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May 16, 2004

May 13th – 16th 2004 Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X,Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:25 am



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



Where are the cicadas?

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I want to take my kids to see the cicadas but the only sightings in NJ appear to be in the central/northern regions of the state. I am in Cumberland County located in the southern region, has anyone sighted any in this area? Any ideas where to look, wooded areas etc. There seem to be plenty in DE and MD so I may just have to take a day/night trip. — Cindy, Bridgeton,NJ



Cicada Emergence Maps

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I would love to see a map of the US (or the world, if someone is really motivated) on this site that shows the areas affected by Cicada emergence. It would be cool if it were interactive, too, such that one can see maybe states, or moderately accurate colored areas indicating the emergence (and maybe colored to indicate they type of cicada that’s emerging) that one can click on to zoom and see a more accurate detailed layout of the emergence patterns. — Robb, Columbia, SC



There here…..

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Just came in from watching a few thousand emerge & molt in my back yard! There everywhere!

— GlennR, Vienna, VA



The Plague Gathers Strength

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Emergence picking up speed now…not yet to the horror stage (and I’m praying we are spared), but they’re coming out fast and furious. Started on 12 May and increasing by leaps and bounds. (BTW, The Pentagon courtyard was LOADED by 13 May), I am no longer spending any time outside. If one of those things lands on me I may have heart failure. Most bugs, spiders, etc., don’t much bother me, but these things are so big and so mindless (will land on ANYTHING upright!) and so numerous, that I am totally creeped out. Got my husband to clean out the garage so I can park my car inside and dash straight from the house, heehee. Also ordered 1/4inches mesh to put over my small (less than 6 ft.) trees, as there is a chance of injury to these less established plants. My dogs, on the other hand, are having a field day! Every ten minutes they are “bugging” me to go outside so they can gorge themselves. They are having a blast scouring the yard and the small bushes for what they obviously consider a VERY tasty treat. (sorry to you cicada lovers out there–no disrespect intended :-) Fortunately, I also have encouraged LOTS of wildlife in my yard, so everyone benefits. I hope I survive this month with my sanity intact–my Mom grew up in Baltimore and remembers the 1953 emergence there and she won’t even let me TALK about cicadas, she gets creeped out so bad…I am hoping my experience won’t be similar! — Laura, Rt. 50 and Nutley St., Fairfax, VA



Pitches

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: They’re definitely out and about in Falls Church. Not a huge number yet in my yard, but enough to be distinctly audible. And from what I can tell, there are primarily M. septendecim in the area. But music geek that I am, I had to figure out the pitch of the call. For the most part, it’s a descending perfect fifth. Yesterday (13 May), the top note of that fifth was E, the bottom A440 (which is the pitch orchestras tune to)–and I found this very interesting. Today, though, I noticed that the top pitch is more like E-flat, and the bottom more A-flat (or some quartertone very nearby). Is there any known reason for shifts of pitch like that?
And has anyone ever studied the pitch/rhythm of cicada song in terms of musical analysis as opposed to biological function of the song? — Mitya, Falls Church, VA



Spewing from the ground

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: There are hundreds beneath the street trees, climbing everywhere. Yesterday nothing. Tomorrow —- oh my! — Rutherford B, Potomac



Cicadas are coming

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I haven’t seen any until tonight. They are all over the sidewalks, and each step goes crunch. I think I’m really to go on a vacation for 6 weeks until they are all gone. — Abby, Pikesville/Upper Park Heights – Baltimore



THEY ARE OUT!

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I came home tonight around 11:30 pm and hundreds of the little buggers were crawling all over the pavement and onto trees…i even saw some on the wheels of other cars! Took some great pictures. Oh and my cat loves them! Bring a few in for your kitty. They are a great toy! — Andrew, Fairfax County off Columbia PIke, Falls Church, Virginia



Advice for Cooking and Eating

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: We have now tried a couple of the recipes from the Cicada-licious cook book, and I have some thoughts/advice to share. (1) Don’t to the blanching thing. They turn out really gross that way. Just freeze them and cook them later, dry roast them straight away, or use them fresh. (2) There is wide variation in size, with the very largest being easily 4 times as big as the very tiniest. (3) We have blanched, pan fried, and dry roasted, and no matter how you cook them they turn out basically hollow inside. Some proteinaceous material collects in the very tail end of the abdomen, and some more in in the thorax and head area, but they are at least 80% hollow after cooking. (4) Dry roasting took some experimenting. The cook book says 10-15 minutes, but I found it took a good 40-45 minutes to completely dry out the largest cicadas. When roasting, they smell a lot like baking potatoes. It’s probably a good idea to throw them in the freezer for 10 minutes to “knock them out” before you try to roast them. (5) By the time you get them home and begin cooking with them, they will probably start to turn a little dark. This did not cause us any problems at all with cooking or eating. They were all still alive at least 2 hours after we started collecting. (6) They really do taste like a very mild nut. The “soft shelled” cicadas from the cook book were basically a waste of time–they tasted mostly like the fried breading, with just a very small amount of cicada flavor. The chocolate covered cicadas are very good. They taste a lot like chocolate covered nuts, but have just a very slight chewiness. Have a glass of mild or water on hand, because the chocolate melts away before you are done chewing cicada material, and you might get some stuck in your teeth. Don’t let that last bit scare you away, because the cooked cicada is really only a small amount of actual stuff, and the taste of the chocolate covered cicadas is really very good. Good luck! — Keith2, Bloomington, IN



Amazing Little Miracles

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Went out last night and found about 7 or 8.
Had a good rain here today and this evening, my friends & I drove all over our neighborhoods, sighting hundreds!

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— zappagirl, cincinati (greenhills) ohio



Cicada’s have arrived

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Haven’t seen them at my house but they have invaded my parent’s yard. There are holes about 2 inches apard all over one side of their yard and you can’t take a step without stepping on one. And the noise. It sounded like hundreds of motors running. Amazing. — Sandy, East Tennessee



Cicada Landing

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Yesterday (5/14) at the Howard County High School Tennis Tournament at Wilde Lake Tennis Center an adult Cicada utilized my leg as a landing strip. It was alarming at first but I recovered quickly and inspected the creature. Very docile and in a wierd way, cute.

Most of the High School boys around me reacted with curiosity. Most of the girls ran away screaming.

After seeing NO cicadas around my property I awoke this morning to see about 50 shells and 30 adults clinging to the side of my house. The area birds have yet to notice them. A literal smorgasbord awaits them! — Jeff Grimshaw, Columbia, MD



Our Apartment is crawling, neighbors have very few…

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: We first started seeing them on Tuesday at our apartment. On Wednesday night I could only find 4 to use as fishing bait. Friday night there were hundreds crawling everywhere around our apartment building, but the neighboring buildings have very few. Today, we are seeing them everywere, in all stages of growth. — Jeff the Canadian in MD, Catonsville, MD



The Unearthly Singing

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: You walk outside in the morning and it’s like the ALIENS have landed (so true). No kidding, it’s like the Flying Saucer Invasion sound effect in the movies. To me that’s the most unsettling part initially. You actually don’t even have to go outside, you can hear them indoors too. You cannot escape it. It is here. We spent last night watching hundreds of them coming out of their shells on our front step, and all around the creepy rustling. Everywhere. — John, Arlington, VA



First Large Emergence–and First Sounds too!!

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Updated photos at http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/sllesq/detail?.dir=/3883&.dnm=a1be.jpg&.src=ph
Found a HUGE concentration in some weeds and grass over by a stream, and heard them chirping for the first time while I was over there taking photos. — WSOsGirl, Wilde Lake, Columbia, MD



Haven’t Seen a one!

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I live in South Bowie and I haven’t seen one cicada. My son said he saw a couple of shells on his way to school yesterday. I am thankful and hope this will continue. I do like those big bugs that fly on you. If I don’t see a one it will be ok with me. — Denise, Bowie, Maryland



Bienvenidos Cicadas

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: They are here in Columbia. I watched them emerge last night around 10:30. It was so cool. Today there are many shells on trees and bushes. There are also a few fully developed cicadas on plants and trees. There were two hanging out on the tires of my car!! They are so cute. Tommorrow I expect to see a lot more. — Monica , Columbia MD



Cicadas Everywhere!

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: There are everywhere this morning, 5-15-2004 and I don’t think they were here yesterday! They are mostly found in sunny places, I suppose to help with their metamorphosis. I can clearly see them emerging from their old shells, unfolding their wings, warming up and hardening and then moving for vertical structures. — Dave Starcher, Reisterstown, MD



Blackhill Regional Park

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Found a couple of molting nymphs out front of my house. I can hear the drone of cicadas in the distance, across the lake at Blackhill. Was getting worried because I’ve seen tons in Rockville, but none up here. Thought that maybe that these new townhouse developments had plowed all the critters under. — drex snodworth, Germantown, MD



Cicada attack

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: I woke up this morning, and went outside. And there were cicadas all over my house! There are probably about 50 of them on my front porch! — Laura, Maryland



cicadas are awesome!

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: TOP SERIOUS! — Jon, Owings Mills, MD



Lots now

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: Yesterday 7pm, nothing. Yesterday 11pm, maybe a hundred on all the trees. 5/15 at 11:30am, over a thousand shells. More coming, but the stupid dog eats all of them (along with everything else non-metal) — Brad, Timonium, MD



They’re here!

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: The cicadas were slow to emerge here, in Reston, but are coming out more and more. Yesterday we had about 10 in the back yard on the house, but today, there were enough for my husband to sweep up and move out of the way. Our dog has already eated one and decided it wasn’t as tasty as it could have been!

No noise yet either…I’m anxious for the noises. This brood year is the first I ever remember seeing.

— Robin, Reston, Va



Theyre here and singining!

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: After seeing lots of thier holes in the ground, and lots of thier husks on trees, and LOTS of thier dead bodies on the sidewalk and street, they are not only finally here, but they started to sing today.

At first I didnt think there were going to be that many, but I was wrong. They are literally crawling all over the place. I was kind of surprised even to hear them this morning when I woke, let alone how LOUD they are.

At the gas station this morning while pumping fuel, I felt a strange tickling on my lower leg. I brushed it away not even looking or thinking. Then a minute later I looked down.. and there were 4 fully adult cicadas on the ground near me. I didnt pay much attention to them at first. Then I felt the strange tickling again. I look down and one is on my shoe, and one is on my leg about half way up my calf!

He fell off and fluttered around on his back for a minute then went right back to climbing up my shoe again. So when I finsihed pumping the gas. I picked all 4 of em up, and placed them in the tree at the edge of the station.

I dont see how on earth anyone can be scared of these things. I think they are kinda cute! I even feel kinda sorry for them because they are so clumsy. LOL! So they are here and in BIG numbers in Fairfax VA! — DC UNITED FAN – K.J., Fairfax, VA



There Here!!!!!!! First shells/bugs late Fri evening

Date: Saturday, May/15/2004

Message: There Here!!!!!!! First shells/bugs late Fri evening.

We have had intense rain….and Now Cicadas..found 10 in just the lenght of my house on west side of foundation.

Here we go…….

— James Hail, Martinsville Indiana



Need travel advice

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: So, my 82 year old dad mentioned to me that he would like to experience a cicada emergence before he passes on. He’s in great health, don’t worry, but despite his robust nature, chances are he won’t be around for Brood X’s next go ’round.

If I was to organize a trip in the next month to see an emergence, where in your expert opinion might we have the most memorable experience?

Any advice is helpful, as I’m a California native and never seen a cidada, much less an emergence.

Thanks! — Edith , Never Seen a Cicada, CA



Massive

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Each last three nights ten times the night before. Tonight so many they are knocking each other out of the trees for lack of space. — Chris, Potomac, MD



1st sighting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I haven’t been sure if I was looking forward to this or dreading it, having grown up in the western US, where periodical cicadas don’t live. We saw a couple dozen this evening in south-eastern Ellicott City. Came home (western Ellicott City) and looked outside with a flashlight, and still no sign of mass emergence, but did see one brave little cicada fly past my head and through the beam of my flashlight while I was looking! — Corine, Ellicott City, MD



All over the place!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I live in Annandale, VA and during the morning to early afternoon, they are all over the place. I know they are only bugs but they scare me because of how big they are. Just waiting at the bus stop, I saw them going into the street and beside the bus stop in the dirt. — Mike, Annandale, VA



I never thought an insect could be cute…until now!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I was terrified when I opened my door a few days ago and saw so many huge bugs all over my front porch. Since then, I have learned all about cicadas and am no longer afraid. I love seeing and hearing them all around my yard. — Jo, Cheverly, MD



First cicada

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Saw the first cicada climbing up the brick wall at school this afternoon. — Lynn, Dover DE



Brood X finally spotted in New Jersey

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: There havent been alot of postings from New Jersey. They have finally arrived. I saw hundreds of them today when cutting lawns about 5 miles away in a wooded area in southern Somerset County. Lots of discarded shells….Cicadas resting in bushes and tree leaves. Also saw some deformed cicadas and just leftover wings with no bodies…I guess the birds got to them. I didnt get a chance to see one molt before my eyes or the nymphs climb up from the ground but hopefully in my travels I will. — mark, belle mead, new jersey



The songs have begun

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: This afternoon I heared cicada songs for the first time this week. They were faint, only a few cicadas, and they sounded like they were a few houses over from mine. This week has been pretty active with cicadas emerging each evening. — Sean, Kensington, MD



Cicadas are arriving!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Talking with co-workers today, someone who lives in Columbia MD saw them emerging today and watched one moult. Someone who lives in Kensington MD said they began to come out yesterday, today he had what he called “cicada siding” on his house and hosed them off, I’m sure they’re back. I saw one in North Potomac today all by itself (my first sighting). None yet in my yard in Poolesville. The yard looks aerated though with their holes. Daughter has bug cage ready we are waiting. — Barb, Poolesville MD



Deformed Brood X Cicadas

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I can hear the cicadas coming out of the ground. They sound almost like rice crispies. There are cicadas on my porch that need to be swept away, there are cicadas on every leaf of many of the trees here, there are cicadas every morning on my car tires, there are cicadas an inch thick around the base of several of my trees. We have tons of them.

But–the thing that scares me is that about 10% of them are deformed. Yes, hundreds are emerging with dwarfed, curled wings. Some have no wings and some are small and round. Is anyone else experiencing the same?

— Linda, McLean, VA USA



Yes! They’re finially here!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Yesterday, during my daily walk, I found one cicada dead in the road. I never saw any shed shells on the trees, so I though it was possible that it was brought up from DC on someone’s car.

Today on my walk, I found more smushed cicadas in the road where I found the other one. But this time, I found scores and scores of husks in the nearby shurbs.

I’m sure my girlfriend will be less than pleased. — Dale, Harpers Ferry, WV



Where did they go

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: This morning there were plenty with the wobbling noise. By this afternoon all the live ones were gone. There are tons of shells, some trees having hundreds. Maybe the birds havn’t been sated. — Alan, Fairfax



yuck!!!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Cicada’s are ugly. I saw a picture of one and I’m gald they have not came here ,yet! — paige, maryland,pasadena



no sign of them yet

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: i live just outside of nashville,tn…so far i have not seen or heard them yet — jon, nashville,tn



Saw our First Cicada

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I work at the Tournament Players Club at Jasna Polana, a golf club in Princeton NJ. One of our workers trapped the first cicada we’ve seen, right by the clubhouse, in a soda cup with a lid. It was his gift to me! — Kristine, princeton, nj



LOTS of Cicadas at Potomac Overlook Park!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: My wife & I went “hunting” for the cicadas last night at Potomac Overlook Park on Marcy Drive in Arlington last night and saw about 100 or so in various stages of the molting process. There were lots of empty shells around, but we only saw 1 adult. I grabbed him and he started vibrating like he was trying to sing.

It was really cool watching them come out of the ground, molting out of their shells, and expanding out their wings. They look beautiful and angelic while they’re still white, before they turn dark. What fun! — Evan, Arlington



Any in Centreville/Manassas?

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Has anyone seen ANY of the 17-year cicadas in the Centreville or Manassas areas?

We have yet to see EVEN ONE of them in that area. — Brad, Centreville



First poor buggers didn’t stand a chance

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: We watched hundreds of the critters emerge last night. This morning, our sons could find nothing but shells and wings–we live next to a bird sanctuary. The birds seemed happier this morning. — Cicadapizza, Cincinnati



They’re coming out in KY

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I’ve had few exoskeletons decorate my front porch, and a few more live ones climbing trees nearby. No mating calls yet, but we’re getting ready for the orgy. — Robin Jones, Louisville, KY



Sighting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: 2 shells found in yard — Karen, Severn, MD



Seen, not heard

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: The last couple days I only saw a few cicadas here and there. This morning my yard had lots of little holes in it and my bushes were covered with hundreds of cicadas. Haven’t heard them sing yet, though. — Lynn, Cheverly, MD



Nuttin’ Yet

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I am in northern baltimore county, And I have a 150 year old property with many old trees, I have one seen a few single cicadas around the yard ,but no masses just yet. — Cicada Bob, Hereford , MD



Vast sightings

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: The madness has begun. In the neighboorhood of Somerset in Chevy Chase, MD, there are pockets of activity. The most activity is near where some trees were recently cut down (the trunks are still there). I imagine that the loss of tree cover has exposed the ground to more sunlight, causing these areas to become more active than others.

In stretches along sidewalks near these, you can see many nymphs actively walking towards their molting destinations in the evenings and mornings (along with the unfortunate ones that didn’t make it). This morning alone, I got an excellent view of several stages of the molting process on one tree. There were the just emerging, the struggling to get out, the out, but white, and the darkening ones.

And to think that this is only the beginning! I must take pictures. — Maurice, Chevy Chase, MD



search at the right time of day(night)

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I thought we were going to miss out on the show. Not many to be found in my yard.
Peeked out again before I went to bed at 11:30pm and found the yard FULL of hatchlings. Sat on my porch and watched several hatch from right up close. They are so beautiful when they are still white!
I thought I heard it start to rain but shortly realized I was hearing the scuffling of all the cicadas in the leaves and in the grass. Okay – THAT was pretty creepy.
By morning they were again hard to find. Finally located many spent skins from the night before, and discovered that the grown bugs had hidden under leaves or flown high into the trees.

Next came the free Cicada Buffet for all the birds and squirrels in the neighborhood! Saw one last white nymph on a tree trunk but before I could get close enough to see him close a bird swooped in and gobbled him up.

Now its afternoon and the adults are flying and one has finally started singing – WEEEEoooo! WEEEEooo!

