrease as the weeks go by. Pray for me!!!!!!!!! — ANGIE, PLEASANT RIDGE (CINCY, OHIO)



Dittoing the Catonsville sightings

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: It is incredible and amazing….but bordering on skeevy and creepy. They are literally everywhere…like a true Biblical plague. — Karen, Catonsville, MD



The Quiet Roar Has Begun

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: We’ve only seen a few actual cicada in Ellicott City. While in neighboring Columbia this weekend, we saw about 100 but that was it.

Yesterday the gentle roar of the Cicada could be heard, from what seemed far away.

Today the din is slowly becoming a roar. It’s almost like being in a sci-fi movie.

They’re coming…They’re coming…
— BenignVanilla, Ellicott City, MD



CICADA

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: NO SIGN OF CICADA’S 5-17-04
IN HARRISBURG PA REGION — MARK P, HARRISBURG PA



More and more every morning

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: And I thought Friday was bad enough… I can’t even bring myself to leave the house – it is that bad now. We have an old elm tree on the front yard – and it is covered by these stupid ugly things, every inch of it, and every inch of the grass around it – a circle about 40′ in diameter. My husband mowed the grass yesterday – he said he’d never have believed it can be that bad if he didn’t see it himself – they are “boiling” and “bubbling” in the grass. Also they already stink – and it is just the first week!
Odd enough – there are not many in the back yard, although we have dozens of old trees – mostly oaks, at least 45 years old. When we bought the house in middle 90s, the back yard was covered with ivy, which we pulled out during the years almost completely. I wonder if such ground covers as ivy prevents cicadas’ larvae from burying themselves under it.

Best regards,
— Elena, Fairfax Villa, Fairfax VA



I feel like I’m in a horror movie

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I have them so bad that half of them are rotting away before they can leave there shell and it is leaving a odor in my yard. I feel like I am the hotel for the Cicada’s this year. My parents live next door and they dont have many at all I live on a half acrea and I know I have at least 1000 or more. After a raining night they came out so bad they were getting in my house under a small crack under my front door. — Dori, Clinton, Maryland



Sandy areas

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Apparently in sandy areas, it is tougher for the cicada’s to stick around without being effectively washed away over the 17 or so year period. I think this may be the reason as to why they are not around closer to the shoreline areas now, but they could be around when they start to miander/fly into other areas. — Seth, Glen Burnie, MD



WHERE ARE THEY?

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I’ve been searching for them for a week now! If anyone has seen them here in Lower Bucks, PA, please post!!! — C, BUCKS CO. PA



First sighting

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Saw first sighting, just one, though! — Jennifer, Evendale, Ohio



paging Dave Marshall, CT

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Follow up to your Cumberland County, NJ post…. see any signs for Gloucester County??? I’m getting married 5/22 and although I didn’t see an chimneys on the site I’m freaking out that they will be emerging!! — Lisa, Gloucester Co, NJ



Helpful hints for cicada sighting

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: To those people who live in the “cicada zones,” who haven’t seen any, yet; if you live in a new housing development, or if there’s been a lot of construction in your area, you may have to go to an older neighborhood or wooded area to see the cicadas. Look on the trees and on the ground; if you see the shells, you’re on the right track! Also, listen – a bit corny, but the cicadas do sound like spaceships; so far, it’s noticeable, but I haven’t heard them as loud as people are saying, e.g., loud enough to drown out a conversation? Too, I’ve noticed that I see LOTS more cicadas early in the day (say, before 9:00 am.), and they seem to be more active; the nymphs are waddling along, shedding the shells, the wings are drying, etc., it’s a sight to see. Good luck in your cicada sightings! — Sue, Riverdale, MD



Gross

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Now we have so many of them it’s just gross. Squished ones all over the sidewalks and streets. Tons in my backyard. So many, I’d say it even smells bad from all the decaying matter. They’re getting pretty noisy too. The background noise sounds like a UFO from an old science fiction movie.
— Bob, Bethesda, Maryland



Nothing yet?

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Havent seen a thing….nothing….im quite upset — Autorush, Lansdale,PA



They are at Gram’s!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Well, we still don’t have any cicada’s at our house in Arnold, but my Gram, who lives just 1-3 miles from us, has them EVERYWHERE! My friend Molly who lives in the heart of Annapolis,(4 1/2 miles away) also has them……I wanna know why we don’t have any at our house!
Anyway, we went to Gram’s house on Sat. night, I got some really great photos, and picked them up, let them crawl on my hands, and completely inspected them…..they are so cool! Cute too! I have never experienced anything like this before, I’m so glad I can! — Becky, Anne Arundel Co., MD.