Oh this is going to be fun! — Pat, Gaithersburg MD



HEARD ‘EM

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: HAVE NOT SEEN THEM YET, BUT HEARD THEM
OVERHEAD IN CLIFTON — STEVE, FAIRFAX,VA



A-feared from a-far

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I was 8 years old when the 1987 infestation hit metro DC, and am now 25 and living in New England, where no one I’ve talked to has even HEARD of cicadas. My mother, still living in Arlington, VA, has been keeping me posted, and I’ll be traveling that direction tomorrow for a week. I feel that I’m making some sort of pilgrimage. — Ben, Keene, New Hampshire



not much here

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: So far, I’ve only seen about 6 cicada during walks with my dogs on a wide path in some open woodland. No “buzz” yet. Hoping for a little more drama! — joan, west Columbia, MD



5/13 – none – 5/14 – Hundreds

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Saw 2 discarded shells yesterday (5/13) today on the post for the Stop sign at the end of our Sreet there are at LEAST 200 of them, like they were trying to pretend they were strings of Alien Christmas (or should that be Stop sign) lights! — Ed, Glenelg, Maryland



Slowing Starting to Emerg

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I’ve seen a few on the sidewalks but not a major amount yet. Live in the Courthouse Area so I’m not sure about what type of population to expect. — Mike, Arlington, VA



Heard a Cicada Yesterday , IL

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Heard the first Cicada yesterday in Naperville, IL where I back up to a golf course…My Girlfriend is from California and was freaked out by the noise. — Will, Naperville, IL



There are only a few HUNDRED!!!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Yesterday morning saw a few shells on the driveway. Came home from work and saw the crows having a party in the front yard so I had to see what the party was about. Looked up in the trees and saw hundreds of shells. Then I went in the backyard and along the fence there were at least 250 – 300 more shells. I couldn’t believe it!!! And this is only the beginning…….
I saw a white one (he hadn’t turned black yet) this morning on the driveway and he was kind of cute so I avoided running him over. Mind you I have a serious bugphobia!!! This is going to be very hard for me. I’m even going to quit smoking because of the cicadas I can’t smoke outside anymore!! — Charlene, Aspen Hill, MD



I hear them now

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: This morning, I can hear them singing for the first time. That same sound I haven’t heard since 1987. — Jason, Alexandria



Cicada emergence

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: This morning, May 14th, cicadas emerged and are visible in large numbers, both molting and done. — Boris, Towson, Maryland



Finally!!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Had one on the garbage can and a few more on the telephone pole. I live in an older neighborhood across from a wooded park so the noise ought to be deafening — cicadalady, Arlington, VA



Pesticides

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Someone posted a message earlier about the number of deformed cicadas in his yard. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on these fascinating creatures (thanks to all the excellent links on this site!) and more than one has confirmed what I suspected: the use of pesticides in the garden can lead to deformed larvae and nymphs. Something to consider – nothing we do on God’s green earth is not without impact! :-) — DLE, Great Falls, VA



emergence

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I posted here a few days ago about an enormous number of nymphs underground on my property. A small section of my property finally had an emergence last night (was in the most sunlit section). A large number (for the small area) of nymphs emerged right at sunset, immediately headed into the forest and started climbing every tree and plant in site. Once locked on in spot, the skin split on the back of their heads, the (very white) cicadas slowly emerged out of their shells, then they grabbed onto the heads of their old skins and hung suspended while their wings filled out and their bodies grew some. This was an amazing thing to watch. What is more amazing to me is that the big show is yet to happen – when they emerge in the wooded part of my property (which is most of it), there will be an amazing number of bugs. It’s going to get loud soon. — Greg Lehmiller, North Baltimore County, MD



First Sightings

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Found several shells & a live one on my porch today! — Erica, Owings Mills, MD



Cicadas

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I have been hearing them for weeks now, but just started seeing them this past Sunday. I am totally freaked out by them and even ran in to work from my car this morning because one was hot on my heals. So far I have seen them in Randallstown and in Arbutus. I heard that they are out in full force in Woodlaawn, MD and have been for 2 days now.
Good Luck East Coast, we’re in for a duzy this time!! — Coles, Randallstown, MD



cicada siting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I saw 5 cicadas in my backyard at 6:00am
Looking for some more today. It might rain today. They were on my dad’S BARN. — Tammy Wallace, Lawrenceburg, Indiana



Cicadas Captured In Middletown, Ohio

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Per today’s “Dayton Daily News”, Cicadas have emerged and been captured by 4 and 6 year old siblings, Kyle and Sierra Stanley of Middletown, Ohio. — Pauline, Dayton, OH USA



I Deserve a Day Off!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: This morning when I got off a Metrobus to unlock the door at work, there was a family – like 15 cicadas – between me and the front door.

I was too mad and timid to go in the front, so I walked around the building to the back entrance, which is away from the trees and lawn. I can’t believe these things just TAKE OVER!!
— Maurechal, Hillcrest Heights, MD



albino cicada

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: we found an albino cicada….how common is that? — andrea, annapolis, md



Nothing yet

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: As of today, no action yet even though there are tons of wooded areas near our house in the western part of Price William County, hope they won’t disappoint us, maybe the traffic in this area scared them away. — Andy, Bristow, VA



Sighting in Hunt Valley

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Cicada shells on the sidewalk coming into work, and I was surprised considering our building and parking lot are just barely 17 years old. Lots of holes in the ground in some places. Saw no lives ones but the evidence is there! — Greg, Hunt Valley, Maryland



They’rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: They are definitely out and climbing up the trees! Lots found in the past few days in the soil while doing trailwork. The anticipation is killing me! — fiona harrison, blue ridge center for environmental stewardship, neersville, VA



Where Are They???

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I saw two trees full of empty exoskeleton’s in Towson yesterday and figured when I went home to Parkville, 10 minutes away, I should be able to find plenty in the numerous trees behind my house, to show my children, but we found NONE!!!!! We were sooooo disappointed. :-( — Cicada Lover, Parkville, Maryland



There are all over the place

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I have not seen any at my apartments. There are 100s of tghem outside my work place. — John, Reston, VA



Right out the door!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I walked out my apt door this morning only to find two cicadas mating right on my front porch! Talk about a start to the morning… — NIkki, Takoma Park, MD



Rockville, MD sighting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: All over the place here, all of a sudden, in the area near Twinbrook Metro station, in south Rockville. Sitting on trees, telephone poles, and quite a few dead ones on the ground. — Mark, Rockville, MD



more today

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: First day only a few, yesterday twenty or so, today many more in different areas. Yesterday I only saw one adult. Today I saw dozens and many shells. — Jane, Ashburn, VA



Cicada Art – CORRECT link

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I posted a link to my cicada art photos which I’m told does not work. This should work. So sorry…

http://community.webshots.com/user/crimsicle

— Suzette Crim, Silver Spring, MD



holes

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I was mowing my lawn yester day and i saw alot of holes in my yard. There was even holes in my molch. I havn’t seen them yet but i think they will be here in a couple of days if it is hot… — Ricky , NJ-Hillsborough



Cicada pictures and web site

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: It’s delightful here in Arlington. Nowhere near full emergence, but pockets of truly Old Testament-level hordes.

I’ve put up a web page with some photos and commentary.
http://www.megargee.com/cicadas — Mike, Arlington, VA



Sighted at Columbia Landing Apt. on Tamar Drive

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: As I stepped outside this morning there were at least six cicadas in various stages of molting on the front step. Fortunately or unforunately, depending on your point of view, they were all either dead or dying at the hands (or mandibles) of the ants that covered them. — Tim, Columbia



Plenty this morning

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: A few dozen yesterday, hundreds today. — Robert, Rockville MD



Cicadas at night

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Stood outside in the backyard after dark last night and watched the drama unfold. As fast as you would see one come out you’d spot another and another and another. They worked hard because this morning not a single one on the ground and they had climbed as high into the old trees as they could. Saw some fully grown adults sunning and drying off. Probably doing some mental solfege and vocalise. Okay I did break down my ten year old fear memories by letting one crawl up and down my arm. It just tickled and my son thought I was pretty weird. — Lesley, Centreville, Virginia



Cicadas aren’t a problem

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I’ve seen a few cicadas, but they’re hardly a problem compared to the mass infestation of mosquitoes that plagues all of Northern Virgina each Summer. — Snow, Fairfax, VA



Sightings

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: The first real emergence started yesterday the 13th and was really underway this morning, Friday. A tremendous population under our large elm tree. At 6:30 in the morning they were in all stages from nympths to fully emerged. — Richard, Sandy Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland



They are starting to sing.

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I went out my door and was greeted with the beginning of their singing. I live near Sligo Creek on one side and a wooded area on another side. — Shirley Jeffords, Wheaton, MD



Friday Morning Photos

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Got some photos, still only sporadic sightings, guess they will take a few days to fully emerge here. http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/sllesq/album?.dir=/3883&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/sllesq/my_photos — WSOsGirl, Wilde Lake, Columbia, MD



Cicadas should learn!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Wow! There are a lot of cicadas out in Northern Virginia! I’ve seen them in Herndon Reston Oakton Springfield Alexandria Clifton and even in Gaithersburg!! I think we should help them whenever possible. Hey cicada, this is where you should molt. Hey cicada, heres a tree for you to live on. I can’t believe that people are eating them! :) — Ray, Alexandria



cicada song!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I heard the cicadas singing this morning for the first time. They sounded as loud as a rooster! I went out to investigate and saw one laying on the ground so I put him up on the fence. Then the cicada started singing! He must have plenty of sense. — Little Johnny, Oakton



Where are the crowds of cicadas!?!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Based on my cicada experience in 1987, I’ve been excitedly pushing my students to be on the lookout for hordes of cicadas any time in the last week through this one. To my disappointment (and theirs), I have yet to see a single one in my backyard or neighborhood for that matter. Out of pity for me, one of my students brought in a carcass yesterday.

Where are all the cicadas? — Reiko, Reston, VA



They’re HEEEEEERE!!!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Found 5 shells and 2 live cicadas this morning. The kids were so funny. My normally bug-phobic son was so excited to be able to take them in for show-and-tell this morning at school. My brave daughter just said “EEWWWWWWW”. Haven’t heard any singing yet. — Eric, Bellbrook, OH



Emergence May 13

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Johnson City, TN

Pretty significant emergence around the apple tree and shrubs in my front yard.

Cute little buggers! I feel like a proud parent. — Dave, Jones



Major emergence starting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I’d seen only one carcass up until this morning, May 14, in my area of southern Columbia. This morning, I found several carcasses and cicadas on my house and yard (15 upon minimal searching). So the big emergence is starting here in southern Howard County! — Stephen Roth, Columbia, MD



Have pics of emerging cicada

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Have a pic of an emerging cicada, it’s yellow with red eyes. Looks so neat. — Nicole, Lanham, MD



Sloooow start……

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: First 2 empty shells last night (5/13) and the neighbor caught 1 live one this a.m. OH NO!!…….Here they come>!>!
Getting out the ear plugs………. — Dave, Glen Burnie, MD



FINALLY!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: They have finally started showing up in Herndon! I saw a few shells in my backyard today, and tonight I saw a few unfortunate critters squished at a parking lot. I did save the one live one I found, though. I picked him up off the road and pointed him toward a tree so he could discard his shell and live on. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings! — KJ, Herndon, VA



not much here

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: So far, I’ve only seen about 6 cicada during walks with my dogs on a wide path in some open woodland. No “buzz” yet. Hoping for a little more drama! — joan, west Columbia, MD



5/13 – none – 5/14 – Hundreds

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Saw 2 discarded shells yesterday (5/13) today on the post for the Stop sign at the end of our Sreet there are at LEAST 200 of them, like they were trying to pretend they were strings of Alien Christmas (or should that be Stop sign) lights! — Ed, Glenelg, Maryland



Slowing Starting to Emerg

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I’ve seen a few on the sidewalks but not a major amount yet. Live in the Courthouse Area so I’m not sure about what type of population to expect. — Mike, Arlington, VA



Heard a Cicada Yesterday , IL

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Heard the first Cicada yesterday in Naperville, IL where I back up to a golf course…My Girlfriend is from California and was freaked out by the noise. — Will, Naperville, IL



There are only a few HUNDRED!!!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Yesterday morning saw a few shells on the driveway. Came home from work and saw the crows having a party in the front yard so I had to see what the party was about. Looked up in the trees and saw hundreds of shells. Then I went in the backyard and along the fence there were at least 250 – 300 more shells. I couldn’t believe it!!! And this is only the beginning…….
I saw a white one (he hadn’t turned black yet) this morning on the driveway and he was kind of cute so I avoided running him over. Mind you I have a serious bugphobia!!! This is going to be very hard for me. I’m even going to quit smoking because of the cicadas I can’t smoke outside anymore!! — Charlene, Aspen Hill, MD



I hear them now

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: This morning, I can hear them singing for the first time. That same sound I haven’t heard since 1987. — Jason, Alexandria



Cicada emergence

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: This morning, May 14th, cicadas emerged and are visible in large numbers, both molting and done. — Boris, Towson, Maryland



Finally!!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Had one on the garbage can and a few more on the telephone pole. I live in an older neighborhood across from a wooded park so the noise ought to be deafening — cicadalady, Arlington, VA



Pesticides

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Someone posted a message earlier about the number of deformed cicadas in his yard. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on these fascinating creatures (thanks to all the excellent links on this site!) and more than one has confirmed what I suspected: the use of pesticides in the garden can lead to deformed larvae and nymphs. Something to consider – nothing we do on God’s green earth is not without impact! :-) — DLE, Great Falls, VA



emergence

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I posted here a few days ago about an enormous number of nymphs underground on my property. A small section of my property finally had an emergence last night (was in the most sunlit section). A large number (for the small area) of nymphs emerged right at sunset, immediately headed into the forest and started climbing every tree and plant in site. Once locked on in spot, the skin split on the back of their heads, the (very white) cicadas slowly emerged out of their shells, then they grabbed onto the heads of their old skins and hung suspended while their wings filled out and their bodies grew some. This was an amazing thing to watch. What is more amazing to me is that the big show is yet to happen – when they emerge in the wooded part of my property (which is most of it), there will be an amazing number of bugs. It’s going to get loud soon. — Greg Lehmiller, North Baltimore County, MD



First Sightings

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Found several shells & a live one on my porch today! — Erica, Owings Mills, MD



Cicadas

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I have been hearing them for weeks now, but just started seeing them this past Sunday. I am totally freaked out by them and even ran in to work from my car this morning because one was hot on my heals. So far I have seen them in Randallstown and in Arbutus. I heard that they are out in full force in Woodlaawn, MD and have been for 2 days now.
Good Luck East Coast, we’re in for a duzy this time!! — Coles, Randallstown, MD



cicada siting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I saw 5 cicadas in my backyard at 6:00am
Looking for some more today. It might rain today. They were on my dad’S BARN. — Tammy Wallace, Lawrenceburg, Indiana



Cicadas Captured In Middletown, Ohio

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Per today’s “Dayton Daily News”, Cicadas have emerged and been captured by 4 and 6 year old siblings, Kyle and Sierra Stanley of Middletown, Ohio. — Pauline, Dayton, OH USA



I Deserve a Day Off!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: This morning when I got off a Metrobus to unlock the door at work, there was a family – like 15 cicadas – between me and the front door.

I was too mad and timid to go in the front, so I walked around the building to the back entrance, which is away from the trees and lawn. I can’t believe these things just TAKE OVER!!
— Maurechal, Hillcrest Heights, MD



albino cicada

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: we found an albino cicada….how common is that? — andrea, annapolis, md



Sighting in Hunt Valley

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Cicada shells on the sidewalk coming into work, and I was surprised considering our building and parking lot are just barely 17 years old. Lots of holes in the ground in some places. Saw no lives ones but the evidence is there! — Greg, Hunt Valley, Maryland



They’rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: They are definitely out and climbing up the trees! Lots found in the past few days in the soil while doing trailwork. The anticipation is killing me! — fiona harrison, blue ridge center for environmental stewardship, neersville, VA



Where Are They???

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I saw two trees full of empty exoskeleton’s in Towson yesterday and figured when I went home to Parkville, 10 minutes away, I should be able to find plenty in the numerous trees behind my house, to show my children, but we found NONE!!!!! We were sooooo disappointed. :-( — Cicada Lover, Parkville, Maryland



There are all over the place

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I have not seen any at my apartments. There are 100s of tghem outside my work place. — John, Reston, VA



Right out the door!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I walked out my apt door this morning only to find two cicadas mating right on my front porch! Talk about a start to the morning… — NIkki, Takoma Park, MD



Rockville, MD sighting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: All over the place here, all of a sudden, in the area near Twinbrook Metro station, in south Rockville. Sitting on trees, telephone poles, and quite a few dead ones on the ground. — Mark, Rockville, MD



more today

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: First day only a few, yesterday twenty or so, today many more in different areas. Yesterday I only saw one adult. Today I saw dozens and many shells. — Jane, Ashburn, VA



Cicada Art – CORRECT link

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I posted a link to my cicada art photos which I’m told does not work. This should work. So sorry…

http://community.webshots.com/user/crimsicle

— Suzette Crim, Silver Spring, MD



holes

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I was mowing my lawn yester day and i saw alot of holes in my yard. There was even holes in my molch. I havn’t seen them yet but i think they will be here in a couple of days if it is hot… — Ricky , NJ-Hillsborough



Cicada pictures and web site

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: It’s delightful here in Arlington. Nowhere near full emergence, but pockets of truly Old Testament-level hordes.

I’ve put up a web page with some photos and commentary.
http://www.megargee.com/cicadas — Mike, Arlington, VA



Sighted at Columbia Landing Apt. on Tamar Drive

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: As I stepped outside this morning there were at least six cicadas in various stages of molting on the front step. Fortunately or unforunately, depending on your point of view, they were all either dead or dying at the hands (or mandibles) of the ants that covered them. — Tim, Columbia



Plenty this morning

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: A few dozen yesterday, hundreds today. — Robert, Rockville MD



Cicadas at night

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Stood outside in the backyard after dark last night and watched the drama unfold. As fast as you would see one come out you’d spot another and another and another. They worked hard because this morning not a single one on the ground and they had climbed as high into the old trees as they could. Saw some fully grown adults sunning and drying off. Probably doing some mental solfege and vocalise. Okay I did break down my ten year old fear memories by letting one crawl up and down my arm. It just tickled and my son thought I was pretty weird. — Lesley, Centreville, Virginia



Cicadas aren’t a problem

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I’ve seen a few cicadas, but they’re hardly a problem compared to the mass infestation of mosquitoes that plagues all of Northern Virgina each Summer. — Snow, Fairfax, VA



Sightings

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: The first real emergence started yesterday the 13th and was really underway this morning, Friday. A tremendous population under our large elm tree. At 6:30 in the morning they were in all stages from nympths to fully emerged. — Richard, Sandy Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland



They are starting to sing.

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I went out my door and was greeted with the beginning of their singing. I live near Sligo Creek on one side and a wooded area on another side. — Shirley Jeffords, Wheaton, MD



Friday Morning Photos

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Got some photos, still only sporadic sightings, guess they will take a few days to fully emerge here. http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/sllesq/album?.dir=/3883&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/sllesq/my_photos — WSOsGirl, Wilde Lake, Columbia, MD



Cicadas should learn!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Wow! There are a lot of cicadas out in Northern Virginia! I’ve seen them in Herndon Reston Oakton Springfield Alexandria Clifton and even in Gaithersburg!! I think we should help them whenever possible. Hey cicada, this is where you should molt. Hey cicada, heres a tree for you to live on. I can’t believe that people are eating them! :) — Ray, Alexandria



cicada song!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I heard the cicadas singing this morning for the first time. They sounded as loud as a rooster! I went out to investigate and saw one laying on the ground so I put him up on the fence. Then the cicada started singing! He must have plenty of sense. — Little Johnny, Oakton



They’re HEEEEEERE!!!

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Found 5 shells and 2 live cicadas this morning. The kids were so funny. My normally bug-phobic son was so excited to be able to take them in for show-and-tell this morning at school. My brave daughter just said “EEWWWWWWW”. Haven’t heard any singing yet. — Eric, Bellbrook, OH



Emergence May 13

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Johnson City, TN

Pretty significant emergence around the apple tree and shrubs in my front yard.

Cute little buggers! I feel like a proud parent. — Dave, Jones



Major emergence starting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: I’d seen only one carcass up until this morning, May 14, in my area of southern Columbia. This morning, I found several carcasses and cicadas on my house and yard (15 upon minimal searching). So the big emergence is starting here in southern Howard County! — Stephen Roth, Columbia, MD



Columbia spotting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: There was a cicada carcass on my garage this morning! Yuck! — Jean, Columbia, MD



Clifton sighting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: We have seen them, nymphs, in our backyard for two days now. The kids are alreadly killing, adults, them on the playground. We are excited and freaked out!!!!! — cicadahunter, Cincinnati, Ohio



Big Night in Bloomington

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Took the kids out tonight to gather cicadas on the IU campus. They were all over. In some places the grass was just crawling with the nymphs. We found LOADS of tenerals just ready for the picking on bushes and trees around the Jordan River (more like a middling creek) near the Bryan House. It was an amazing sight to behold. It was literally like picking berries. I recommend rubber gloves and a gallon sized zip-loc style bag. Fifty are now marinating to be breaded and fried for dinner tomorrow, about one hundred fifty more are dry roasting for chocolate covered cicadas. I’ll post again with a verdict on the flavor. — Keith2, Bloomington, IN



The Molt has begun in earnest

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: After seeing only one climb a tree two nights ago, I am seeing quite a few climbing and molting tonight. Just looked at a couple of trees, and saw probably 15-20 climbers, 5 or so actively molting, and a few drying wings off of the molts. And I didn’t even have to leave my deck! — Scott McAfee, Springfield, VA



Cicada Hunting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Went cicada hunting today near rock creek park. HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS of cicadas. Many of them were molting. We collected some of them and gonna cook ’em up and eat them. Rumor has it they are quite tasty! Its official, i’ve caught cicadamania — Scott, Silver Spring, MD



Few Photos of Cicada Swarm

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: The 17 year swarm started in our area – if interested you can check few photos I made tonight at http://www.sipankh.com/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=cicada — SIPA, Vienna, VA



Columbia spotting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: There was a cicada carcass on my garage this morning! Yuck! — Jean, Columbia, MD



Clifton sighting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: We have seen them, nymphs, in our backyard for two days now. The kids are alreadly killing, adults, them on the playground. We are excited and freaked out!!!!! — cicadahunter, Cincinnati, Ohio



no action yet

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: No emergence yet in Burnsville, Yancey Co. western North Carolina. Elevation downtown is 2,815 feet; elevation at the house ~2,950 ft. Temperature 63 degrees f at 2am so I gather soil temperature is a little too low.

This is in a borderline area – was not here in 1987 or 1970. I hope they live here and are fixin’ to emerge – want to see this once-every-17-y phenomenon. — Ruth, Burnsville, NC



Big Night in Bloomington

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Took the kids out tonight to gather cicadas on the IU campus. They were all over. In some places the grass was just crawling with the nymphs. We found LOADS of tenerals just ready for the picking on bushes and trees around the Jordan River (more like a middling creek) near the Bryan House. It was an amazing sight to behold. It was literally like picking berries. I recommend rubber gloves and a gallon sized zip-loc style bag. Fifty are now marinating to be breaded and fried for dinner tomorrow, about one hundred fifty more are dry roasting for chocolate covered cicadas. I’ll post again with a verdict on the flavor. — Keith2, Bloomington, IN



The Molt has begun in earnest

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: After seeing only one climb a tree two nights ago, I am seeing quite a few climbing and molting tonight. Just looked at a couple of trees, and saw probably 15-20 climbers, 5 or so actively molting, and a few drying wings off of the molts. And I didn’t even have to leave my deck! — Scott McAfee, Springfield, VA



Cicada Hunting

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: Went cicada hunting today near rock creek park. HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS of cicadas. Many of them were molting. We collected some of them and gonna cook ’em up and eat them. Rumor has it they are quite tasty! Its official, i’ve caught cicadamania — Scott, Silver Spring, MD



Few Photos of Cicada Swarm

Date: Friday, May/14/2004

Message: The 17 year swarm started in our area – if interested you can check few photos I made tonight at http://www.sipankh.com/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=cicada — SIPA, Vienna, VA



Mud tubes in Hershey

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Noticed a couple of mub tubes and exit holes under our large wild cherry tree yesterday morning. Nothing outside yet. — Rhett, Hershey, PA

May 14, 2004

May 11th – 14th 2004 Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X,Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:22 am



Mud tubes in Hershey

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Noticed a couple of mub tubes and exit holes under our large wild cherry tree yesterday morning. Nothing outside yet. — Rhett, Hershey, PA



There are here in force

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I saw the first one 2 days ago. Came home to find 3 more yesterday afternoon. Woke up this orning to find over 200 on my front porch! I am home now and they have begin singing here in Catonsville. — John, Catonsville, MD



Noise is on the way

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Well the cicadas are definitely afoot. I saw a few of the lumbering larva last night crawling up one side of my house. Tonight is a totally different story, not few but many, possibly hundreds are crawling up a nearby tree with the sole intent of exiting there collective carcasses. Interesting creatures to be sure if you find them you can actually hear them crawling on the lawn, climbing trees, trying to grasp at leaves. After viewing them in all there glory I decided to hop in the car and run to the store. As I exit the driveway I feel something crawling up my leg. Yep you guessed it, one of them 17 year critters, yuck. I suspect I’ll be having cicada nightmares soon. — Brandon, Rockville, Md



The emergence has started in Cincinnati

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: The widespread Cincinnati emergence started on May 12 with 40% of our study sites showing cicada activity. We have now received reports from Northern Kentucky, central Cincinnati, and the western suburbs. — Gene Kritsky, Cincinnati, OH



Sighting in Gaithersburg MD

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Saw postings of others nearby and was feeling forgotten even though our yard is full of the definitive “dime-sized” holes.
Was not disappointed this morning – saw about 50-60 skins and a couple of dozen of live cicadas. Worked from home and was able to watch the molt, the climb, the nap, and the flight to adventure. Probably would have sighted quite few more except for the birds happily enjoying cicada buffet for lunch! — Pat, Gaithersburg, MD



only crawling larvae so far…

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Well, for some reason I really haven’t found any on my property, but last night I counted about fifteen larvae crawling on the sidewalk out front of my neighbors house. Tonight I counted sixteen, along with a couple of shells Gosh this is exciting. I’m only twenty five so I don’t really remember the last one. I hope they hurry along because nothing sounds more like summer than the music of cicadas! — Joshua, Northeast Baltimore, Maryland



They’re here!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Saw about ten cicadas crawling around on one block in Woodley Park. Can’t wait till they start getting loud. — Taylor, Washington DC



First Sighting in Chevy Chase, MD

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I first saw them (yeah!!) yesterday morning sitting on daffodil leaves when I went out to get the paper. More this AM. Grabbed my digital camera both times and got great close-ups since the cicadas were drying their wings and couldn’t fly yet. They are a marvel!!!! — Ann, Chevy Chase, Maryland



FOUND: Cicada shell…

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: My daughter brought me what she considered an interesting insect shell 2 days ago (May 11th), and I finally checked it out…Sure enough, it’s a cicada shell…I haven’t heard too much ruckus, so don’t know if it was a solitary cicada, or if there’s more and we just haven’t found more shells…I’ll be mowing the grass tomorrow, so we’ll see then…If not, at least we know that they’ve arrived in Odenton… — Vivian P, Odenton, Maryland USA



There here-tough on motorcyclists

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Had my first one smash right into my face (faceshield on my helmet was raised) at about 35 mph in Owen County, Indiana. Man was it painful. It will be a tough month for motorcyclists in Indiana.
— Brendan Kearns, Clay City, IN



They’re back!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Finally, after a long awaited arrival, I caught my first one this round tonight. They are cte in there own sort of bug eyed way, only saw one live one, saw many shells however. Can’t wait until they’re making my ears ring…oh, and I’ve heard some people say they are finding “albinos”. While there may be albinos out there, they all start out white, with red eyes (look like an albino, right?!), but however they are just newly emerged. Just wanted to clear up any confusion. Enjoy them while they’re here! — Jeff, Parkville, MD



Just starting to see them

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Walked my dog this evening thinking maybe there just aren’t any cicadas around me, being in a newly developed neighborhood. Just then I heard something fall from a tree, walked over to it, and in the process stepped on a cicada and saw a few crawling up a tree, and saw the holes. I was only able to see about 5 of them, low in the trees and on the ground. So, they are likely the first buggers to come. — gmoney, North Potomac, MD



Slowly but surely

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Saw a shell WAAAAAAAAAAY up in a tree this morning, 2 more on a signpost this afternoon…expecting to see tons tomorrow..we’ll see. Saw TONS in Silver Spring on my way to work though… — WSOsGirl, Wilde Lake, Columbia, MD



O NOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo!!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! I cant believe people are actually eating these things. Is there like a shortage of spam at the local Giant or something. I havent seen a cicada yet, but I have been preparing myself for the mass hysteria they will cause. I remember when I was 8 and they first showed. It was crazy. They were everywhere. The worse was the shells they leave behind. O well they are one of god’s creatures. — Sytero Illgalscus, Riverdale, MD



Cicadas are up in Bloomington, IN (but not in the countryside)

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: The Cicadas are up today, May 13, inside the town (Bloomington, Indiana), but out in the countryside away from the heat sinks of pavement and buildings, they don’t seem to be up yet.

http://www.kevinatkins.com/20040513cicadas

-Kevin
— Kevin, Bloomington, Indiana



House alarm?

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: My mother, who lives in Ellijay, GA, called me today. She told me that she called the security office of the gated community where she lives to report a house alarm going off nearby. They called back a few minutes later, “I’m sorry ma’am, but the noise you are hearing is not an alarm going off, it is the cicada’s mating call.” Needless to say, my mother felt very foolish! — Linda, Jonesborough, TN



They’re here!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I hadn’t seen any until this morning but there are shells everywhere so they are here! — Beth, Catonsville MD



Abnormal Mutations.

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I have noticed that a lot of the cicadas are mutated in some way. Some have no wings, some have small shriveled wings, some have one large & one small wing, some have two curly wings, etcetera. I have also noticed that some have underdeveloped bodies. For every normal cicada I have seen in my yard I have seen two or three that are abnormal. We are still getting hundreds of them as of today, 05/13/04.
— Scott, Franconia, Virginia



One shell…

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I saw my first cicada shell today on the tire of my car this morning. I imagine that is a good indication of what is to come!!! — Karla, Fairfax



Cicadas are Awesome and Here!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Cicadas are everywhere here in Timonium, every night hundreds more emerge – my cat is going crazy. I left NY and love this! — Steve Saia, Timonium, Maryland



Sighting in Takoma Park

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Cicada sighting today, at my busstop, Wabash & Flower Ave. Yesterday there was nothing and this morning…there were shells galore! Ugh! yuck! There was one little cicada wabbling around in the grass as well.

— Jennifer, Takoma Park, MD



Any Carroll County (MD) sightings?

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: We are still looking for them – someone told me in Carroll County, MD they really aren’t that prevalent. Has anyone seen them in Carroll County yet? I am in the southwestern corner near Frederick and Montgomery Co. — Laura, Mount Airy, MD



Here They Are

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: First saw several yesterday morning on the trunk of a tree in my front yard. Saw even more this morning as well as some making their way through the grass. I live on 1/2 acre very wooded lot backing to acres of treed parkland. Tons of cicada holes all over the back yard. Should get very exciting in the next few days! — Tom McCafferty, Falls Church, VA



Go to the National Cathedral, see tons of them

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Was around the neighborhood of the National Cathedral last night, and they are EVERYWHERE. The concentration of them was huge walking up the sidewalks of Wisconsin Ave, and they are in all stages of emergence. Crazy. — Eric, Washington, DC



All over the place but no noise yet

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Well they’re all over the clothing left outside overnight and the benches and coming up through the gardens. No noise is coming from them yet. — Jennifer, College Park, MD



First One

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I heard one for the first time today. It actually woke me up from my nap. It ha been “singing” all day. I will be going out to look for him later. — Wolfie, Olmsted Falls Ohio



Any other brides?

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: So I’m getting hitched June 5th IN THE PARK outside of Philly. I’m just worried that we won’t have enough seats for these uninvited guests. Any other brides share my concern? — Rachel, Philadelphia



Just starting here

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I *think* I saw a cicada flying past my kitchen window in the backyard within the last hour. I haven’t seen any up close yet, though a neighbor said that they did out on New Hampshire Avenue. — Melissa, Cloverly,Montgomery County, MD



emergence dates

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: First observed emergence on May 5. Night of May 11 was heavy activity, but night of May 12 was even heavier! As many as 50 on one Iris plant. — Daniel, Bethesda, MD



Bugged Out!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: The cicadas have emerged in the Kensington area this past Monday. I hated them in 1987 and nothing has changed since! Hopefully, I can survive this emergence without going insane! — AMSL, Kensington, MD



OUR GRASS MOVES

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: They were out in full force this AM. We had seen the shells but nothing else. This morning the grass was moving as they made their way to the maple tree in our front yard. Very creepy…There were hundreds all trying to get a date. — Gretchen, Fairfax, VA



Night vigil with my daughter – they’re here!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Yesterday we saw a couple casts in the yard and one half-eaten adult. So last night at 10:00 pm I took my fellow-bug-loving 3-yr-old daughter and my always-looking-for-adventure foreign exchange student out with a flashlight and the digital camera and caught hundreds of the bugs in the act of molting on a tree in the front yard. It was fascinating. They’d crawl on our feet if we stood still too long (no Flip-flops from now on!). It was like watching a birth every time a new molting ocurred. I let my 3-yr-old take a newly-molted adult with fully unfurled wings, inside in a plastic container, so she could see how he (she?) would have changed from white to black by morning. I hope she remembers this forever! — Viki Johnson, Temple Hills, MD



Interesting timing noted.

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: We live in a hollow, that is slightly cooler and a bit behind on most climatological events, so the Cicadas just began in earnest last night. Interesting that they only seemed to come out of the ground for the first hour or so of darkness. I’m guessing this is another insanely instinctual part of this strange bug; that gives them the most time until daylight to climb and molt while the predators (birds and squirrels) are all asleep.
We live on five acres of old trees, so I think we’re in for quite a show! — Armand Sadlier, Howard County, MD



One Cicada

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw one live adult this morning while walking to work in Falls Church VA. I saw a lot of remnants in the Metro parking lot. Strange–where are all the live ones? — M, Falls Church



Now I’m Sure

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Previously, I may have mistaken a brown slug emerging for a Cicada. The photo gallery on this site convinces me I may have had initial confusion. However, I later did see a red-eyed Cicada on a tree in the evening, and an empty shell in the morning, so they’re here … — Peter, Sterling, VA



Cicadas in the bluegrass

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Found one exoskeleton Wednesday morning on my porch, and a live one — beady red eyes and all — on a wooden gate. Also a few sitings in Southern Indiana… — Alex Davis, Louisville, KY



“white” cidadas

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Thousands in very isolated pockets only, around N. Grubb Rd. in Chevy Chase.

This morning I found what I thought were albinos, then realized they were slowly drying their wings and becoming adults.

One’s in a bug cage on my desk right now-I’m watching his tiny crumpled wings unfold, and his abdomen darken. They are very sweet bugs, and crawl placidly on your arms and fingers, a delight to examine closely. Amazing, the red eyes.

This is truly a beautiful and awesome event and I’m enjoying every minute of it! Going out to look tonight and see it begin… — MerryB, Chevy Chase,MD



WOW WOW WOW WOW and WOW to infinity

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Today was a HUGE day — early morning while it is still cool and dewey is definitely a great time to see them in action, molting out of their sheds. Their are THOUSANDS in our yard — some have really climbed quite a ways to get up and out on ends of branches; others were bogged down by the pachysandra and are only a few inches up. We saw many in various stages of emerging — a real treat since one was at eye level for the girls to see up close. Obviously many had emerged overnight, as there were hundreds that were already dark and sunning themselves. We rescued a few that were in the middle of the yard and placed them in areas where they wouldn’t be as exposed to feet or predators.

Truly an amazing event to witness… more to come! — LST, Annandale, VA



PARANOID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Every since the first sighting a few days ago in College Park, I think that everything flying around is a cicada. I am terrified of large bugs. Really, I wish that this entire cicada thing goes away PRONTO!!!!! By the way I think I hear the ugly buggers now. — Charmaine S., Riverdale, Md



None here yet!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: After reading all the messages on this board yesterday. I went out and check my yard last evening. I saw some holes in the ground, not sure if they are ant colonies, or cicadas readying to emerge. — Beverly G, Springfield Towship, PA



They have emerged in West Springfield Va

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: They are coming out — overklok, west springfield



Ellicott City Maryland Cicadas

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I’ve been watching the board with great interest- but hadn’t seen any signs of cicadas in Ellicott City, Maryland. But finally this morning I saw dozens of shells in the Howard County Court House parking lot- and even one little guy who was trying to make his way to some place verticle- but having a tough time of it. Glas to see it’s not all hype. — Ian , Ellicott City



Nasty Creatures!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: First started seeing them on Monday. I’ve been doing the Cicada Two Step every morning when I leave for work. Apparently, they like the front porch of my apartment building! Ugh! Nasty creatures! There were twice as many this morning as yesterday.

I have tickets for the Capital Jazz Fest [AT] Merriweather in Columbia, MD on 6/5 and 6/6. This emergence should make my concert going experience…rather interesting. — MB, Arlington, VA



They’re baaaaaaaaaack!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Saw my first batch of Brood X yesterday; fascinating! I was turned off by the fact that so many were being eaten by birds; now, how fair is that? I mean, you’re underground for 17 years, and the minute you come out, you’re a snack for a bird! Boo!