The earth is moving beneath my feet!!!!

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: Heard them for the first time today at 1:30pm, at 9:30pm went to my back yard with flash light lots and lots of crawling critters on my fence and one of the larger tree’s next to our pool. It was very quiet and all I could hear was clicking and cracking from them breaking thru the ground, the earth was moving under my feet literally. Cant wait for tomorrow to get here. — Lisa, Centreville, Va



No cicadas out here :(:(

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I really miss them now that I live out here in Seattle…I remember both the 1970 and 1987 invasions….I was living in Maryland then….I really think they are fascinating….my exboyfriend and I even had Cicada Invasion Summer of 87 tshirts….Called my Mom today in Virginia and asked her to open her window so I could hear them but she wants nothing to do with them….I think they are a wonder of nature and I love their song. So I am enjoying reading all these posts. — Iorhael, Seattle, WA



why do i have cicada’s and my neighbor does not?

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: i am puzzled as to why i have hundreds of cicadas in my backyard, and my neighbor four houses away seems to have none? we both have trees in the backyard, and both have dogs. just curious? btw, my kids are loving the cicadas, and having a glorious time torturing their poor mother! i know, cicadas are harmless, but i am just not a bug kind of girl! :) — gwen, fairfield, ohio



cicadas

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: where are they? haven’t seen one yet! i’m not looking forward to it i am terrified. i do remember them from 1987 and it was awful! i know they can’t hurt you, but they are gross and scary! are they gonna be here soon? has any body close to here seen one yet? — kerry, lyons IL



Explosion Today in Silver Spring

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: In our yard, we saw maybe a couple of dozen yesterday (Saturday). But there were HUNDREDS today — emerging, transforming, crawling, and starting to fly. — Jan, Silver Spring, Maryland



So far, so good

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I have not seen one in the Annapolis area either – thank goodness! I’m hoping we’ll be spared. I heard that they are less likely to be in places close to the water. Any chance they won’t come to Annapolis or are they just not here yet? — Mary, Annapolis, MD



Cicada Party

Date: Monday, May/17/2004

Message: I got a call from my family at 9:30 Sunday night about an emergence on the underside of a dogwood. When I arived I found a bunch of people drinking and laughing, holding flashlights and taking pictures of these little red eyed bugs in all stages of metamorphasis, it was cool. So were the cicadas. — Big D, Gambrills MD



mor more more

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: each day since wednesday, i thought there could not be more. each night, there are exponetionally more nimphs emerging. the sound of cicadas walking to a spot to shed is loud enough to notice inside. my yard has to have 25000-30000 right now. during the day their music is louder than anything else except the occaisional helocopter.

my street is lined with oak trees. i wonder if this makes adifference? — timmy, arlington va



saw one today

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Had to go out and get a new weed eater, and while trying to start it by the shed, Saw one coming out of the ground…in MID DAY, with no rain for the past couple days. It was kinda strange. Can’t wait to see if we are gonna have tons of them around here too. My Fiance is gonna FREAK. I told her i saw it…and the importance of the sighting was beyond her. I told her the story about them coming out every 17 years…and I think she KINDA understands…but she don’t MUAHAHAHAHA!!!! — JasonB, Apollo, PA 25m E of PGH



That’s no truck idling outside…

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: …that’s just the cicadas! Holy moley! My heavily wooded old neighborhood is cicada central. I really thought there was a moving van idling outside last night, and then I realized it was the cicadas. Had one fly down the back of my shirt yesterday. The front step of my building has a pile of exoskeletons and live red-eyed wonders waiting for me each morning. Yesterday, I had a cicada ride with me to the local CVS on the windshield. (Well, until I hit 45 mph, and then that tenacious in-need-of-Clear-Eye bugger flew off – probably not by choice.) I find myself uprighting the poor guys who end up flailing around on their backs. Strangely, despite the exoskeleton remains giving me the creeps, I find them pretty endearing, and the cheeeeep cheeeeeep cheeeeep is a marvelous white noise machine – I haven’t heard the guy upstairs for a couple of days! Thank you, Mother Nature!! — Melissa J., Bethesda, Maryland



Were they here in 1987?

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: I feel cheated. Never seen a Cicada, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them. Haven’t seen any in Arnold, MD or Annapolis, MD. Were they here back in 1987? Is there a reason why they’d be emerging later than their brothers and sisters in Virginia?
Where can I find a list of the places they were spotted back in 1987?
— Varda, Arnold, MD



They’re here!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: They Started emerging mostly on Thurday the 13th, and in HUGE amounts on Friday , Sat. and Sunday. They must really taste good. Our dogs are simply walking and eating. They never lift their faces from the yard! It looks magical. The nymphs simply emerge from the ground out of nowhere. — Art D., Amberley Village ( Cicinnati) Ohio



found an exoskeleton in DE

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: While weeding my husband found an exoskeleton. — Carolyn, New Castle, Delaware



Lots of Cicadas!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: They’re starting to catch up to speed here; I’ve seen hundreds on certain types of trees, but none on another type right next to those. Funny. They enjoy climbing me and my house wall. Took some pictures, thought they were pretty cool. Find one with blue eyes and bring it to Johns Hopkins for $1000! — Jen, Baltimore/Towson, MD



“They are here by the thousands!”

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: We went away to the beach for the weekend only seeing a few on Thursday. We returned today to a yard and trees invaded. It was so neat to watch them emerge from their shells at different stages on Thursday. Now, it’s just gross. There are hundreds of shells, dead and live cicadas around each tree and you can’t walk in our back yard without stepping on them. Is this only the begining? If less than half have emerged, I’m heading back to the beach. For those who want to see them and haven’t, come on over to catonsville. I heard they were ankle deep 17 and 34 years ago. I don’t look forward to that! — Trish, Catonsville, MD



where are they

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Where are the Cicadas in Richmond? Relatives out west want to know what the infestation is like but I can’t tell them. — Steve Dixon, Glen Allen, VA



They’re here, too!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Walked around the neighborhood this afternoon and after yesterday’s rain the cicadas are finally emerging–one tree (Emerson and Gray Ave.) had hundreds of live cicadas and the sidewalk was covered with their skeletons. Waiting for more! — Sallie, Hamilton, Ohio



Chip Curley’s moth

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Chip, that’s a moth. :( — Dan, Cicadamania



Is this a cicada?

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Saw this heading up a tree today when I was cutting grass. Had the beady little red eyes.
http://www.pbase.com/image/29039886
— Chip Curley, Nashville, Tennessee



First sightings

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: First sightings late this afternoon. Only a couple and quite small from my recollection from 1987. One neighbor said she saw some approximately five days ago about one hundred yards down the street. I play golf at Ivy Hills golf course (in Newtown and walked 18 holes this afternoon and saw or heard none although the course was built after the last brood; the surrounding woods was for the most part there. — Dr.John McDonald, Anderson Township, Cincinnati, Ohio



Come out, come out wherever you are

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: The cicadas started coming out en masse early this morning (May 16) just south of the National Park at Gettysburg. I am not a big “bug” fan, but at a distance, I can appreciate the fascination these creatures hold. I’m sure when I return to the National Park over Memorial Day they will be everywhere! — Leslie, Gettysburg, PA



None here.

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Haven’t seen a single one in the inner harbor area. that’s good because yesterday was my daughter’s wedding and it was outside at Pier V.

— Paul, Downtown Baltimore Md.



Saw one

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: OK, I saw my first Cicada today. It was in new Greenbelt. I went to Silver Spring the other day, and oddly enough, I didn’t see any. But I’m glad that I finally saw one. I think I’m gonna have a heart attack when there are thousands of them flying around! — Hisham, Greenbelt, MD



Cicada Damage

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: They say cicadas don’t cause damage but I beg to differ. They are all over our newly planted rhodies and azaleas. They have already broken the limbs of the new growth and they haven’t even gotten started. Will they eventually go up into the trees or will they stay on the shrubs? I don’t care if they ever come back!
Jane — Jane Branch, Clear Spring, MD USA



Help

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: I remember the last invasion! It was awful! I did not leave the house and was scared to death!! I did not realize that this was the year. We have a family vacation planned for June 19th at Kentucky Lake. I am thinking of canceling. Any information about emersions in Marshall County KY or when they will leave will be helpful. Thanks — Sandi, Orland Park, IL



still waiting

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Reily Township is just south of Oxford, Ohio and about 20 miles north of Cincinnati Ohio.
We are still waiting for them to show up.
I thought with the rain we had over the weekend that they would come out.

Maybe soon
Teddy P — Teddy P, Reily Township, Ohio



Waiting for sighting

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Living in Southeastern PA just west of Philadelphia. Would love to hear about a sighting in this area to take the kids. — David, Bala Cynwyd, PA



cicada sighting

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: I had my first sighting of cicadas as I was mowing the lawn today, Sunday May 16th. They were sitting on a mum plant in my front yard. — Bruce Wolfe, Hidden Valley Lake Lawrenceburg,Indiana



One Cicada shell reported

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Only one so far — Andy, South Riding, VA



Lots in frontyard, very few in back

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: After wondering what took so long, I now see many of them in the front yard. (They are particularly prominent in a squashed state on the street, but that is another story.)