Welcome back, cicadas! — Sue, Riverdale, MD



Cicada Sighting

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: They are definitely in the Hamilton area. I have a tree that sits in my front yard. This morning as I was leaving for work, I saw about ten in the tree and about 20 or so in the street. They are really starting to emerge. I saw a lot of holes in the ground. The last time they were here, I was 4. I remember very vaguely, so I am very excited about them coming. Enjoy! — L. Lynch, Baltimore, MD



Thery’re Mobilizing

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: The cicadas have now awakened and no longer slowly moving about. They are flying, dropping from trees. I need an umbrella to go from my walk way to the front door without getting landed on. I’m glad this is only a major event every 17 years! — ED, Bethesda



Ewwwww

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: While walking to work this morning, I saw several dead (smooshed) cicadas on the sidewalk and one alive cicada walking along the sidewalk; it had to have been at least an inch and a half long. Seeing it totally wigged me out. I think that these things are going to be out and flying about real soon. I’m going to have to dig out my old baseball cap to wear so that the darn things don’t get caught in my hair. EWWWWW
Let’s just get this over with already!! — Mary, Rockville, Maryland



Cicada sighting

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: My Grammy and me just saw our first cicadas on our front porch. Grammy told me all about them and said they go through many changes. We even think we could hear a little bit singing way back in the woods. It might be too early, Grammy has heard them before and said she thinks that is them. Anyway, from Clarksville, Maryland…There Here! — Olivia Schwab, Clarksville, Maryland



convoy—popping sounds

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: When we returned home after dark last night my kids said ‘hey look, its a convoy’. Curious, I looked down at the sidewalk and sure enough there were at least 100 cicadas creeping alond in formation from the tree lawn to the fence. It surely is amazing to witness the inate determination of these creatures!…
Last night was warm again so we left the windows open as we slept. I was awaken early this morning when a car drove down our street. Pop, pop, pop was the sound of the poor cicadas being crushed by the moving vehicle…
— ldb, McLean, VA



Ready or not…

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I saw my first cluster of cicadas (cicadae???) & abandoned skins in front of my house this morning as I headed out to work. There were maybe 10 or 12, all still white, and a couple were still in the process of emerging from the skins. I was beginning to wonder if we were going to see any in Springfield, but I guess the time has come! My colleagues who live in Burke also began seeing the cicadas in their yards in the past couple of days. — Michael, Springfield, VA



Remove Bugs – I’ll pay you

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: They are all over the place in front of my apartment complex in Bethesda (cheltenham / tilbury / chase). I’d pay someone to sweep them off my sidewalk and stoop every morning before I leave for work!

— Herbert, Bethesda, MD



Amazing!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I finally got to see a bunch last night. They are amazing- I swear I could hear them moving in the grass as well as see them emerging. I watched one “hatch” from it’s shell and watched his wings come about. VERY COOL!! Wile so many folks are disgusted by them, I am absolutely fascinated by them and can’t wait for the rest to arrive!
Does anyone know if they come out more at night? There were too many to count last night and then this morning just a handful of shells remaining. — Jenn, Alexandria, VA



BAM!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: BAM! They are here! Hundreds of Brood X graduates showed up on the morning of May 12 in the back yard with dozens climbing up the back of our house. One oak tree in particular is bearing the attack of the cicadas so far. — Larry, Burke, Virginia



Brood X Emergence May 13

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Last night was the third night of emergence and by far the heaviest. When I got up this morning the large trees in my front yard were covered with empty nymph shells and so was much of the ground around them. There were still large numbers of nymphs edging their way through the grass and many adults in the process of quickening or sitting on the ground waiting to get up enough gumption to fly off. I also began to see some in the air although still not many. My 9-year-old son picked up a couple of adults and let them crawl up his arms. Our six-year-old son, however, is suffering from a bout of the “yucks.” My suspicion is that tonight will be even bigger. We shall see. — jmgradon, McLean, VA



CICADA MANia HERO

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Adrian Portland says: “He seen a cicada in a hole being attacked by ants” He also said ” That is common” so being the nice person he is he dug it up; got it out of the hole and made a new hole and put him in there till it was ready to leave it. — Marc Yourfavoritstudent, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, USA



Cicadas are neat!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I’ve been waiting and waiting for my first sighting this year – and was rewarded this morning. Our old elm tree was covered with numerous cicadas in various stages of emergence! Watching them develop from an embryo-like critter into a fully mature cicada in a matter of hours is truly amazing! Evidently, the birds think so too, as I was joined by a male cardinal who came within about three feet of me before he decided I might eat him before he could eat the cicadas! (LOL). Since we have lost several of our old trees in the last couple of years, and there’s been a lot of development in the area and increasing use of pesticides in no-till farming,I was concerned our cicada crop might not be as healthy as it was the last two cycles (we’ve been at the same house since 1963). This morning’s emergence is reassuring!
— Frances Smith, Sparks, MD



cicada sightings

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I have a bunch munching on my azaleas, must be more than 20. My cats have sniffed at them, but not taken a bite yet! I have spotted one that is white with black eyes, the rest are the regular red eyed type. — M Merriman, Springfield Va 22153



Don’t hurt them, they won’t hurt you :)

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I know many people get the jeebies about large bugs, as I am one of them, lol, but these are amazing creatures….They have lives 17 years underground waiting to emerge for a few weeks, mate & die. I bought my 3 yr old daughter one of those bug boxes with the air vents & handle on top so she can see how interesting they are. So, don’t squash them, try to deal with them, it will be 17 years before we see them again, hard to believe my daughter will be 20!! — Staci, Beltsville, MD



Wow. Really Cool!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: At first I was pretty anxious about this whole thing (being from NY and all), but I finally saw a bunch last night and they’re cool! An adult popped out from behind my car tire this morning…I think he’d been hiding from the birds (lots of squished/eaten nymphs around him). Now I’m excited…they’re kinda cute in a spooky way. — Sue, Arlington, VA



Cicada Sighting

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: When I went out for a smoke this morning around 1000 I saw a cicada skin on a tree by the picnic table and the cicada on the table. I moved it off of the table at which time it left. — Fred Oelrich, Andrews AFB, Clinton, MD



Does anyone know where the largest concentration in this area is???

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I was just wondering, where in the MD/DC/VA area where the largest concentrations of the cicadas will be?
I have seen about 12 shells & 2 cicadas, one which I caught for my daughter, the other became an ant victim, he landed on the concrete & the ants ate his legs off!! I guess ants enjoy them, too!! — Staci, Beltsville, MD



Bonjour, cigales!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Eerie sounds from the trees, and piles of shells on the road, a few blocks east of downtown Silver Spring. Wow! — Gaston, Silver Spring, MD



The Great Gathering Tree

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: This tree is located on a warm streetcorner in my Rockville neighborhood. Last night as I was walking by I heard an unearthly squirming, crawling, scrabbling sound. I came back with the flashlight to see what must have been at least a thousand cicadas on the base, trunk and branches of the tree. Interestingly, there were many trees nearby with few or none. The warmth of this spot seems to have attracted them.

When I returned this morning, there was a large pile of husks and a few bugs still struggling to emerge. There are also lots squished on the roads–again, I’m guessing because the warm surface is attractive to them. — Julia, Rockville, MD



early risers – not the brightest creatures

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Last night I stepped outside around 11pm and witnessed the first few arrivals in the mulch beds in front of my house. We have a concrete porch with steps at the entrance, and for some reason this was their sought after destination. It was only three or four of them but I watched intently for about an hour to see what they would do. And what they did was proceed to make the arduous journey up the side of the porch, only to want to climb higher once they reached the foot of the door. So they walked along the edge of the porch (fairly swiftly) around and around trying to climb the various surfaces, all of which were too steep. Some would fall back off the porch and then try and climb it again. Now there is a nice tree in our front yard so I moved one over to it and he seemed content with the fact that he could get a foothold and started climbing up. I thought great, Ill get to see one molt! But he didnt stop climbing, and after about ten minutes he was 7 feet up on the tree. He promptly lost his footing and fell 7 feet into the grass below. Unharmed and frustrated with the tree he proceeded to start back for the porch! (Cicada skating rink). So I gave up and went to bed. Im sure Ill be sick of them soon enough — Brian, North Potomac, Md



Die Cicadas Die

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: On my way to the garbage can I saw one dead on the sidewalk. One fell from a tree branch and down my neck into my shirt. I threw it to the ground and poured the rest of my Pepsi soda on it. — Donald Pilner, Washington, DC



They are out!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Went for a walk this morning 5am, couldn’t help but crunch a few under my feet. Saw what looked to be hundreds on the street under a light. Looks like many will be squashed under the tires. I hope my dog doesn’t eat too many! Who knows maybe they will make her breath smell better! — Curt, Aspen Hill, Rockville MD



Saw some today hanging

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I saw a bunch of cicadas (perhaps 10) hanging on a tree. I found a molted shell on the ground, and noted many emergence holes near the base. Probably many cicadas here. — Ben, UMBC Campus, Catonsville, MD



Bunches in Bloomington

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I found a moderately sized emergence Wednesday night around 11:30 on the north side of the Indiana University campus (across the street from the parking lot “up-the-hill” from the Psych building). Several hundred in various stages of development. Fascinating, but seriously creepy, too. I for one am looking forward to the noise. — Keith2, Bloomington, IN



Nothing so far 13MAY2004 [AT] 0230

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: I just got through looking around some of the trees here around the barracks and no sign of the Brood X Cicada yet. I’ll give it a couple of days, since we have had a very cold winter this past year, they might be running a little behind schedule from the surrounding areas like Springfield, Alexandria and DC, which already have lots of ’em! I’ve been looking forward to seeing these little critters for the past couple of weeks. Back in Texas where I am originally from, we get the annual “Dog-Day Cicadas” in late Summer that have and Orange shell, black spots, and hazel eyes. — Private First-Class, Fort Belvoir, VA



Theyre heeerrrrreeeeee

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: A cicada flew in the window in nymph stage ot looks to me and I have saved him here sure is ugly and kinda small, maybe not a cicada I dont know…LOL — Nicole, Stanley Virginia



THEY ARE HERE

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: WHAT I ORIGANALLY THOUGHT WAS MUD WASPS IN MY FRONT YARD, I FIND OUT FROM OUR EXTERMINATOR THAY ARE THESE CICADAS. AND THEY WILL ONLY LAST A COUPLE OF WEEKS. HE SAID THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD DO ABOUT THEM. ANY ADVISE ON KEEPING THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE? — mark, browns mills, nj



Yuck

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: No need to witness my first confontation- these things will make a man squeel like a girl. Do I dynomite the family’s prized oak tree or move out of civilization for 5 weeks- life dependent decisions are always hard to choose! — Azza, Woodbridge, VA



Emergence

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: We were excited to see one molt on the old oak tree – it took about 20 minutes. But then alarmed to see 50 in the street. — Laurie Jo, Bowie, Maryland



Sighted!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Tonight I was preparing to go on a nighthike with my boyfriend when we happened upon a thriving mass of ten to twenty cicada nymphs pumping themselves up through the loose soil in a planting island at a gas station.

There were trees nearby and the nymphs are protected from being run over by cars as long as they head toward the nearest trees.

We saw more on the sidewalk and soon we decided to give up on the walk because the pavement was poorly lit and we didn’t want to risk stepping on any of them.

I can’t wait. This is my first experience with a full brood! — Carmen, Columbia, MD



Cicadas are right outside my door!

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: There must be several hundred cicadas within 50 feet of my condo. I’ve been seeing lots of holes around here for the past few days, and I finally spotted about 5 of them in the bushes and trees this morning. I knew more would be on the way tonight, but WOW! There’s a LOT. Saw them in all stages: Just coming up and crawling along the ground – climbing up bushes and trees – just breaking out of their shells – wings just unfolding – wings fully extended, etc.. It’s amazing to watch them pump blood into their wings. This is just plain cool! — Dan, Reston, Virginia



Tonite is the night

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Just opening the front door, I can hear them coming out. The end of the driveway has at least 50 of them crawling around. — alan, fairfax va



Saw them emerging

Date: Thursday, May/13/2004

Message: Thanks to this great web site, I knew the nymphs crawl out at 1030 pm or so. I also knew they were coming based on the many detailed reports here. Sure enough, I went out a few minutes after that, and saw my first one crawling out of the dirt just under a slightly raised shed.

After looking the first one over, I was able to see two more, one on a concrete slab for the hot tub, another on dirt near the base of a tree in a flower bedding area just off the lawn. They look a lot like slugs, and are a very dark choclate brown with medium brown spots and two distinct antennae.

I realize there are folks out there who are concerned about being touched by the cicadas. About the best advice I can give these folks is to consider long-sleeved shirts, long pants, wide brimmed hats and keeping some spares available, as well as some towels or moist towelettes. These preparations may not be needed, but will help assure confidence.

Best. — Peter, VA – Loudoun – Sterling – near Church Rd. & Lincoln Rd.



UGGGGGGGGGGGG

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Late wednesday nite the cicadas arrived in my apartment complex much to my dismay. These things are disgusting. I feel like we are being invaded by bugs. — Heather, Rockville MD (Courthouse Area)



Large emergence on my street

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I came home tonight at 9:00 and thought I saw a cicada on a tree. Grabbed my flashlight and went out to look closer, I’m glad I did because in a 60 minute period I counted no less than 20 in various stages of molting. Lots of exit holes in the ground so there will probably be many more I didn’t find. COOL stuff!! you only get to see this once in a great while. It takes about 20-30 minutes for them to complete the molting process from cracking their shell to sitting on a branch with wings unfurled. — John Schmidt, Springfield, VA, USA



One Cicada on a Mailbox Pole!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I grew up in Annandale and am very familiar with the Cicadas. Last large emergence which I witnessed had the cicadas with flourescent orange outlines on their wings. Three weeks ago I noticed something that really shocked me, while I was getting my mail at the community PO, I noticed a hole in the ground, moderate sized and I told my wife how Cicadas sow the soil like you wouldn’t believe. About 9 Days Later I went to get the mail and I saw a shell on the post which supports the canopy to the mailbox, lowenbehold there was a cicada on the post all by its lonesome self. At first I didn’t think it was real, I tried to pick it up and it sure was, it was definitely a cicada. This poor guy kept returning to its “post” for a few days, now hes gone. My theory on this is that 20 years ago, when our neighborhood was a pig farm, someone brought some cicadae with them from back East (in a suitcase, truck etc). They must have survived long enough to mate and drop their eggs into a tree. Now the only one left came out! His friends are all victims of the bulldozer, he will die alone, but I can say that he lived in California for a few weeks. I have never heard or seen cicadas out here, so I think this guy got lost (or punished). I know about lookalike insects, my neighbors are from back East and we all were in agreement as to what he was, hopefully another one came out maybe a female (or vice versa, not sure what this was but it had the needle on the abdomen). Amazing but true, I shoulda taken his picture. Wish I was there for this brood. At least the pictures are up! Bringing back memories, while I’m at it, I lived in Annandale for 18 years, we recently had a Thunderstorm which was more intense than Annandale ever had in 18 years, goes to show you that the climate is changing. I hope we get more, it was wonderful to see some lightning!
— Daniel Gidez, Sylmar California (No Joke)



Chow Time

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Im a highschool student in baltimore, and one of our biology teachers gave an assembly today on the cicadas. he also publically announced to the entire school that i am the one member of the school community who will eat a cicada in any stage of its life cycle. what can i say? they are yummy! well, i just wanted to give everybody and update on my cicada eatinf prowess and encourage those who have not eaten any to do so. *they emerged in roland park/ ruxton today*

~chris~ — chris schmidt, baltimore



A bunch here

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: The birds were going absolutely nuts today outside my house, so I looked out and saw a bird fly to the trunk of a tree, then onto the ground, eating a cicada. My daughters and I went out tonight to collect them to maybe cook and eat. You have to look for the grass moving. But the first bag we collected had a bunch of mites in it. We must have grabbed one bad cicada. Got about 60 totally, but we’ll toss the half with the mites. — James, Potomac, MD



Cicadas With Hangovers in Wheaton

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Gizmo (our old tabby cat) just deposited a lone cicada on the front step. (It’s his concept of rent.) Hundreds of chimneys under trees here, but the red-eyed guys are “sleepin’ in” here in Wheaton. — Jack, Silver Spring, MD



Heebie Jeebies

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I have been seeing several of them on my walk way in front of my house. This is giving me the heebies. If I had known about these things a year ago… I would have paved my whole yard! Going to go stay with some relatives for three weeks. Can’t take it alone. Yuk. I know it’s an amazing thing but I just can’t stand to see so many at once. Yuk.
— Lisa, Riverdale



Kids going bug crazy!!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: The neighbourhood kids are getting into the Cicadas here…popping up ALL OVER THE PLACE (the bugs, not the kids…lol)on our morning walks to school.
There were at least 20 of them on my front stoop, & the large tree in out front yard must be the happin place “hang out” at! — Paisley, Fairfax, Virginia



So what’s the bracha (blessing) for sighting a Cicada?

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I was with a friend when we went walking. I saw them in the upper park heights/pikesville area climbing on a few trees. Not many yet, but enough to freak me out. — Naomi, Pikesville, MD



Lone Tree Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Last night we saw a few holes around a tree, and one cicada on a blade of grass. Tonight, after dark, we saw at least 12 crawling up one tree, but not a single cicada on the other trees! They are so neat! My brother wants to try eating some cicadas, and we put one in a box to see it change. — Sarah, Eldersburg, MD



PA – found one! (lots more to come)

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Tonight 8:00PM, Route 322 near Lancaster / Lebanon County line. I’ve been watching for the past week. Finally found a nymph coming out of the ground. It’s now in a small cage next to my computer. I’ll be watching daily, more news to come. Film at 11. — Mike Frey, Lancaster PA



Cicada in Ashburn, VA

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I teach Pre-K in Sterling, VA. One of my students brought in a Ciciada still in its shell, she lives in Ashburn, VA. That is the only one I have seen so far, nobody I work with has seen them yet. Maybe they will be here soon. — Kimberly, Leesburg, VA



Waiting Patiently

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Well, so far I have seen three empty shells, all on the garage doors. I am waiting patiently for the hammer to fall. — Aaron, Silver Spring



invasion!!!!!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I just let my dog out to find a cicad invasion in my back yard!!!!I emptied my son’s baby pool earlier today to find that I must have really loosened the soil and set them free. I have to admit it makes me a little queasy to see so many. Im talking dozens!!!! — kara, severna park, md



Out and about.

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: We have not seen any spread their wings yet, but this evening a nymph was out of his hole to take a look around. Hoping that tomorrow brings us a lot of little red eyed friends warming up to a 17 year symphony! — Rich G, Gambrills, MD



Saw some in Crofton

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I saw about 1/2 a dozen in the backyard where I work today in Crofton. — Pam, Severn



Zilch, Nada, Nichevo, Rien, Zip, Zero

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Maybe this area’s seen too much development over the last decade – I have yet to see a nymph casing, let alone an actual red-eyed beastie. And to think that I was kind of looking forward to this – I’m originally from central North Carolina and as far as I can remember from my childhood, all we ever got there were the pedestrian annual Dog-Day Cicadas. — Dan, Pentagon City, Arlington, VA



cicada sightings!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Tongiht as I tuned in to watch the Bachelor on TV I had a cicada fly INTO my house through my window! I’ve seen a lot out in my front yard, its fun to see them leak some shells! — Mandy, Oakton



Where are they??

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Have only seen a few husks around the trees and fence. I found a few wings laying around the fence. I guess the first few are the unlucky ones that get eaten by birds.

I suppose there will be plenty of them around soon enough. — John, Vienna, VA



Cicada Chimneys

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Found lots of cicada chimneys and holes in the backyard. As many as 10 per square foot. No bugs though.
— Steve, Miamisburg, OH



There here!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I saw my first one this morning after it had just shed it’s shell….So add Beltsville, MD to the list!!!! — Stacy, Beltsville, MD



Thereeee hereeeee

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: In 2 days we collected a full gallon size ziploc bag of the shells. We took them to my son’s pre-K class for show and tell. They loved it! Teacher said was the best show and tell ever. I am
amazed by these mysterious creatures. I’m watching them come out of shells (white) and within 30 minutes they turn brown and their wings develope. So cool!
Can we sell these anywhere??? — Misti Stevens, Johnson City, TN



Where are they?