Curiously, there are very few in the backyard. I have a huge tulip poplar in the back yard. I suspect they do not like that species of tree.

Love the UFO sound they make. Well, I assume the sound is from the cicadas :-)
— Dennis, Silver Spring, MD



A cicada-free zone

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: We are in the mid-shore area of MD’s Eastern Shore. We have seen and heard ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! It’s very strange to read about what’s going on in the rest of MD and the Mid-Atlantic. When I cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tomorrow to go to work, I think I’m in for a rude awakening! My 3 dogs are VERY disappointed. — Kati, Centreville, MD



Arrived Thursday Night

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Thursday night we saw out first cicadas emerging. We are having so much fun watching them. — Dalit, Silver Spring, MD



Will I see any

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: I took a nice long walk around my yard and the neighbhorhood and didn’t see any. I am kind of disappointed. Has anyone living in South Jersey seen any?

— Rich Simmers, Burlington Twp. NJ



Thousands in our backyard in Govans

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Friday during the day I found about 25 adults throughout the yard, but it took over an hour of searching. Saturday there were dozens to be had. Now today there are thousands upon thousands of adults clining to just about every bush and tree in the yard. I easily collected over 100 in the course of fifteen minutes. We’re planning to try some of the recepies, however even I will need a little bit of “liquid courage” to take my first bite. — Nate, Baltimore, MD



Angelic Inscects!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Wow.. God is amazing in his creativity! I am not afraid of very many things. But I am not accustomed to picking up inscects either. I can’t help the strange urge to play with these little guys though! I Love the white ones with long translucent wings and dark markings. They look like little angels. I keep looking around to make sure my neighboors aren’t laughing at me! No really I could care less. I am an artist and a nature lover anyway! I have been helping little cicadas find the tree in my backyard and rescuing some of them from the wet ground when there wings get stuck! It’s funny! I deffinately feel a connection and have a respect for a creature that hibernates that long! It’s Amazing! Heard some songs today! Can’t wait til the whole chior wakes up! No plans to eat any! I like em’ too much! Think I am going to draw some fantasy pics using Cicadas! Inspiration!! Remember! Have fun and Respect all creatures! They are our responsibility!

-Justin — Justin “Davinci” Whye, Baltimore, Maryland



tons in the front yard

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: I was beginning to think maybe they weren’t coming … but this morning I spotted one on a hosta. I thought that was it, but the more I looked – they were EVERYWHERE! — Sue, Mount Pleasant Washington, DC



ATTN: Eating Cicadas Can Cause Severe Allergic Reaction!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: While N. Kentuckians are still waiting for the Cicadas to appear, Indiana has apparently had a flood of them. According to today’s Cincinnati Enquirer, one unlucky man there decided to saute’ 30 of them with butter, garlic and basil and later found himself in the emergency room. Turns out he was having what the doctors described as a “severe allergic reaction.” It’s important to note that the man already suffered from asthma and allergies to shellfish. Hmmmm. You’d think he would’ve been a bit more careful considering. People … don’t try to be cool man on the block by eating these things. Let them have their sex and die. Believe it or not, they’re not here for our enjoyment, but theirs. If you’re desperate for protein, for Heaven’s sake, eat an egg! — Lisa , N. KY



First one spotted

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Found one cassini male near his empty shell while checking milkweed leaves for monarch eggs on 5/15/04 at Blendon Woods Metro Park. First of many I’m sure! — Sarah Dalton, Columbus, OH



It’s beginning

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: We found the first of the skeletons and live cicadas this morning – 30 or so in the back yard mainly on hostas and lillies. This is fascinating – I’d like to see some actually emerging. We’ve noticed the holes in the ground for approximately a week – varying depths of up to 6 inches. — Julie, Western Loudoun County, VA



Cicada Sighting

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: May 13 we spotted several holes in the ground in our yard. That evening we started looking in some of the trees and spotted several shells. The our first cicada. — Vicky, Aurora, Indiana, U.S.A.



where are the cicadas?

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: The cicadas aren’t here yet! We live in oxford,Pennsylvania right near the maryland border line. Do anybody know when they are coming here. I have been waiting for a long time for them!! — Nicholas Rifon, Oxford P.A



Hope Springs Eternal!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Okay, emergence appears to be definitely slowing down. At least I THINK it’s not just my imagination or wishful thinking. I am beginning to have a burgeoning hope that this won’t reach Biblical proportions in my neighborhood. (The noise level in the park across Rt. 50, next to the Sunrise Assisted Living complex, however is deafening) They can go up in the trees and make all the noise they want as long as they leave my person alone! I’m originally from SC (Hi Robb!) and the noise doesn’t faze me as it is everpresent in my home state during the summer.
What I really want to know is, though, when they finally die, will they start dropping out of the trees on my head? What about the new nymphs? How big are they and will THEY drop out of the trees onto my head? As you can see, I am extremely concerned about these things getting tangled up in my hair and me looking like a total idiot thrashing about and screeching, “Get it off me! Get it off me!” I have my dignity to preserve, after all. :-)
One last thing: what motivates someone to voluntarily eat these bugs? Is it a macho deal? Are there people who don’t have laundry to do or lawns to mow? Or do you just wake up one morning and think, “I’ve got a real hankerin’ for a nice batch of fried cicadas today!” I wonder if there are any women in these households? The greater sociological implications of cicada-eating are worth a government funded study I think. :-) — Laura, Rt. 50 and Nutley, Fairfax, VA



I’ve never seen to many….THOUSANDS!!!!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: I now know that I DO NOT remember 1987 AT ALL! Sort of fascinating at first, but now a really big nuisance. All over the house, the grounds, the trees, the cars, door and window screens – flying EVERYWHERE including getting inside the house. I’ve actually had to pick some of the live critters up and move them – I really didn’t want to kill them! Haven’t had one land on me yet and really don’t want one landing on me – you can duck out of their way pretty easily – really clumsey fliers. And the noise! You can hear it grow louder by the hour. I can even hear it with all the windows closed! The dogs definitely do not like them at all. They are getting really spooked by their singing. I can’t imagine it getting much worse, but I’m sure it will! — Linda, Catonsville, MD



Sightings and link to pictures

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: A few cicadas in our garden yesterday, lots and lots today (16th May).

Some pictures at

http://www.pbase.com/annedave/birds_etc

Dave — Dave, Princeton, NJ



I found a cicada today!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: I found my first cicada. We saw lots of them this morning behind our house. One jumped on my little sisters leg and she screamed. It was really loud. Daddy said that was the loudest time Leah ever screamed before. I like cicadas because they are not really around for much, and that’s why I like them. And they look good. I’m going to bring one to my school. We can hear lots of them in the woods but my bug dictionary says they will be as loud as jet engine later. Bye. That’s all I want to say about cicadas. — Madeline Peloff (age 5), Olney, MD



This is horrible

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: the loud mating calls of the cicadas sound like some alien machine…its neverending even with the air on blast…i dont know if i’ll to make it for another six weeks…they are covering my entire porch..one flew up and landed on my foot and i screamed…i grew up in ny and i remember 1987 and how they were all over the place..but no where near the extent of this…dc area is horrible — Jessica C, Bethesda, MD



Brood X Emerging

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Brood X emerged in our area [AT] Burnett Woods yesterday afternoon during the most recent rain. I witnessed several still crawling in their shells, a bunch of empty shells, and two drying themselves on blades of grass after sheading their skins. — Neil, Cincinnati, Ohio.USA



Finally out in Centreville

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: I saw one flying around the backyard this morning and can hear them singing in the wooded area in the distance. Our neighborhood is barely 17 years old, which explains why there have been so few near the house. — Susan, Centreville/Chantilly, VA



Sight and Sound in Ashburn

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Went for a ride on the W&OD trail from Ashburn Village to Leesburg and saw them on the trail as well as heard them in the woodland. Amazing! — S Kenney, Ashburn



PA and NJ emergence

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: ANYBODY in southeastern PA or NJ seeing LARGE numbers of nymphs, chimney holes.
Or found large numbers of nymphs under boards, logs, etc. I would like to travel to an area in PA or NJ where there will be a large emergence. PLEASE POST if anyone in those areas sees evidence of a large emergence.

THANKS! — Jeff, Lancaster, PA



Sunday – May 16, 2004 – First Emergence Noticed

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: They are walking all over the rails of my deck and the floor of my deck has about 50-100 dead ones. I do not hear any “singing” nearby, but I do hear it in the distance. Does this mean I’m surrounded by females who will lay eggs? — Peg, Germantown, MD



My new respect for Cicadas

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Bugs, in general, give me an advanced case of the “willies.” Spotting a spider on my wall or a centipede scuttling across my floor can cause my heart to skip a beat. So, naturally, it was with a nameless dread that I anticipated the cicada onslaught. But now they’re here en masse, and I must say that – although I still find them physically repulsive – I have a new respect for the little fellows, and I go out of my way to avoid treading upon them. I find their background song to be rather soothing, and they have a certain dignified majesty about them. The next few weeks are, quite literally, their brief moment in the sun, and the upcoming days will provide us humans with a rare chance to witness a brief stage in the cicadas’ lifecycle (a lifecycle which is truly close to miraculous). So if this is being read by anyone from far away who shares my general distaste for bugs and feels pity for we poor souls who are being subjected to cicadas, you may rest assured that things aren’t altogether bad. In fact, I rather pity you for your inability to witness this rare and curious natural display firsthand. I maintain, however, that if one of these things lands on me I will scream with reckless abandon and run for cover. — Ken Ramsey, Bethesda, Maryland, USA