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I’m disappointed. I thought that since our development was built around 20 years ago we would have a good number about. Saw one nymph two nights ago crossing our front step. One on a screen this afternoon and that’s it. Some signs of holes around a couple of trees where the developers left them, but not many (maybe a dozen). — Alastair Thomson, Centreville VA



Finally here!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I was so excited to see the cicadas arrive in Fairfax! I had only seen a couple in the past few days but today they have literally taken over my entire yard! I think there have to be at least 10 per square foot!! I have an old lot with lots of deciduous trees so I wasn’t surprised. My son and I are going to break out the digital camera later today and take pictures. I’ll have to be careful though – the last time we did that he took 302 pictures! Happy cicada hunting! :) — Charles, Fairfax, VA



Cicidas Have Arrived

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Cicidas have arrived in Jefferson City. — Cassandra, Jefferson County Tennessee



They’re Here

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: They started ewmerging here about 1 1/2 weeks ago. Now at night they seem to be making a b-line for my sun room. Had to seal the space in the door before they invaded. — Jay, Kensington, MD



So far only saw a few

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: On my walk to the Metro (Forest Glen), I saw 3 shells and 2 basking cicadas. Later, walking to my office, I saw lots of *pieces* of cicadas but nothing much else.

I remember back in 1987 (I was 12)I used to catch them in flight and stick them to my gym teacher’s shirt. He’d scream like a little girl. That memory still makes me laugh! — JR, Silver Spring, MD



Sighted one in NC!!!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I have my first cicada!!!! After dealing with these guys last year with Brood IX, I know better of what to expect this year. All of my trees were ‘pruned’ last year by the cicadas and really looked better by summer’s end than they did before. If you have grapes, GET SOME NETTING!! Please do not spray these guys, or anything else in your yard. The only thing that irritates me about these is the fact that my 5 year old daughter sneaks them in the house!! Happy watching. — Jennifer, Westfield, Stokes Co, North Carolina



Thousands Hatched May 8-9th,2004

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Ranger, 6 miles west of Murphy NC the trees are alive with cicada’s .. — dean, Ranger, NC



Cicada Attack

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I walked out of my house this morning to find a single cicada sitting on my back wall, staring at me. I knew I had to act quickly, so I jetted for my car. I jumped in and slammed the door just in time to look back and see… that he was still sitting there staring at me. Maybe he is harmless. But I think he is waiting for his friends before he strikes. — Matt, Arlington, VA



Seen some here

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Actually got to see some emerge lastnight. Picked up one to check out texture. Felt kinda rubbery. Placed him back on the tree and left him to dry. Watching him dry out was quite amazing. I could actually see the little moisture drops on his wings. I felt like I was watching the discovery channel, only live :) I’m very excited. The last time I seen these guys I was 9 and had just moved to the area also very freaked out by bugs. — Heather , Laurel, MD



The cidadas won’t hurt you!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I was 13 when Brood X emerged in 1970 and that seemed like a big emergence to me. On my walk to school I’d see the cidada body shells all over trees and fence posts and I’d see the just emerged cidadas (we actually called them locusts back then)trying to dry and harden up. The 1987 emergence didn’t seem as dramatic to me and it’s probably because I wasn’t walking in a wooded area as much as I did at age 13.

A lot of people are trying to tease those who have never experienced the cidadas that these insects are going to attack them. This is NOT TRUE! These are very gentle creatures and the only thing that I thought was kind of gross was all the cidada body shells everywhere and the wet, shiny, just emerged insects. The “singing” does get a bit loud, but most people have air conditioning this time of year and keep the windows closed. It’s such a cool phenomenon so just enjoy it. This time I’m taking lots of pictures.

The cidadas will not fly at you or bother you or bite or sting you. I remember that in 1970 and 1987 when I had cats that they loved to eat the cicadas. They just dive bomb for them and the poor cicadas didn’t stand a chance. If you are really afraid of them, stay away from wooded areas and trees. If you go to the swimming pool you may see a stray cidada or two floating on top of the water. That’s a minor downside.

I walked to the Metro stop at East Falls Church today- which is actually in Arlington, VA- and I didn’t see one cidada. I have not seen any yet but I know they will be here! Enjoy them while they last. — Lisa Jane, Falls Church, VA



None here yet either

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: We are just north of Kensington, MD(technically in Wheaton) and we haven’t seen any yet either. We have tons in the ground but none have emerged yet.
I’m waiting. — Dalit, Silver Spring, MD



An interesting buzz on the Hill

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I saw my first cicada cut in front of me in traffic this morning as I was approaching Pennsylvania Avenue on 4th Street SE. Luckily it was faster than my windshield and continued on its merry way! — Johanna, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC



They have arrived….

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: A note from Columbia, Maryland: they are now here! Saw a few on a tree last night! — Heather, Columbia, MD



They’re here!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: We went to the local rec center today — a lovely wooded area — and they are HERE! Tons of sheds all over trees and the side of the building. We saw several “groggy” ones basking in the sun, waiting for their wings and bodies to dry. We also saw quite a few carcasses strewn about, not sure of the cause.

Now we await the chorus!
— L S T, Annandale, VA



AT LAST!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Emergence really got started last night– saw hundreds and only one with any sign of massospora. They seemed to be molting much more quickly than in 1987. Also noticed that male nymphs headed way up into trees to molt. I only found a few adults from last night when I checked this morning– this first group didn’t come out in sufficient numbers to escape predation. The next three or four nights will be incredible, as we’re in the 1 million plus epicentre of the brood. I LOVE THESE GUYS! This is the most fantastic display of nature you are going to see in North America! — Keith, Bloomington, IN



big emergence

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: over 70 nymphs were emerging last night in the pikesville Chruch lane area. lots were just splitting in the street, and soon swarmed by ants. so i picked up the cicadas and stepped on the ants… (that will teach em to plague my kitchen). — James, Pikesville



Cicada races

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Today, my students found several adults cicadas in the grass. So we put them on the trees and watched them race to the top. — Shirley Jeffords, Silver Spring, MD



They’re in Virginia

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Like everyone else on the thread, I noticed several last night on the underside of plants. This morning, there were about 100 on and around a telephone pole. I’m corrected as I thought this was mostly hype. — Rahul, Falls Church, VA



The Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Hey Guys! I’m so excited about the Cicadas. In fact, I just saw one this morning! It was so cool. I’m a little nervous about one flying into me though. That would be so gross! I can’t wait! I’m going to put one as my Windows XP backdrop now! — Anne R., Oakton



Dale Hollow Lake KY/TN

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Our family will be on our annual houseboat trip to Dale Hollow all of next week, May 15-23. Any ideas on what we can expect by way of the cicada hatch? Have a couple of terrified kids so need to know. Still will go, but have to plan alternative things for them to do if they won’t go catch them! Thanks! KP — Kristie, Illinois



Hundreds in my yard

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: As of 05/12/04 there are hundreds of cicadas in my yard most of them are sitting at ground level or on the side of my house. One plant in my front yard had easily several hundred clinging to it. There were a few emerging yesterday, but the bulk seem to be today. — Scott, Franconia, Virgnina



Release the Hounds

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Saw a couple of them flying around Braddock Park in Centreville on Tuesday night…a lot of evergreen trees out that way, so we’ll see if the park becomes a “million per acre” site or not. — Jason, Centreville, VA



They’re Here in Columbia

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: May 12 lots of them are coming out of the ground. Watched dozens climb out of the ground and climb the tree. Several emerging. — Matt, Columbia, MD



Sat 5-8-04

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: We got a few hundred this past Saturday in Anneslie South of Towson.
Very friendly bugs. Lots of smiles for the kids.
Mike — MIKE [AT] WJZ-TV, TOWSON



They’re definitely here

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: We first discovered fifty to one hundred cicadas in our front yard on Sunday night, when I went to take out the garbage and heard something crunch underfoot. They were swarming my front porch. My teenage son and I watched for an hour as they skittered across the pavement and wriggled out of their skins. We posted a warning sign, “Watch your step–cicadas!” There were not so many on Monday or Tuesday night, but this morning the back yard was full of cicadas festooned on the azalea bushes, resting on the swingset, buzzing through the sunlight. One enormous, enterprising black squirrel was harvesting cicadas from the bushes and consuming them as fast as he could. They have definitely arrived. — Laura, Wheaton, MD



Where do I get protective clothing?!?!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I am very anxious about these cicadas flying into me, landing on me, swarming around me, seeing them, etc…. Is there some sort of “beekeeper-ish” suit that I could purchase in the DC area to avoid “feeling” them on me? I am already getting panic attacks and some anxiety about them!! PLEASE HELP!! — Scared!, Washington DC



Cicadas at Goucher College!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I went to check out some of the emerging cicadas this morning with three of my co-workers. There were shells every where, and we watched some very groggy guys climbing up trees and drying out. There were some dead ones on the sidewalk who didn’t seem to have the strength to continue their journey.
— Audrey, Towson, Maryland



pretty neat!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I have seen one this morning [AT] 7am.
It’s 11:30 and i have approx 100 popping out. It’s really cool to
them go from the larva stage to the flight stage. Watch one, it will
be worth it!! — Thomas S., Fallston- Maryland



1 Shell Found

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I found 1 shell this morning on the base of a White Birch tree in my yard. — Rick, Archbald, PA



Saw one… but only one so far

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I saw one yesterday (May 11) on my mailbox, but thus far this is the only one I have seen. My boyfriend, in Silver Spring, MD has seen many. — Jennifer, Hyattsville, MD



Invasion

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I have hundreds of cicadas on my front lawn, front elm tree and on our walkway. The squirrels and birds have been feasting the past 2 days. The squirrels like to eat the abdomen and leave the legs wriggling. Leaving the front light on seems to make a difference. I had a few less around the front door last night as I left the front light off. Not doing this the night before resulted in many hanging on the front screen. — ED, Bethesda



Hundreds

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Our backyard is covered with shells and adults. We had our first couple on May 5, then a few more on the 6th. I left town for the weekend and when I returned on the 9th, our house exterior and back yard were covered. They seem particularly fond of the south point of our yard where I found hundreds this morning. — Ashley, Baltimore, Maryland



Windshield sitting!!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: On my drive along the GSP to pick up my daughter from college I saw this thing coming from a fair distance away. It left a big smudge on my windshield. Can’t wait to see the full emergence. — Ed Hawley, Keyport,NJ



None yesterday – hundreds today

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Couldn’t find a single one yesterday. This morning, there were hundreds in my front yard alone. Most were on the shrubs and hostas underneath my oak tree. The squirrels were going nuts! — Vic, McLean, VA



saw 2!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I saw two this morning. One had just shed his nymph-skin and was drying his wings. Very beautiful. The red eyes are stunning.

Looking forward to more! — kristenfw, lower Brookland, DC



Cicada arrival

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Cicadas are here in the Middleridge section of Fairfax. A dozen moltings around my front door this morning and a few cicadas hanging out on the front steps, not quite ready to fly. — Dave, Fairfax, VA



First One!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I saw my first empty shell (alright, 1/2 a shell) this morning! — Susan, Columbia, MD



Finally saw them!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Last night I took a walk around the block and saw about two dozen shells on utility poles — no cicadas. This morning, when I went outside to bring in the newspapers — no cicadas. However, when my ten year old and I went to get in the car at 8AM, she spotted one perched on a rear tire! Then I saw one on the other rear tire.

I remember them from when I was ten back in 1970 and then again 17 years ago. My question is: when will I say I’ve seen too many? — Dennis, Silver Spring, Maryland



Driveway Melting Pot

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: This past Monday, May 10th they were covering my entire driveway. All dead due to the heat of the blacktop. — Judy, Rockville, MD



The Mulch Will Not Harm Them

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: No worries on the mulch. Even if you kill 1000 of them, there’s 10,000’s more right behind ’em…..

I live in Northwest DC — Friendship Heights area. They’re here! Witness to about 300 cicadas this morning on my walk around the block — Cicada BBQ-Man, Washington, DC



First Sightings

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Yesterday (5/11/2004), I saw 4 shells on a short walk in the evening outside my home about a mile west of the Pentagon. This morning, I saw between 6 and 12 more shells and 2 cicadas while walking to the car. — David Gray, Arlington, VA



Brood X Emergence Update May 12

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Here in McLean in suburban DC we had even more cicads emerging last night than the night before. My 9-year-old son amused himself by picking up nymphs crawling through the grass and helping them out by putting them onto the tree trunks. Although there appear to be dozens and perhaps hundreds of empty nymph casings on the trunks of our older trees or in the grass at their base we have yet to see cicadas flying around much less in large numbers. Nor have we heard any noises we could identify as cicada buzzing. — jmgradon, McLean, VA



No signs yet – Preakness?

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Only about an hour south of DC and I’ve had no sightings and I haven’t heard them yet either. I’m excited to see them, but don’t want them to ruin the Preakness up in Baltimore this weekend. Has anyone in the Baltimore area seen them? — Wendel, Southern Maryland



Got ’em

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: We’ve had them for over a week. Just a handful right now, but the dog’s loving it. — Bart, Woodbridge, VA



The cicadas have arrived in my neighborhood!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: On my morning walk yesterday, 5/11/04, I first saw holes in the ground, then empty skins, then some dead cicadas and finally a live one, drying in the sun.

But this morning, 5/12/04…it was a bug of a different color! They seemed to be everywhere! Hundreds of skins, lots of live and dead cicadas on the sidewalks (including some 1/2 eaten and lots of random wings! Yuk!) As well as some still emerging, many buzzing about on shrubs and some in the beaks of passing sparrows. The invasion is upon us! — J. Lowe, Woodley Park, Washington, DC



Recipes!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I haven’t seen any yet, but I’ve been doing research. There is a cookbook online at the University of Maryland entomology department!

There are soft-shelled cicadas, shanghai cicadas, cicada dumplings, cicada stir-fry, chirper tacos, chocolate covered circadas, circada pie, and others!!!

http://www.urhome.umd.edu/newsdesk/pdf/cicada%20recipes.PDF — Bonnie, Elkridge, Maryland



I don’t like these Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: My children and I saw a few cicadas on our building as you walk out. We even saw them stuck together. I think they are so nasty looking. I’m getting married in June, what I’m I going to do.

— Jeanine, New Carrollton, MD



Saw them in the yard!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Saw a few shells on my tree this morning – saw a shell on a leaf in the tree last night, saw two birds fighting over a cicada in front of the door, and then saw another shell on the ground under the same tree! Telephone poles on Ravensworth Rd. in Annandale are covered with shells. — Lisa, Springfield, VA



what a pleasant surprise

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: This morning, there were shells all over the ground, and lots of critters all over the trees – hugging the bark, the leaves. Everywhere. For a number, let’s go with dozens. No noise noted.
— Joe, mount washinton, MD



The Cicada Invasion Has Begun!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Arlington Village – Arlington, VA

Cicada’s, cicada’s everywhere!

The birds seemed especially loud this morning…. — Cicada Steve, Arlington, VA



Cicadas are plentiful in Pickens County

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Our State entymologist did not expect Cicadas South of Lumpkin County, GA. Well I can tell you for sure they are here! (5/12/04) — Dave Blake, Jasper, Georgia



emergence

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: The emergence began last night here in Potomac Farms. I watched several cicadas emerge and begin to shed thier shells at about 10:30 pm. By this morning there were several dozen empty shells at the base of an old maple tree in my front yard and adult cicadas hanging out in the branches. We are expecting more to emerge in the coming days! — James, Ashburn, Virginia



There Here

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Found one in the pool this morning! I’m sure there are many more to come. — Tami, North Potomac, MD



on car Tires!!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Woke up this morning and found dozens of cicadas attached to the black tires on our car!! Also on a little tree and our wooden fence! Wow!!! — Jeff G, Silver Spring, MD



EEWW

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: There must have been almost two dozen of the nasty critters clinging to my garage door this morning. I can only guess that the birds will soon be showing up and it will look like something out of a Hitchcock film! Funny thing, though, that’s the only place I saw them. Were they there because of the morning sun? — Lynne, Oak HIll, VA



Any Cicadas near Pennsville, NJ ??

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I’ll be in the Pennsville, NJ area this weekend. Does anyone know of a place nearby to see the Cicadas ? — Karen, Rochester, NY



They’re all over the parking lot

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I just spent some time picking up 20 or so off the parking lot and tires of trucks parked overnight here at work. Yesterday we saw 2 or 3, today there are tons. — Kathy, Camp Springs, MD



Front porch sitings

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Found 5 on the front porch and a shell hanging on the brick. My son freaked out when he poked the shell and realized that there was still a bug in it that had not emerged yet. The fun has begun. — Cam, Severna Park, Maryland



No cicadas yet

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I live near Georgia Avenue and the beltway. Yesterday there were reportedly lots of cicadas near my church (east side of Ga. ave) but I haven’t even seen a shell on the west side. — Tammy, Silver Spring



Thousands in my backyard

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I’ve got thousands of cicadas in my backyard. Last night the ground seemed alive with them. There were hundreds climbing up one tree. It was bizarre. Now I know why there are big piles of the skeletons at the base of the tree. A lot climb up and then fall down. Go out at night to see them come out. — Bob, Bethesda, Maryland



They’re here

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Empty shells on the trees Monday; saw MANY emerging Tuesday evening. They are definitely here. — John, Bowie, MD



Fascinating!

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: We don’t have large cicadas in the Netherlands, but I have encountered them on my trips to southern Spain and the Sonoran desert in Arizona. How an insect like this can make such a lot of noise is a mystery to me! I would love to see this 2004 Brood X phenomenon take place. — Edith Nies, The Netherlands



Exiting the soil

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I’ve seen nymphs for about a week when digging the soil and turning over rocks. Inspired by todays May 11 Post article, I went out tonight and saw a nymph crawling up the tree. Quite a few holes in the ground, and saw one cicada butt sticking out of one. Quite a kick to see them making their way out of the soil.

I’d been feeding nymphs to my daughter’s White’s Tree Frog over the last week, but he’s been looking fat and constipated, so I stopped that practice . . . — Scott McAfee, Springfield, VA



Cicadas hit Jessup

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: My son found 2 cicadas on the front porch at 10:30pm Tuesday. — Terri, Jessup,Maryland



First look

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: Saw one (and only one) at around midnight. The rest should be out by tomorrow. — John, Severna Park, MD



Photographing an Emerging Cicada From The Shell

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I’ve been sitting outside watching a Cicada come out of it’s shell…it is so amazing!
— Lisa S, Rockville Maryland, USA



They’re Back

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: We’ve seen a few over the past couple of days, but tonight they are EVERYWHERE! — Jean, Annandale, VA



sighting

Date: Wednesday, May/12/2004

Message: I finally saw some of the little critters as I was on the way to our laundry room. I’m in the Courthouse metro area, in Colinial Village. As I watched the one slowly make its way along the sidealk, another one came out. I think this is pretty exciting. But, maybe in a few days when they are every where….. — Barb, Arlington, Va.



They’re here!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Came face to face with my first cicada in my back yard yesterday morning. Saw more later last night after sundown. Today, those were all dead or torn apart. Tonight, 3 times as many on my back and front patios. I am morbidly engrossed and grossed out. I am not happy about this. I’ve got a huge yard with many old, old trees. I resent that I won’t be able to enjoy it for the next few weeks. — Shawn, Garrett Park, Maryland



Re: was planning to mulch

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Don’t worry about it —- my mom described to me once how they were coming up through sun-warmed asphalt during an emergence in her youth!!!! — Sarah Dalton, Columbus, OH



cicadas

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Yeah my aunts dog came in with a cicada wing hanging out of it’s mouth. So they have arrived in Morristown. — Mark , Morristown, New Jersey



They are here!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Went outside to retrieve a something from the car, and there they were on the pavement, just roaming very slowly… they are not afraid like most insects… Can’t wait to hear them “SING”

Good-Luck — James, Montgomery Village, MD USA



they are out

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: 10pm tues. i found 8-10 crawling on my front walk and house. They are here!!!! — K Hicks, oxon hill, md



What’s taking them so long?

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I’m seeing more and more holes every day, can even look into some of the holes and see those red eyes peering back at me. Have not seen a single shell from one that has emerged. I was in Vienna
Virginia in 1987, they were everywhere. — Rich G, Gambrills, MD



Cicadas seen here!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: On my morning walk of, I saw 1 1/2 mile in western Annandale on Monday 5/10, I saw 2 cicadas. Today I saw about 250!! — Claire, Annandale, VA



one big molt-a-rama

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: it’s 9:30pm and there is a molt-fest going on in my backyard. fascinating! i highly recommend looking for cicadas soon after nightfall. — Pam, Kensington, MD



crunch crunch crunch

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: my kids collected 28 exoskeletons this afternoon and placed them in baggies to bring to school tomorrow. They were playfully arguing over their new posessions. We also found 2 live ones in the grass that did not make it up into the trees. — Mary Ellen Wolf, Reston VA



We call Cicadas ” ChakChanh “

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Laotians are very exited about ” Chakchanh ”
will come out because It is exotic. — Khammoung, Murfreesboro, TN



Was planning to mulch…

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Was planning to put down mulch around some of our trees this weekend but I’m afraid I my hurt the ciacdas chances of getting out? Does anyone know it this is a valid concern?

Thanks! — Peter, Princeton, NJ

May 11, 2004

May 1st – 11th 2004 Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X,Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:19 am

Was planning to mulch…

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Was planning to put down mulch around some of our trees this weekend but I’m afraid I my hurt the ciacdas chances of getting out? Does anyone know it this is a valid concern?

Thanks! — Peter, Princeton, NJ



Cicadas are finally here!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I spotted 2 this morning in Lanham. I’ve waited a long time for this day!
Their cute little red eyes! — Jinxy, Lanham, MD



They’re heeeeeeeeeere!!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I wanted to let you know they are here in New Carrollton and the Beltsville Agricultural Center as well. Here’s a real kicker: I’m entomophobic! But I’m actually caught up in Brood Xitement (hey, that’s good…I should use that…) Anyhoo. Right now, there is a squirrel in my front lawn. I think he’s poaching! It’s the same one that was in the street sitting in one spot and I couldn’t figure out what he was doing. But now I understand it. He’s looking for the cicadas! I can actually hear them outside some. Despite my entomophobia, I’m a little excited to hear them at high roar as I was 7 the last time they were around. Now, time to go look at the cool shop…I may have to get one of those nifty shirts… — Jennifer W., New Carrollton, MD



Not in Central KY

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: No Roberta. I have been to the arboretum and raven’s run the last 4 days and haven’t seen any evidence of their coming. — Ed, Lexington, KY



Any Kentucky sightings yet?

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I am so bummed — I have seen no signs of cicadas yet! The only thing I have noticed is a lot of bumpy ground in my front lawn, but when I dig I find no nymphs at all. I’ll simply CRY if we don’t get them! I’ve been creating a small exhibit on cicadas at our science museum here and it will be pretty pointless if we don’t get any. Anyone in central Kentucky seen them yet? — Roberta Burnes, Lexington, KY



How far north do these things make it?

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I remember being a kid about 17 years ago having a massive infestation of bugs in Montreal that covered every available vertical object (trees, telephone poles, walls) for about 2 weeks then disappeared. The kids called the Chad flies. I have always wondered what those were and now I guess they must have been Cicadas.

Seemed like the furthest extent of their range was New York State based on most sites I have seen. Does anyone know if these things make it as far North as Montreal?

If so, I will post any details of the Northern invasion… — Robert Cole, Montreal, Quebec, Canada



They’re here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Saw several in my front yard this morning! — Tom, Chantilly, VA



Have seen them for a week now!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Not a whole lot, but there I began seeing shells last week, and beginning Friday, they were flying into our sliding glass door. Friday night has been the loudest….there were probably 5 or 6, and it sounded as though there were 500. I haven’t heard them since, but they are still trying to fly into the glass door! — Anthony, Waldorf, MD



If you’re still waiting, here’s a tip!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: If you haven’t been blessed with the sight of any cicadas yet, here is a tip on how to find some. If you know the location of a piece of slate, a large rock or a wood pile that can be easily moved, look under it! They burrow up under said items and you can make out the tunnels they’ve dug too. — Matt, Bethesda, MD



No cicadas as yet BUTTTTT

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I haven’t seen any cicadas yet. But I have had an emergence of those nasty earwigs this weekend. I’ve never seen so many at one time. Maybe they arepredators to the cicadas.And they DO have a good pinch! I’ll take the cicada ANY time over the earwig! — Pam Mortimer, Glen Burnie, Maryland



Hordes of Cidadas

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Our 60 year old house and the surrounding yard are now covered with them. It was quite amusing watching my wife (who has never experienced the cidadas before)sprint to her car with an umbrella over her head! — David, Silver Spring, MD



Spotted Two This Morning

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I spotted two cicadas this morning, that apparently emerged not too long ago… They won’t last long, they came out on the ground beneath my bird feeder…. okay, make that one cicada, and one bird with a full belly. — Bill Blum, Springfield, OH



Little Freaked Out!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I’m sorry, I just can’t wait for them to all die and go away for another 17 years. I wish I could be enthusiastic and appreciate them but I have been stressing out for weeks now, I don’t want them bumping into me, blocking my front door and I don’t want to step on them either! I was 9 when they came last and my sister got one stuck in her hair! Yuk, I’m desperately thinking of ways to cover myself and avoid them all together!!! — Shelley, Annapolis, MD



They’re heeeere

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw a couple hundred this morning on my way to work – on trees, telephone poles, car tires, shrubs, grasses, mail boxes. All in different stages of emergence. And the birds are having feast. Very, very cool. — Dan Bannon, Takoma Park



they’re heeeeere !

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: my boss found her first one this morning, clinging to her garage. — tess, edgewood, md



Recipes

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Does anyone have any good recipes for these tasty creatures. It is tradition that I eat a couple every time Brood X makes an appearance, that being said this will be my second time. What is the frying technique, are the wings pulled of first. I am thinking about a nice garlic buttered cicada on the grill. — David, Falls Church, VA



First sightings

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I have a cicada shell sitting on my desk this morning, compliments of a co-worker who lives in Sulphur Springs, TN. (Northeast TN – just outside Johnson City). He has spotted holes in the ground on his property, and found this shell on the ground. They’re not on the trees yet. It’s just a matter of time now. Eeeewwww!!! I’m freaking out! — PL, Sulphur Springs, TN



squirrels

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: If dogs can die from eating the cicadas, does that mean that dead squirrels will be falling out of the trees? — Sissy, Burke VA



Holes

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Well, after letting the lawn get to Great Plains proportions, I finally mowed yesterday. And I came across these holes in my yard… I asked what they could be… NOW I get it! Of course. So, I should indeed be expecting the little creatures sometime soon. The earth bears her children, if you will.

This will be cool! A couple of things i am thankful for: 1) my neighbor killed my japanese maple last year (no need to worry about it this year) 2) I have a REALLY old car…no need to worry about dents, and smished creatures 3) The constuction on the house is almost done!

ENJOY! — Deb, Takoma Park, MD



Hmmmm

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I’m originally from New Zealand and we have similar cicada’s but they are green instead of brown but still with the beautiful red eyes. Haven’t seen any yet, but will be keeping my eyes and ears open !!! — Julie, Fairfax, VA



INCOMING!!!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I’ve been dive-bombed twice (not intentionally, just walked out the front door at the wrong time). They are HARMLESS, but it’s still creepy to be hit by one flying by. Their little carcasses are stuck to my walls. I swept away about a dozen off the front porch yesterday. I awoke this morning and one of my large Hosta plants in the back yard is covered (1-2 perched on every leaf). They first appeared last Saturday, 8 May. — Angie, North Springfield, Virginia



We’re hearing them now

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Last night we heard our first two very loud cicadas in the wooded area next to our development. We had seen some emerge from the ground on May 1st. — Traci, Germantown, MD



They’re here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw 3 or 4 last evening around 6 pm on my patio. I could tell something was up, the birds were chirping excessively! — Bob, Fall Church, VA



Anxious

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I can recal being in High School when they last came out. I just remember the LOUD noise was everywhere. I am living in a new neighborhood in DC now from when I was in High School, so I am not too sure that it will be that bad in my area. I’ll have to wait and see. I think that the crickets are bad enough, OOF where are my ear plugs.

Jose

NW, DC — jose, NW, DC



my dog is digging for them!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw about 3 cicadas this morning!! But all yesterday evening my pup was going nuts digging everywhere. he was on a serious excavating mission!! they are coming. he is excited but has no idea that his totally unsupervised backyard playtime has ended for a few months!! — dp, Potomac, MD



Cicada invasion

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: This morning was the first that I really noticed them emerging in large numbers… on the side walk, in the air, the front lawn, and all over the car. Anyone know how long they were around 17 years ago? — Chrissy, Cheverly, MD



Cicadas on the porch

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: today, May 10 there were a few cicadas on our porch here in the woods. Many could be heard in the distance — george, NE Georgia Mountains Blairsville



they’re here!!!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: my cicadas appeared yesterday – monday 5/10/04. i had about 30, and i have another 30 or so today. they are on a patch of tall weeds (about 2 feet tall) on the east side of the house. when i first saw them, i was excited, interested, yet somewhat repulsed. today, i’m just excited. — Pam, Kensington, MD



Shell in my drive way

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: As I was going to work this morning at 7am I noticed a shell in my drive way. They’er here!!! — Mike, Arnold, Maryland



Brood X Emergence

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I live in McLean VA in suburban Washington DC. Last evening (Monday) after getting home from work my sons and I counted about 30-40 empty casings on the older trees in our front yard. Last night the big explosion began, however. When I got up this morning there were dozens of empty casing on the trees and we spotted lots and lots of cicadas crawling toward the trees and several more on the trunk and actually in the process of emerging from their casings. One was actually doing so on one of our cars. I also saw the first flying cicada, which my son picked up and carried around on his shoulders after it had landed. The empty casings, by the way, went well up into the trees. I saw some up more than 20 feet. — jmgradon, McLean, VA



am observations

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: My kids and I went out on our porch this morning to watch some birds feasting on the cicadas, and to collect some shells.

What a great science lesson! — Sean, Takoma Park, MD



They’ve Arrived!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I have seen quite a few in the yard this morning. 5 or 6 of the creatures were attached to my car which is parked under a tree. That isn’t counting the shells in the yard. It hasn’t reached overwhelming proportions yet, which is good because I have a tremendous fear of insects. — Nellie, Falls Church VA



They’re here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: This past weekend, I noticed a few shells around and Monday noticed a few more. Got up this morning and my driveway had about 50 shells and about 10 cicadas (some looked dead, some moving slowly). The tires on my car looked polka dotted with all the shells left on them. I noticed on the street in front of my house probably 100 shells and lots of run over cicadas, however, when I drove down my street, other areas didn’t seem as affected. I must be ground zero for cicada in my neighborhood (Falls Church in Fairfax County, VA, near Annandale and Arlington). We’re moving to Tacoma, Washington today – I’m hoping everything gets loaded into the truck and makes it across country without getting covered in cicadas! — Heather , Falls Church, VA



Sqealed with delight

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: This morning while out to get the paper, I nearly squished the first one. I brought it inside and showed my wife. She got so excited, she squealed with delight, jumping up and down and clapping her hands with childlike enthusiasm. I thought for a moment that she had been transported back seventeen years to the last emergence. Good times. — Brian Williams, Falls Church, VA



A few!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Last night, while walking the dogs, I saw several cicada carcasses… I’m on the lookout in my backyard now. I wasn’t in Maryland the last time and so I’m looking forward to the emergence with both trepidation and excitement…! — Michelle, Hyattsville, MD



They’re in our yard!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: We spotted a few cicadas in our yard yesterday (5/10), and caught one in a jar. Didn’t see any other western Fairfax County messages, so I thought I’d contribute. — Liz, Reston, VA (west of DC)



hundreds and hundreds up

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Hundreds of cicadas up in the neighbor’s sunny, south facing yard yesterday and hundreds more today. They have climbed the stalks of unmown grass at the foot of an old maple and cover some of the small bushes. Then they take flight to nearby trees (and telephone poles.)No noise yet, except for the excited calls of the birds. — r, Annandale, VA



First sighting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Saw a great big perfectly formed, ugly cicada this morning on the outside of my screen porch. All five eyes were alert and he (she?) was ready to fly out and buzz someone. Beautiful!!!
— Peggy Douglas, Washington D.C.



I’m jealous

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I’ve been reading with envy all the accounts of spotted cicada and I have to admit that I’m a little jealous. I haven’t heard one or seen one yet! I’m actually so ready to see one that I mistook a frog in my garage for one of the red-eyed buggers! I was 10 the last time the X brood swarmed the area and if I recall correctly, I used to pick them off my shirt and shake them out of my hair. I’m not saying I am ready to relive such an experience but now that I’m 27 I think, despite the fact that I’m not a fan of bugs, I am ready to appreciate them for their sheer magnitude and perseverance to sustain life in the ground for 17 years. Where are they already?? — Jen, Anne Arundel County



netting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I looked at the Reston Home Depot and Sterling Home Depot and Lowes; none of them have any netting. In my neighborhood, it seems like I am the only one concerned with protecting my young japanese maple trees. I think I am going to create a box out of old window screens held together with bungee cords. At least that will give them a fighting chance against egg laying in the woody stems.

— Stacey, Reston, VA



Cicada Hole Siting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Have seen lots of large holes in our lawn (under some plant pots we moved), but haven’t yet spotted an actual cicada. I love the way the creatures sound, but I can’t say I love the “crunching” under human feet. Will try to be careful when they’re out in force! — Jinny, Bethesda, MD



BUG JUICE

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Okay, first of all, why are people facinated by these aliens?! They are SO gross! I am 17 years old, and the last time these monsters were here I was just a baby. My mom remembers running me into the car as fast as she could so they woulndt feast upon my body no bigger than theirs. And now.. as I approached my car this morning.. I was “delighted” to find 3 on my little black camry. I freaked out and screamed… there were THREE… And there are supposed to be thousands?? I can’t handle this… *cries* — Mollye, Rockville, MD



Silver Spring Sighting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw my first cicada this morning — a full-grown adult in all its black and red glory. It buzzed its way across my front porch before crashing into the side of my house. Soon, they will be crashing into me . . . — Gaston, Silver Spring, mD



Wire Mesh

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Saw no cicadas, yet.

I, too, found Home Depot dropped much of their wire screening line. However, the Lowes at Dulles Town Center has a large selection with various opening sizes and gauges. It was quite effective at large keeping out large rodents. If you want something heavy, try Lowe’s. — Peter, Sterling, VA



Faulty eclosion

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Cicadas need somewhere to perch and hang while they shed their skins (undergo ecdysis). If there are no good vertical surfaces (like that case below where the old tree was destroyed last year) many will not get the wingss expanded properly. — David Marshall, Raymondsville, TX until Thurs



They are here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw about 4-5 cicadas starting to come out of my lawn this morning when I was walking to my car. Time to get ready!!! — MK, Silver Spring, Maryland



More then a 1000

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Indiana…An easy 1000…just this morning! I have been watching them in all stages under 2 oak trees.. over a 1000 doing the cicada dance. My dog had a added treat…looks like I buy a muzzle today! It is so amazing and thrilling. We have been much warmer here…mid 80’s and looks like it came early. The grass is so heavy under the trees with no signs of hills. — Harriet, Nashville, Indiana ( South-Central)



Arrival last night

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: The 11 o’clock news showed the emergence in College Park, MD, so I went outside with a flashlight to look for bugs on our four mature trees. Sure enough, the front yard, with its red maple, were /swarming/ with them. But we couldn’t find /any/ on our ash and two maples in the back yard. A neighbor speculated that because it was so rainy last year, and our back yards are so marshy, the larvae may have drowned. Any thoughts on this? — Jason R Tibbetts, Falls Church, VA



Many Emerging

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: We started noticing the nymphs emerging Friday morning. This morning our oak tree had hundreds of the red eyes getting ready to sing…. — Cicada Watcher, Ellicott City, MD



I miss the cicads!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I was born in DC in the summer of 1970 and my mother recounts what it was like to be pregnant with the cicadas swarming and singing all around her. It breaks my heart that I’m currently living in New England, and will miss the fascinating, hypnotizing, wonderful little creatures. Anyone want to FedEx me one? — Ren, Cambridge, Mass.



I won!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I’ve counted at least 8 cicadas in my yard this morning. I moved out from CA less than 10 mos. ago, my wedding (partially outdoors) is planned for next month, and it’s just my freaky good luck that these creatures are timed to emerge now! My fiance left for a week-long business trip yesterday to boot, so it’s just me, our dog, and the cicadas. We made a bet as to when we thought the bugs would come out, and I won! You can be sure I’ll be cashing in on my bet when he comes back. — Julie, Washington, DC



No ugly bugs here!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: First, let me start off by stating my own preferred name for cicadas is ‘ugly bug’ because they look like mutant house flies.

We normally get the late summer variety of ugly bugs but I haven’t seen any of this brood X yet.

When I moved into my house 12 years ago, I had a large Elm tree in my back yard that was always full of ugly bugs in late summer, I couldn’t even go out my back door at night without stirring up a bunch of them. In Feb of 1994 a devestating ice storm hit our area and the Elm tree didn’t make it. Each year after that, the siting of ugly bugs in my yard has dwindled to near nothing. If I have/had any brood X ugly bugs in my yard, would they have died when the Elm tree was removed? Or maybe our area doesn’t even have any brood X to begin with? We’ll find out soon enough, I suppose. — Jeff, Lynchburg, VA



Saw my first yesterday

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: They aren’t all over the place yet, but I have spotted a few. The first was drying off about 10:30am yesterday on my garden hose. http://www.elb.com/~hjohnson/randompics/cicada.jpg — Ruby, Lorton, VA



they’re here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Out this morning in Arlington and there were about a hundred on one tree alone. The birds were enjoying a hearty breakfast, and the hum has begun in heavily wooded areas. — Pixie, Arlington, VA



Holes and Wings

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Have spotted holes in the ground. A few Cicadas in the trees. One on our front porch and one very nearly dropped in my mouth. — Goose McKraut, Oakton, Virginia



These poor guys, by the thousands

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Lots of the poor guys wandering around on the sidewalk where a huge tree used to stand before the hurricane took it out last fall.