They’re fantastic!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: While I can understand a fear of spiders, I cannot understand the fear of these amazing creatures. To emerge for a couple of weeks, after 17 years underground, sing a mating tune, do “the thing” and then die, only to have one’s offspring appear in another 17 years – well, I think it’s something worth experiencing. Compared to tent caterpillars, the cicadas are a wonder to behold AND hear.

Mireille, Bethesda, MD — Mireille, Bethesda, MD



Cicadas in southern NJ

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Cindy –

I’m pretty sure that there will be none out in Cumberland Co. NJ this year — the soil is pretty sandy there. Still, there are some old records from the region so you could get lucky (in which case I would like to hear about it). The closest populations will be in northern Salem County. In two weeks or so, once the cicada are all out, you can call around to people in that area to see if they have heard of any populations out. — Dave Marshall, CT



One spotted near Mount Vernon

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: We spotted one on our doorstep last night. When we awoke, his shell was attached to our brick house and the adult was still on the doorstep. Here they come! — Susanne, Alexandria (Mount Vernon), VA



Cicada shell

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: I was out putting wood on a burn pile this morning when I noticed a strange insect shell. I brought it inside and started searching the web to identify it. I have come to the conclusion that it is a cicada exoskeleton thingy. How cool! I havent seen any of the adults or heard any of them sing either. Hope I see some soon. Do they work well as bait for fishing? I’m an avid fisher”girl” and would like to use them if I ever find any. — Ashley, Mercersburg PA



Old Lutherville is LOADED with them!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Went to church in Old Lutherville this morning. Cicadas everywhere! Lots of them on trees but also on outdoor railing, telephone pole and the handicap parking sign.
Saw 1 with a deformed wing. — Lea, Lutherville, Md



emergence-Suburban DC

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: continuing to accelerate in Bethesda/Chevy
Chase MD area. Still areas with huge numbers waiting to emerge mostly in wooded park areas. Deformed wings are mostly caused by being disturbed during emergence IMO. This happens when they fall, get trampled by another cicada or touched by a human. — David, Bethesda



I hear them!!!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: This morning for the first time, I can hear the cicadas but the sound appears to be in the distance. Have not seen any flying around as yet, but like Lori in Va. I plan to stay indoors….I would have cardiac arrest if one landed on me! Eeewwwww is right! — Ellen, Baltimore, Md



5/15/04

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: first sighting 5/15 evening — jeff, Anderson, Cincinnati, OH 45244



Not here yet

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: I thought the rain we got last night might encourage them to come out, but my AM yard check shows nothing yet. South Jersey seems to be behind, but I’ll report back as soon as we have them! — Lori, Mullica Hill, NJ



Emergence in Gaithersburg, MD

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: We started to experience the first wave of emergence this week in the Washington Grove area of Gaithersburg. Yesterday (Saturday, 5/15) we started to hear the first low buzz of the cicadas. It was still at the level of background, much like traffic noise, but you could already hear the modulation. — John Bradfield, Gaithersburg, MD



tree bark

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: The last 2 nights so many have appeared
at dark that the tree bark looks like it’s sliding up the tree. We have had thousands out since thursday the 13th. These poor guys only seem to make it to about noon the next day with wings, and body parts found all around. The birds and squirrel are just waiting each morning for thier next meal.Just as the singing and flying start, it’s over that quick. Any one else seeing the same? — Thomas S., Fallston- Maryland



The bugs are arriving

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Saw two empty nymph shells and one adult cicada today. I have been checking everyday for a week and a half looking for signs of them coming out and finally saw the first one. I’m sure the rest will be following shortly. — Cindy, Pr. William Pkwy, Virginia



where best to record cicada song within radius of Asheville?

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Hello! A colleague and I are organizing an expedition to record the song of Brood X using wide-format analog tape and good microphones… where is the best emergence zone within a few hours of Asheville North Carolina? Would we do best to head north, to the NC/TN border, or farther east towards Virginia? Thanks for any replies.

-Amos
North American Institute for Psychoacoustic Research — Amos, Asheville NC



They’re here…!

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: Apparently, I jumped the gun the other day in declaring that the recent development in the area had prevented any emergence of Brood X.

Walking… er, stumbling home tonight, there are at least 200-300 nymphs and some white adults on the trees, bushes and street signs in front of my apartment building – Potomac at River House. (And here I am posting about it at 3am, how dorky.)

I feel a little less masculine saying so, but these bugs are creepy — I was up at a friend of mine’s house in Silver Spring today and his yard was literally teeming with them. And apparently, they seemed to think that my shoes were a good resting spot, even while I was standing in them (they’re tenacious little buggers and wouldn’t let go). — Dan, Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia



They have started emerging

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: I noticed a few on Friday, maybe 10-15. Today (Sat.) there were hundreds in all stages all over the yard. My dog had a field day. Needless to say she didn’t touch her food in her dog bowl. I’ve been telling my kids about the Brood X envasion for a few months now. They were totally freaking out today thinking this was it….I told them “IT’S ONLY JUST BEGUN…JUST WAIT” they can’t believe there will be more….I’m sure the sound will be WAY more than they expected too. It’s quite cool tonight so it will be interesting to see if many more emerge tongiht. The temp is below 65. — Jan, French Lick , Indiana



First nighttime sightings

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: We had thunderstorms roll through the area tonight, and I decided to go out after the storm (12:30 am) and see if I could find any Cicadas. I’m excited to report that I saw three white nymphs on the lower bare branches of some oak trees. I’m excited! Neighborhood (Loveton Farms) is just barely 17 years old, at higher elevation. We’re late, I guess!

Greg
— Greg, Sparks, Maryland



Haven’t seen one yet….

Date: Sunday, May/16/2004

Message: My neighborhood is relatively young. To put it in perspective, my house is only 17 years old. We’ve had an enoromous amount of new construction right behind our communicty, so I’m thinking…maybe we won’t get hit that hard. I’m not ruling it out though. I’m bracing myself. I’M TERRIFIED OF BUGS!! I’ve been conditioning myself for a face to face confortation with one of these things by looking at every picture possible posted on the web. Co-workers that live in Beltsville and near College Park have seen hundreds of them. Is it possible to such concentrated pockets of activity only a few miles away? — Ayanna, Laurel, MD



no cicadas yet…

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I have not seen a single cicada at my house yet. I live on a 1 acre lot that is 1/2 wooded, so this area would have been all woods 17 years ago. Somebody said they don’t like sandy soil? Could I miss out on all the excitement? — john, pasadena, md



Sightings in Odenton, MD

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Have seen many cicadas in the lawns of Odenton, but none in Crofton, MD. — Eileen, Crofton, MD



Cicada sightings

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I saw the first one Thurs.5/13 and tonight,5/15, when I got home from work there were hundreds of them in the trees,on my house and anything else they could climb on. I think they are fasinating! — Mike O., McCoole,Maryland



Maybe they’re staying in MD and VA??

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Haven’t seen one critter yet..maybe the thunderstorms are keeping them away.. fine by me ! — Kay, Enola, PA



more emerging

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I thought they would come in one big swoop, but everyday as I walk I see new emergence sites. Tip for those looking, look low. I thought they would be up higher on the trees, but they are low in the bushes and tall grass. I pointed them out to many people who were walking by and never even noticed them. I hate bugs, but these guys have me morbidly fascinated — Jane, Ashburn



They are here!

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I’m really hoping they come to York. My mom only remembers a few here. We are 30 miles for the PA/MD border and it seems PA has nothing and MD has everything. I went to my grandma’s house in Timonium and brought some back to satisfy myself by placing them in our yard! Now we have cicadas! Yay!!! — Ed, York PA



They’re coming!

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: AM chilly and rainy. While walking the dogs I saw dozens of nymph shells. Also several nymphs walking around, sluggish. Emergence is spotty. For example, our neighbor’s yard next door had a bunch of nymphs on grass, with cicadas molting, but I see none in our yard. I took one cicada home and took pictures. When you put them somewhere, they go ‘up’. Probably a lot of cicadas high in the trees. PM. Rain stopped. Saw numerous cicadas in the back yard. There were also more emergence holes in the ground. We gave the dogs their second walk. Some trees and telephone poles had 20 shells/nymphs on them, others no signs. — Tom Cpp[er, Miamisburg, OH



Cicada are here!!

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Woke up this morning and there must be 1 million of those things all over my house, car, yard, trees and that nosie is annoying

Great pics — Sean, Springfield VA



found one cocoon

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I found one cocoon under a rock this morning, put in jar. Anyone in northern morris county having an emergence? — rikikitty, succasunna nj



Seems to be starting

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I was starting to get worried…no sign of cicadas in Leesburg, but I found my first exoskeleton yesterday. Found 10 more in one tree in my front yard today. I can hear a few singing off in the distance. I guess we are about to get it.