Why do so many of them–about half of the thousands that have emerged since last Thursday–why are they deformed? Typically, their wings don’t unfurl all the way and wind up drying half formed. They flap them so hard but can’t get off the ground and instead wind up rolling in the dirt. It’s so sad! They have a hard life, these guys.

— Alex , Side street in Chevy Chase, MD–Montgomery County



Cicada sighting in DC

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw about 10 cicadas huddled along a big branch on an old fruit tree out in the lawn next to my house yesterday.

I’d like to screen off my porch. Does anyone know where I can get 1/4inches netting in the DC area (10’x20′)? Home Depot didn’t carry it. — Ben, Washington, DC



sstillll waiting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: were are they i think there being sneaky this year owell — ryan demoss, tn nashville



Nothing yet….

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: But still awaiting ! I don’t remmeber the last “attack” so now that I’m 37, I should appreciate this summer event enev more ! — Frank, Harrisonburg, VA



Saw first one yesterday

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Yesterday I saw our first cicada. No singing yet. I wasn’t sure they would hit our area since it looks like we’re on the fringe of the map. — Jerri, Ellijay, GA USA



I think this will be the week!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Well, we are expecting rain in the afternoons this week, and temps in the 80-90’s…….I have unearthed one nymph, ( I put him back) and my husband found one also, I keep checking for chimmneys, but havn’t found any….What gives? I grew up in Florida, and have only experienced ugh….Palmetto bugs. I am so excited to experience this natural phenom.! My friends are even having a cicada party!!!!! Complete with Sweet Cicada Pie! (It will just be Sweet potatoes, but maybe some nuts to make it crunchy! MMMMMM! I’ll let you know how it goes! — Becky, Annapolis, Maryland



Bring ’em on!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I was 10 in ’87, but now I’m 27 and ready to appreciate the coming invasion. Let’s see how many of these bad boys can make it out in 2004! — Jason Baumgartner, Bel Air, MD



Spotted in Arlington, VA

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Probably about 30 or so on the sidewalks in the area near Wilson Blvd and George Mason Drive in Arlington, VA — at around 1:30 am 5/11/2004. — Andrew Nuckols, Arlington, VA



Green Cicadas???

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I grew up in Southwestern Oklahoma and they do have many many cicadas there during the summer months. I have never seen a black cicada before or even heard of one until now, when i was reading about the brood x happenings on www.msnbc.com

The cicadas I alway saw in oklahoma were green, not black, I dont see any pictures of green ones on this site. Have any of you seen green cicadas as well? — Scott, Salt Lake City Utah



a spotting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Saw about 10-15 cicadas crawling around and shedding their skin tonight. — Evan, Princeton, NJ



They are here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Counted 10 to 15 this morning in the yard. Yippie!! — kamie, Alexandria, VA



Cicada Sighting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: We saw and heard cicadas tonight at Delhi Park in Cincinnati. Not to many, but they are finally emerging! Looking forward to the next couple of days. — Bill, Western Hills; Cincinnati, OH



None yet…..

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: No cicadas have emerged here yet. They are fascinating to me, but only from a DISTANCE!! Last time they were out, there was one standing on my patio near the back door. I was too afraid to go out the door, thought it would jump up onto me or something. It just stood there all day. Finally a friend who came over went out to chase it away, and it turned out to be nothing but an empty cicada-shell! — Maryann, Central NJ



Aftermath of Hurricane Isabel

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: Last night we noticed dozens of cicada nymphs on the sidewalk in front of our home, near where a tree came down during Hurricane Isabel last year. We think that they were living on the tree’s roots and are now not sure where to go. The wandering nymphs are fascinating, but I can’t wait to see them after they’ve shed! — MMM, Washington, DC



At Last!

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: The Cicadas emerged today at my house today, only about 100 of them but I can’t wate to see what tommarow brings. — Ian, Morristown TN. ~Hamblen County~



Cicada

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: Something very unusual happened this evening (May 10th) while sitting on my front porch.
There was sawdust on various portions of the floor of my porch. After looking around, I noticed small holes above me in the cedar ceiling of my porch. It was then I also heard unusual sounds. I flushed out the holes and lo and behold, three cicadas dropped out from the holes. NOTE: My house was built 17 years ago.
— Lynn G., Jamison, PA



YIKES!!!

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: It’s good to see that other people are freaking out like myself. I thought I was the only one who was afraid. Bugs are not “cool”, and anyone who thinks they are I envy. I started panicing weeks ago and trying to think of ways to cover myself. Today on rainshop.com I bought one of the “bubble umbrellas” of the 70s. Other scared people should buy them too, and we can start a cool new fashion statement! — Simone , Silver Spring, MD



AHH

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: I do not want these cicadas to come out! im deathly afraid of bugs..and this isnt going to help! everyone is telling me that they wont hurt you…but i dont care…it still flies, and its still a bug! grr..anywho..enough of my complaining! hope everyone has a fun time dealing with these things;).
Kim* — kim, Westminster,MD



Cicadas on the porch

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: today, May 10 there were a few cicadas on our porch here in the woods. Many could be heard in the distance — george, NE Georgia Mountains Blairsville



A real odditie…

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: There is a hole, a borrow hole about the size of a golfball along side of the railroad tie which boxes off my parking pad. Last nite we saw something unusual at least to us anyway. Instead of Cicads coming out of the hole a thing that looked similar to a midget lobster popped his head and claws out just far enough for me to see it’s 1 inch crab like claws and it had 2 feelers or antenni on it’s head. It wouldn’t come out any further. I know we don’t have scorpions here in central Maryland or at least there is not supposed to be.
Is there such a thing as a cicada Killer?? It really has me puzzeled..
Well I was just informed by a 15 year old boy that these are crawfish.. Now I never know crawfish to live in a residential neighborhood… Thansk
Harry
— Harry Chavez Sr, Edgewood, Maryland



The Cicada have finally emerged in the nations Capitol

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: It’s Monday May 10, 2004 and I observed my first Black-bodied, Red-eyed Cicada today! These are the first I’ve seen in DC this year. I captured it in a cup, showed it off to everyone I could, then named it Ralph and brought it home to Manassas, VA for the family and pets to see! And play with! — Jeff, US Naval Observatory, Washington DC



adult cicadas

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: this morning I woke up to find several dozen cicada nymphs covering the bush in my front yard…many were still coming out of there shells. There were also several cicadas that had already emerged. — Janell, Fairfax, VA



Emerging in Rockville, MD

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: The cicadas started coming out Friday morning, May 7th in an area where we get lots of sun. Today (the 10th), I’ve been watching them emerge all day long. They are crawling all over my hostas, daylillies and shrubs as well as up the brick facing of my townhouse all around the door which is a little freaky. I’m both horrified and fascinated! — Rose, Rockville, MD



Two in my backyard right now

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: I have two cicadas in my yard right now. One is still drying one wing, and the other just flew off. Last night after my angst at not seeing any holes, I found one adult in the front yard. Yes, I am happy. — Dona, Bethesda, MD, USA



First sighting

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: I just saw my first cicada while walking the dogs this morning. My daughter is getting married in two weeks and we are completely calm about this natural phenomenon. The ceremony is outdoors (reception indoors) and I just hope one of them doesn’t fall into her hair as she walks down the path but otherwise, we’re looking on their arrival and presence as a sign of good luck. Trying to be very “meditative” about the whole thing since there’s not a lot we can do at this point. — Mireille, Bethesda, MD



Adult cicadas

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: This morning one of my students brought in an adult cicada. With my 4th grade classes, we took a walk around the school. We found another adult on a tree. They are predicting that Wed. as the mass time. We are in Silver Spring in the Four Corners area.

Shirley Jeffords — Shirley Jeffords , Silver Spring, MD



Saw one this morning

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: A freshly-hatched one too. It looked like a jewel carved out of ivory with carnelian beads for eyes. It was laying in the gutter with its nymph shell nearby and I helped it onto a tree to dry out. What a great way to begin a trilling week! — Christa, Alexandria, VA



They are here!

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: Last night at 10:17 pm we witnessed the first mass emergence near the College Park Campus of the University of Maryland. This was the “hundred cicada per tree” kind of event spoken of by folks like John Cooley. Cicadamaniac Paula Shrewsbury said “It was that kind of special, magic night entomologists dream of but rarely get a chance to experience”. Needless to say the rest of the Cicadamaniacs are nearly orgasmic over the arrival of Brood X. — MIke Raupp, College Park, MD



Good snakes

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: I don’t get it – why you all folks so happy about this horrible event, which is going to spoil half of the summer?
Well, anyway – we are not seeing these celebrated ugly things here in Fairfax yet. HUNDREDS of holes, though. But we are seeing SNAKES. I live in Fairfax almost 10 years – and I haven’t seen anything but GARDEN snakes here before. Now – there are something entirely different, something that looks dangerous. So – here we go, predators are coming for a generous meal! Be excited – if you can. — Elena, Farfax



They are out in full force here

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: The last few days, we have seen hundreds of cicadas around our house. I have had to sweep them off the back porch before stepping out. They are still emerging and if they keep coming out – it will be truely amazing. So far they have been quiet…not sure when they are suppose to start “singing”. — Bennie, Knoxville, TN



Nymph sightings

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: I posted earlier with my sighting of a fully emerged adult male. After finishing my yard work for the day I can say I think they will begin to emerge in full force this week in suburban Maryland. I have seen several nymph holes in my yard by moving stones and pieces of wood. I don’t even have a big tree in my yard but my neighbor does right by the fence. With temps in the high eighties and the chance of late day thunder storms to soften the ground even more, I think this is the week to see a mass emergence! I am taking photos with my digital camera and may post them on the web.
Later! — Sean, Kensington, MD (Suburban Wash. DC)



Saw my first brood x cicada

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: UGH! I saw the one (and only one) at Blue Lick State Park in northern KY today, Mother’s Day.

— Jill, Kentucky



No longer waiting in Bethesda

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: Me again.

After I sent the last, sad message, that I had no evidence of cicadas on my property, I started planting some flowers in a vine covered shade garden and saw a cicada nymph. Then I noticed some holes nearby and my children overturned some flagstones to uncover dozens of holes and nearly emerging nymphs. Whew. I thought I would be left out. — Dona, Bethesda, MD, USA



First sighting (for me anyway)

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: I was pruning shrubs and trees in my back yard this morning and I was startled by a large buzzing insect which flew into my head and landed on my shirt. I was overjoyed to see that it was a small male cicada recently emerged, it’s wings and other body parts were just rigid enough for it to attempt flight. I carried him up to my deck to finish drying. Later I went up to check on him and he flew off as I came close. Brood X is not far away Washington! Get ready and bring your ear plugs! — Sean Coleman, Kensington, MD (Wash. DC suburb)



Waiting in Bethesda

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: I am disappointed that there are no signs of cicadas in my yard. The local school has lots of cicada holes around a huge old tree, but my yard has nothing. Our trees are old and I don’t think there was a lot of construction done in the past 17 years, so where are my cicadas? (Although I believe this 1940’s house was added onto *in* 1987. Perhaps the construction made the insects uncomfortable and they all went into neighbors’ yards.

I am so excited about this emgergence. I was fascinated with the 1987 cicadas. I was teaching in Arlington, Virginia at the time and it was thick with the little critters there. Alexandria, where I lived at the time, had few…at least in my neighborhood.

Sorry about your message boards. I was looking for my old post and saw that you needed to change formats. Some people are just plain mean. — Dona, Bethesda, MD, USA



Waiting and dreading

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: They are not officially here, but I see the holes around the trees and other places. It has been 80 degrees for 3 days and the ground should be warm enough soon. Having lived through at least 3 sieges of cicadas (one may have been the 13 yr variety), I am terrified, they fly right into a person. Blindly driven by that mating call. I have bought 4 ponchos, the dollar variety, hoping to cover myself with a non stick surface on route to and from car. I HAVE to work or I would stay in house for a month. At night, the last time they came the ground would ripple under the trees where they were erupting. YUCK. Thanks for this board, I love reading the other experiences. — Micki, Nashville TN



awaiting emergence

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: I have not yet seen an adult, but have encountered an enormous number of nymphs just below the surface on my property. From doing some careful digging, overturning logs, etc., I think that I have an underground cicada nymph density of about 30-50 per square yard – this is not a surprising number given that almost all of the ten acres I own is old, virgin forest. It is going to get crazy here shortly.

I am expecting emergence within the next few days, especially since we are going to be having high temps in the 80s for at least the next week, which will get the ground warm. Am planning on videotaping much of the emergence, and then moving my bed to a windowless basement so that I can sleep through the noise at night. — Greg Lehmiller, North Baltimore County, Maryland



Not here yet…..

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: But I’ve been watching! Will go to the Furnace Hills today and see if we can find any. — Mike Frey, Lancaster PA



Cicada video – emergence from shell!

Date: Saturday, May/8/2004

Message: 2 years ago I saw (for the first time in my life) a cicada emerging from its shell. I ran & grabbed my 8mm video camera & shot almost all of it. I shot 90 min before my camera broke down. I edited it down to 15 min & put a Tool song behind it. You can watch the movie free on my website here:

http://homepage.mac.com/weedmeat/iMovieTheater3.html

You need a newer version of Quicktime to watch it as it’s in mp4 format. Quicktime is a free download from http://apple.com/quicktime/

Dim the lights, crank the volume, have fun, & let me know what you think. And watch out for the crazy ant ;^) — weedmeat, Chicago



How can I preserve cicadas?

Date: Saturday, May/8/2004

Message: I teach 4th and 5th science and would like to preserve some of the adult cicada. How can I do it? To preserve the nymphs just let them dry out. — Shirley Jeffords, Wheaton, MD



Emergence in Fort Aberdeen

Date: Saturday, May/8/2004

Message: Our neighbor was attending an outdoor ceremony in a tent in Fort Aberdeen, MD on May 6 when the Brood X came out in large numbers. We have cicadas one inch down in our soil waiting for the right moment which should be soon. — David Olson, Columbia, MD



first sighting in DC?

Date: Saturday, May/8/2004

Message: It’s 2:15am and there’s a cicada sticking to the frame of the door of my apartment complex. I am *so* staying indoors this weekend. — AG, Washington DC



question

Date: Saturday, May/8/2004

Message: how big are adult cicadas? — Adolf, baltimore,md



Do these cicada’s come to Massachusetts?

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: I do not remember seeing these things. Are they like locusts? — Diane Marshall, Wrentham,Ma



Protective Cicada Gear

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: For anyone who is absolutely terrified of these buggers, you might want to invest in clear bubble umbrella like the ones from the 70’s. They cover the top half of your body. Even though the cicadas can fly up underneath, at least you can prevent them for landing in your hair or splatting in your face.
I look forward to seeing the month of July!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck everyone!! — Angie, Cincinnati, Ohio



Cicadas at night

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: Are cicadas active at night? Are they attracted to lights? Will it help to put yellow bulbs in my porch lights? — Gaston, Silver Spring, MD



Run for your life

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: I can’t believe I have to endure these things again! Isn’t anyone else out there frightened to death? Where can I move that’s within an hour or so to DC to escape these little nightmares!?!? — Mr Bug, Bethesda, MD



me so scuuurreedd

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: i HATE bugs, but more than that, they scccaaarreee me! eeewwwww – how long are they here for? i’m in the dc area – and where can i go for a month that they won’t be?!?! — lisa, dc



First Cicada

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: When dropping my daughter off at daycare this morning I almost stepped on a cicada. It’s wings were not spread yet and it just rolled off the step as I moved by.

I didn’t get a picture but it looked exactly as I remember it from my childhood.

My wife is going to be so unhappy that I saw one first. ;-) — Mark, Wheaton, MD (just outside the Capitol Beltway)



Cicada Image from 17 Years ago.

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I took this image in Maryland 17 years ago, during the last periodic appearance of these pests.

http://www.photo.com/photodb/photo.tcl?photo_id=2343185

— Bill Angel, Silver Spring, Maryland



Cicada Function

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: Try this website for more information about Cicada’s and their purpose for life on earth.

http://www.lander.edu/rsfox/310TibicenLab.html — Erin, Columbia, MD



Sighting

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I saw one flying around my window at work around 3:00 pm today. EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW — yuck, Columbia



Do they sing at night?

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: Do they sing all day and all night? Do they ever stop before they die? — Sheila, Baltimore,MD



What is the purpose?

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I can’t find anything to document the function or purpose of a cicada? Anyone out there know anything? — Kim, Baltimore, MD



Hurry up, cicadas!

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I remember the “invasion” in 1987. One of my co-workers was outside having a smoking break and a cicada flew up her skirt and got stuck on her pantyhose. It has been a long 17 years and I need another laugh of that magnitude.

Seriously, my best friend was out looking for spring peepers and found a lot of cicadas underneath rocks, just waiting. My guess is that when we start having warmer nights, they will come up.

Suggestion for fun — have an office cicada pool! Everyone contributes a dollar and the first person who sees a cicada wins the pool!

Have a trilling day!
Christa — Christa, Alexandria, VA



RE: DON’T SPRAY

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: Roberta Burnes makes an excellent point. I hear about at least one pet dying per year after eating cicadas which were sprayed with pesticides. If you love your pets, or neighbors pets, don’t spray. In addition pesticides meant to kill pests can kill other insects as well. Guess what happens when you kill too many bees: plants don’t get fertilized, they die off and no more food for you and me. — Dan Mozgai, Cicada Mania Headquarters



DON’T SPRAY! Spraying cicadas poisons cats and dogs!

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I’ve read so many posts from scared people who talk of spraying the cicadas….please people, THINK about where that poison goes once it hits the cicada. These insects are food for many, many other creatures including songbirds, cats, dogs, squirrels, snakes. Poison does not get magically washed away — when you spray insecticide it enters the food chain. One cat or robin gorging themselves on cicadas (which is what they do during emergences) can ingest enough poison to cause paralysis or death. I’ve seen it happen with songbirds when I worked in a wildlife rehab clinic. Please don’t spray the cicadas — it won’t stop them coming into your yard from other areas, and you’ll wond up poisoning many other creatures unintentionally. — Roberta Burnes, Lexington, KY



just a question

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: ummm well i have been hereing that cicadas can pinch you and leave a scar or something. are they so loud that you can here them when your window is closed? — unone, Maryland



Won’t be long now!

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: My wife and I were planting a bit in the garden yesterday and found them about an inch down. I imagine DC is ready to break with Baltimore right behind. The soil temperature should be perfect after this weekend as we’ll be in the 80’s (pushing 90). We’re leaving for Ireland tonight and we fully expect them to be out when we get back next week.

As far as your plants, not to worry. The evergreens are also relatively safe. Your young trees, however, will get some attention. We also have a young Japanese Maple. Just don’t prune anything until after they’re gone as they’ll kill some branches. The cheesecloth or some mesh is a good idea as it reduces the probability of them making it to your tree. They’re really dumb, but when there’s a million of them, chances are they’ll make it no matter what!

Have Fun! — JS, Baltimore, MD



Harm to Plants

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I would like to know other than the small fruit trees in my backyard that I have covered with cheescloth, will the cicadas harm azaleas, rhodos, japanese maple or red leaf maples that are 4 years old? Will they touch small evergreens – like blue spruce or douglas firs? How about shrubs like holly?