It’s raining right now, so I expect a serious emergence tomorrow.

— Gary, Leesburg, VA



Importing Wheaton Cicadas to Flower Hill

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: My kids and I live in Gaithersburg and have been disappointed with our lack of cicadas. My husbands house in Wheaton is submerged in cicadas. We packed up a bowl of them and imported them to our apt. here. We taken tons of photos. So far the cicadas have been on the toy train and remote control car rides and lots of cicada races. Oh yes, the cicadas also hung out with my daughter’s Barbie’s on the little beds and tables and fridge. Our cat has snacked on three which rather upset my son. We’ll play with them a bit more then release them tomorrow or tonight. We put a boy and a girl on our plant on the balcony and wished them luck. Yes, we’re nuts, but they are rather cute with their red eyes and their little growls. We liked reading all about them on the nicey-nice’s. Thanks for the info! — Amy Israel, Gaithersburg, MD



Poor Bloomington Guy

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I hope this isn’t the “Keith” that’s been posting from Bloomington;

None seen yet in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis, IN. — Joe, Noblesville, IN



Emerged cicadas here on May 12…

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: We are in the middle of a 500 acre forest near the Tennessee border west of Murphy, NC.
We really don’t seem to have that many and no sound yet except off in the distance to the east of us for some odd reason we hear cicadas singing loudly during the day.
We have bird feeders and usually feed hundreds of birds but they have been gone the last few days…very wierd.
Pictures here:
Cicadas
Cicada skins
Very exciting!
Hope — Hope, Murphy, NC



First cicada sighted

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Found one this afternoon while checking milkweed plants for monarch eggs – newly emerged, still next to its shell — a cassini male. — Sarah Dalton, NE Columbus, OH



OH MY GOD the cicadas are here

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: When I woke up this morning and I stepped outside, I took a deep breath, and I said “oh my”. Things were looking, a little peculiar. So I saw cicadas, OH MY GOD did I see cicadas, I SEE THEM ALL THE TIME! IT’S A REVOLUTION!!! So I said, “Hey hey hey hey, hey hey hey” I said, “hey, what’s going on?” — Ryan J, Oakton



Any NJ sightings yet???

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Are there any confimed NJ sightings yet? I did read that one person saw some in Somerset Cty, but would especially like to know if cicadas have emerged any further south in the state. I read that Salem County was a likely emergence area, and am dying to know if any there have been seen or heard. I CAN’T WAIT!!! — Debbi, southwestern NJ



cooking cicadas

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: My Mexican neighbors visited my yard late last night to collect several hundred newly-hatched cicadas for cooking. They say they soak them in water and remove the shells & legs, fry them, and wrap them in tortillas. They will bring me some tonight & I may try eating one of these tortillas, or at least see how they look. I was afraid there would not be any cicadas left but there are lots more…Hyattsville Maryland. — mahala, hyattsville maryland



bugs

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: they are everywhere, in the tree’s the pond,and they are nasty can’t wait for them to leave,on the other hand my grandson like’s them and he is only 2 1/2 so we are getting picture of him with them — elizabeth, severn maryland



Crunch crunch crunch.

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Must be thousands that have emerged in my neighborhood, Parkside Condos near the Grosvenor Metro stop. Went for a walk this morning and they are all over the trees, sidewalks, sign posts, fire hydrants…felt bad about stepping on them but I tried to avoid that as best I could. Not too many are actually flying though. A lot of them seem to have messed up wings, and many seem to have died shortly after emerging. Makes me wonder if something is wrong with my local population. As for the healthy ones, they’re fascinating to watch. See http://www.djflowerz.com/cicada.html — Evan, North Bethesda, MD



If I were just about to graduate from high school…

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I would plan my next 17 years so that I will be able to come up with a working pesticide to kill this X brood before it invades our living space again. Nothing but disgust to the people it brings – everyone I know would prefer never see it. They don’t even “taste just like chicken” – according to those who are curious enough to try. MY DOG IS WEARING A MUZZLE since Monday – because just a though of her eating those things make me sick, thank you very much. I’d rather compensate her need in proteins with beef or lamb.
Best regards,
— Elena, Fairfax Villa, Fairfax VA



They are singing!

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I spotted my first adult cicada this morning on my balcony. Well, my cat Layla did. Luckily enough the window was closed hehehehe. Laura from Fairfax, I agree with you. If one of those things landed on me, I might die!!! Ewwwww. I’m not going out for the whole cicada season. Anyway, they are clearly visible today here across from W & OD Railroad Trail Regional Park, and they have been singing in the wooded park since this morning. — Lori, Arlington, VA

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