I want to cover everything that might be affected in my landscape in southern Maryland. Can someone give me these answers or point me to a place that I can get these answers?

Thanks in advance! — Heidi , Waldorf, MD



turrets

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Breaking off the turrets is not likely to hurt them, although no one really knows for sure what the turrets are for. The cicadas sometimes just seal such openings back up until it is time to come out. — David Marshall, Univ. of CT (Land of Basketball Domination)



Mud Chimneys

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: I was trimming my hedge in front of the house, and when I was raking up the trimmings, I broke off a bunch of mud chimneys! Sorry little dudes! Will this hurt the nymphs at all? Maybe not because they stay in the ground? Thanks for any info! — David Kirk, Brookville, IN



Time of Cicada arrival

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Today I found several all white cicada under logs and brush. They were right at ground level and out of there holes. Can anybody give an approximate date for the emergence in the Washington D.C. area? — Richard, Sandy Spring, Maryland



How bad will they be in Dayton?

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: I went through this in 1999, when Brood V hit northern WV. Now, I’ve moved to Dayton, and it’s not fair that I’ll have to deal with another round of cidadas only 5 years later.

What I remember from WV was an astonishing plague of biblical proportions. People didn’t want to leave the house. You couldn’t make it 10 feet outside your door without getting hit by 2 or 3 of them.

I’ve heard that Cincinnati will be very hard hit. But does anyone know what they’re like in Dayton (southeast side, specifically)? Do they blacken the skies like I remember Brood V doing?

What, exactly, am I in for? Please tell me something good. — Dave, Dayton, OH



Incoming cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Many people have asked about pesticides for these periodical cicadas. I would like to post my opinion: Deal with the temporary inconvenience of the cicada invasion. History shows that humans have been less-than-responsible in our use of pesticides and their long-term negative impact on the global environment. These bugs are basically harmless, although a nuisance, and before you know it, they’ll be gone and we can enjoy another 17 years (!) with no cicadas. — Siobhan, PG County, Maryland



Magi-cicada

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: It’s pronounced “magi – cicada”– no “k” sound. I wondered the same thing until I went on my internship with UConn’s cicada team for Brood XXIII two years ago. =) — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



pronounce “magicicada” please

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Is it like “magic” with a “k” and then “cicada” or just “magi” without the “k” sound? Also, is the plural of “cicada” also “cicada” or is it “cicadas”?
Thanks! — Terri, Silver Spring, Maryland



Their pinchers

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Now I know they dont bite you but can they pich you? — Jean, Lebanon,IN



My first cicada and UM T-shirts

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: I saw my first cicada yesterday – I was weeding my flower bed and pick up a rock – there was a large, pale insect with red eyes pushing up out of a newly-dug chimney. It quickly retreated – aaaaggh! The light! The light! I then started looking around my yard and noticed a lot of chimneys, all over the place. I haven’t seen any more cicadas yet, though.

For another topic, does anyone know if you can purchase the University of Maryland Entomology Department T-shirts online? — JenB, Alexandria, Virginia



Non-periodic cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: I hear loud buzzes on some nights while driving past thick woods in North Florida, and these rise and fall in volume and pitch in exact unison. Is this news to anybody? It seems remarkable to me that the bugs could stay in time tho spread out over a mile or so of woods.
And are these sounds from cicadas at all, or could they be katydids or some such, even though they are very loud and easily audible from a car speeding past the woods.
I’ve heard these synchronized sounds many nights, and am not sure they are caused by PERIODIC cicadas.
Are there nonperiodic cicadas in North Florida that emerge at random times, thus having some in the woods at all times?
Thanks for any helpful info. Paul — PAUL, bRADENTON FL USA



Location

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Does anyone know where in Indy I may take my children to enjoy this event.. I have heard that they may emerge around the Fort Ben area. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks. — Kim, Indianapolis, IN



Question

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: How long do Cicada’s stay for? — Nathan, Lebanon, IN, Boone Country



Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Tehe last time the Cicadas were here one flew into my hair and I have been scared to death of them ever since. If the market has spray to kill other insects, why doesn’t someone come up with something to get rid of these horrible things? True they can’t hurt you but there so many of them that it seems something could be done. — Linda M., Cincinnati, Ohio



Oh my, could it be?

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: I’m no expert, but I think I saw a new adult while removing sheets I had put over my roses. At first I thought it was a strange grasshopper! — Michael, Maysville, KY



cicada sighting

Date: Tuesday, May/4/2004

Message: Saw cincada for first time today. Was moving mulch off flowers emerging from ground. When I moved the mulch maybe a 1inch under was two cincada still white in form . — Polly Weber, Elkton, Md , Cecil county



The Message Board is back up

Date: Tuesday, May/4/2004

Message: Due to fact that we were getting too much spam and family-unfriendly messages, the board is now moderated. Send in your message, we’ll review it and post it. — Dan Mozgai, New Jersey

April 30, 2004

Cicada Comments from April 2004

Filed under: Brood X,Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:16 am

re: flying or crawling?

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Becca, they start out crawling when they emerge from underground. They crawl up the highest thing (ie; a tree), where they transform into flying creatures. Check out this link: http://insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/fauna/michigan_cicadas/Periodical/Index.html And I totally understand and share your fears. I’m also from New England, and had I known that this occured, I probably would have never relocated out here! — Patricia, PG County, MD



They are lots of fun

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: If you do get these here are some fun things to do with them. In 87 we dressed one up like elvis. Then we made some small glasses cut out of clear film and super glued them to the cicadas eyes. Looked really cool. But the best thing to do to them is amuse them. We found an adult cicada fit perfectly in the barrel of a paint ball gun. It is like a amusement ride for them. After giving them a co2 enama they leave the barrel at 300 ft per sec.That way the birds cant eat them, They are going to fast. The other fun thing is to paint their eyes with white-out and let them go in the house. They will fly into everything. Also if you pull the wings off they have to walk the rest of their lives. On the same note you can pull the legs off throw them in the air and they have to fly the rest of their life. I have taken bottle rockets off the stick and super glue the bottle rocket to the cicadas back, light it and throw it in the air, They get a bang out of that. If you any more good clean fun cicada amusement ideas plz e-mail them to me. Don — Doneagle5 [AT] aol.com, Cincinnati



flying or crawling?

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Do they fly or crawl? do they crawl up your pants legs? do they crawl on your screens? I’m DREADING this. I grew up in New England where we didn’t have these… — Becca, PG County, MD



OK…..

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Thanks for your words Leslie. I am right next door in Hyattsville and you have calmed me a bit… — Patricia, PG County, MD



SCARED

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Hey all, I need advice bad from a GOOD source of information. Can anyone tell me something about the cicada that will make me feel a little better? All I am hearing is that it will be impossible to function outside becuase they will be swarming all around us. I am getting scared to even take my 15 mth old son outside to play…I need to know if this is really as bad as everyone is saying. Can someone give me some knowledgable words of comfort? — jamie, Charlotte Hall, MD



Are they coming earlier than expected?

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I had heard that they were supposed to be coming out in mid-May, now I’m hearing that it will be sooner. Does anyone know? I am REALLY scared, (and know they are harmless but it doesn’t matter). I’m just freaking out here. I hadn’t heard about them swarming around people before…I was going to carry an umbrella when I went outside, but now it sounds like it won’t help much…any advice is most appreciated… — Patricia, PG County, MD



Cicadas

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Do cicadas eat or dig holes in your yard? — Letitia, Maryland



Dundalk

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I’ve contacted the principal of the Dundalk Middle School, and boy are you kids in trouble. Wait ’til your parents find out. Also, I guess your teachers aren’t doing a very good job, ‘cuz you kids sure can’t spell. — Sky, Arlington, Va.



CICADA

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: HOW DO THEY EAT THERE FOOD? — ROGER THOMPSON, DUNDALK



cicada

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I WORSHIP THE DEVEIL
\ — veronica, school



Moo!

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: ROGER LOVE A TREE HUGGING HIPPE AND DARIUS! — Meru, Dundalk



dghd

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: no i dont ROGER dose lol — clinton, dundalk middle school



cicada’s

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I LOVE CLINTON — veronica weber, school



Meow

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: im boucnybunny lol dodododododododododododo roger sucks! — Meru69, dundalk



kissy kissy

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: im a happy bunny hug me — Roger, Dundalk middle school



cicada’s

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: hi veronica weber. — clinton , dundalk middle school



cicada

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: hi clenton — see more buts, dundalk md.



hi

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: hi — bob, dudndalk



hi

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: you guys are stupid — bob, dundalk



COOLEST THING

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Dear Ralph – Is it Norwood or Kenwood? — Ghost, Warren County



To Amy in Ohio

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I saw the coolest thing in Walgreens yesterday that would be perfect for your cicada party, check it out. — Ralph, Norwood



I died and went to hell

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: I moved to Reston VA in 1987 from NY and I never in my life experienced anything like these buggers! I thought I had died and gone to hell. I used to RUN to the mailbox and back, ending up covered in these disgusting creatures… screaming all the way. I swore that I’d MOVE before the 17 years was up and they came again. Doh. I’m still here. I plan on not leaving the house for a month. — Jean B, Reston VA



protecting my air conditioner

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: Do I need to protect my air conditioners from cicadas? If yes, what should I use? — maggie, maryland



Re: Magicicada

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: A.Briscoe,
The cicadas should be here about mid May & be gone by the middle of June. As far as I remember the brunt of the chaos was in the last week of May & the first week of June. Hope this helps. — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Magicicada

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: The magicicadas are going to be here next month(May). My question is when they arrive, how long will they be in town? — A.Briscoe, Mount Rainier, MD, P.G. County



Party cicada

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: Are you kidding Amy? Go to cincycicada.com where you can get all of your cicada supplies, shirts, mugs, coasters and more! — Joe, Cincinnati



Cicada Items

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: Does anyone know where I can get Cicada items for a Cicada theme party in May? I am looking for Tshirts- or cups.Thanks,
Amy — Amy, Ohio



Highway Problems?

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: I have a road trip planned to Pittsburg the 1st week of June. Will there still be alot then. Will I be stopping every few mile to clean my windshield. Are they going to clog up my radiator. — Steve, Colerain Twp (Cincinnati)



Nymphs are starting to build mud chimneys!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: I was out in the woods in my back yard this afternoon & saw that some of the cicada nymphs are starting to build little mud chimneys to control the wet soil they are in. The little buggers don’t want to drown down there even though from reading some of these message posts lots of people wish they would. lol — Roy T, Batavia, OH



WHY?!?!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: Why does this have to happen? If I could think of my absolute worst nightmare – it would be huge flying ugly bugs covering every inch of land! I can already see myself being injured or having a panic attack after a run in with a cicada. I am just ready to get it over with… — Tiffany, Laurel, MD



RE: Lain

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: I seriously doubt they’re Cicadas. What color were they? Are they stubby and plump like a miniature vienna sausage, or are they flat w/ antennae? If they were perfectly round, very small and looked like a ladybug only brown, I’d say they were probably Japanese Ladybugs. They have a hard casing with wings below. I’m such a bug phobe. The exterminator is coming tomorrow to deal with our Carpenter Bees over our deck, the Paper Wasps that have taken up residence there, and the 3 Waterbugs I found a few days ago. I HATE BUGS! The only think I hate more are CICADAS. I don’t see them as bugs; they’re little demons. I feel like I’m in a race to get everything done before they invade N. Kentucky. Once they’re here … I’m staying in. It’ll take Jesus’ coming to get me out of this place! — Lisa, Ft. Thomas, KY



I remember them well!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: They don’t seem to have gotten here yet but I know they’re on their way. The last time they were here my dog ate them like popcorn and gained 5 lbs–the only member of my family that thought it was a GOOD thing! I feel sorry for everyone who has to work outside–it’s miserable especially for landscapers, lawncare folks, etc. The cicadas are drawn to loud buzzing noises and have been known to send grown men on ride mowers over the edge! — J. Lee, Nashville, Tennessee



Cicada Life cycle

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: Last night I found 8 small (1/4 inch)
bugs in my living room. They had hard outer wing cases with wings below. I did a little research on some insect keys but my insect anatomy is a little rusty. Does anyone know if there’s any possibility that these are cicadas? I do hope so because if they’re not they’re small roaches!
Thanks
Iain G — Iain, Annapolis, MD



Re: sooo worried about the bugs

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: Becca,
Yes, the critters will try to come inside if you have your doors open at night with strong light inside the house. Also, cicadas are attracted to porch lights so it’s best to keep those off at night if you are outside. Cicadas are not known to have road rage so no need to panic if one lands on you, just brush it off. If you are scared to touch them just carry a small paint brush with you & you can use that to brush them off that way. They are obviously more crawlers before they shed their skins but both crawl & fly when adults. Hope this helps.
— Roy T, Batavia, OH



Dothey see

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: I want to know if cicada’s can see. Or are this big eyed bugs blind. and if they can’nt see why are their eyes so big.You wood think that if they have such big red eyes,and have so many fly life looks.Again why can’nt they see where they’re going.And what they’re doing.Do they smell’I did’nt see a nose I just see those “BIG SPOOKY SCARRY RED EYES!!!” — Nita E., baltimore maryland



to Amanda

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: Girl I understand how you feel because I have never seen these bugs before either and I am scared. I just want them to hurry up and come because I am tired of hearing about them. The more I hear about them the more scared I get. When it comes to your lacrosse practice, personally I would stay in the house or ask if they could have practice indoors. — kendra, pg county Maryland



sooo worried about the bugs

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: Does anyone know if there is anything you can do to minimize the chance of the cicadas landing on you? Are there colors that are better or worse? Are they more flying or crawling bugs? Do they try to come inside (like moths)? — Becca, Maryland



Re: Do they like water?

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: John,
There was an emergence several years ago along the river upstream from Newport & the cicadas emerged all the way up to the riverbanks so I doubt the critters will be repelled by the water. Sorry it wasn’t the answer you probably wanted to hear. — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Do they like water?

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: I’m the GM of a popular rest with a patio overlooking the river. Is it true that Cicadas hate the water and if so are my guests safe from the annoyance? Please help — john, newport



Got a Shirt from www.cincycicada.com

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: Joe I goy one of those shirts you were talking about how funny. I think the web site is. www.cincycicada.com — John, Cincinnati



4/18/2004…Found 7 cicadas emerging!

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: Thought these buggers weren’t due until mid to late May?! Found seven right below the soil while digging to plant a few flowers. (Thought I could beat the cicada frenzy). These babies are ready now, YUK! I can hardly wait. Actually, I wish they’d just come on and get here and get it over with! I’m tired of thinking about it! I feel like standing outside and screaming “If you want me, come get me!” People say they won’t hurt you….heart attacks hurt; don’t they?! — Linda, Fairfield Ohio



decibels

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: Does anyone know why if one cicada makes a sound as loud as a motorcycle, why don’t 1000 cicadas sound like the accumulated sound of 1000 motorcycles? — Jon, MD



Hate those bugs!!!!

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: I’m the floral designer for Cappel’s Downtown Store in Cincinnati, Ohio. Even thought we hate these bugs, we at Cappel’ enjoy making these little bugs into pins and have made special order Cicada pith hats for those who feel the need for them! You can’t do anything about them so live with them and have a party! A Cicada Party, why not, live a little!!! Linda — Linda, Cincinnati, Ohio



will it effect me outside

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: hi this is my first time experiencing the cicadas. i go to school in DC and we have lacrosse practice everyday outside on the field. Do you think this will effect me a lot. Did i mention that i am SO freaked out when it comes to bugs. I just can’t wait till this is over and it hasn’t even started. — Amanda, Bethesda, MD



They’re Here!

Date: Saturday, Apr/17/2004

Message: I was working in the yard today, 4/18/04 and saw two of the little buggers when I picked up a bag of mulch that had been sitting on the grass. I figure the mulch bag made the earth warm and they thought it was time to come out and date. Oh boy-here we go again! — Greg Schwartz, City of Alexandria, VA



Yuck, this can’t be happening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Saturday, Apr/17/2004

Message: Is it true that those icky sticky shelled bugs are coming back in May 2004. I seem to remember the Cicada’s coming not too long ago! No way it’s been 7 years! Is there anything you can do to prefent them from eating away at our trees? — Molly joe Sue, Ohio



Cicada T-Shirts

Date: Saturday, Apr/17/2004

Message: If you are looking for a funny twist to the cicada invasion look at this site.
www.cincycicada.com
The tshirts are great. — Joe, Ohio



OK…I have faced the fact that they are coming…

Date: Friday, Apr/16/2004

Message: …but I am SO scared. I have an unbelievable bug phobia and I truly do not know how I am going to make it through this.I am so glad that I found this site, and I really appreciate the links that someone was nice enough to provide to give more info.Question: Are they really active in the evening? I’m thinking that if I stay in all day, maybe I can get out at night to run errands. or maybe first thing in the morning… — Patricia, PG County, MD



My God, a Cicada sonata

Date: Friday, Apr/16/2004

Message: If a Cicada mates with a sheep, does it result in a baa hum bug? — Bug lovin’, Baltimore, Maryland



Dirty Mexican Bugs

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: These bugs are little mexicans. Basically they pack like hundreds in your head…like told earlier from a Jon from NY. These critters bends over like the best of them. I have seen about 7 at a time in this kids head while he was swinging on a outdoor mansled. I was much amazed that I actually had to join them. Good Luck and Enjoy the rendezvous! — HackleBerry Joe, Africa



Those crazy bastards

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: I am 20. I remember those little buggers flying around and mating like machines. I was 3 at the time, and one of those hot little momma cicadas fly into my hair, and then the strapping young lad-cada pranced on over, and they began mating like fiends. I am terrified every day, waiting with no hope of stopping the horrific hatchery that will occur on my head for their glorious return. Remember kiddies, those things mate like a wildebeast and a rhino on a thursday, don’t be the next to allow them to mate on your head!!!———————————-The life of a cicada:
1) Hatch
2) Mate
3) Eat
4) Mate
5) Shed Shell
6) Mate
7) Die (while mating) — Jon, NY



AAAHHHHH!!!!

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: I am completely terrified of bugs…. Any and Every type of insect especially ones that Fly!!! I am 21 years old and spent my life in Northern Pennsylvania. I don’t remember anything like this and my parents do not recall any type of insect of this sort. I really dont know how I am going to deal with these THINGS!!!!!!!!! What am I going to do? Staying inside for a month is starting to sound like a good option!!! — Mandie, Maryland



It’s about time!

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: I have been looking forward to this for a long time. Each summer for years I have said, “Isn’t it about time for the 17 year cicadas again?”. It is finally here and I am so excited to be able to share it with my two children. — Dona, Bethesda, Maryland



Re: I AM SCARED

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: Erica,
If you are really that scared of the bugs maybe you can take a few weeks vacation at the end of May & stay inside to miss the onslaught or if your work has a third shift you could temporarily change shifts to miss all the buzz so to speak. But why would anybody want to miss the invasion? Cicadas are great!
— Roy T., Batavia, OH



I AM SCARED

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: I am from Niagara Falls, NY and we just dont have these bugs ! I am terribly frightened and afraid.. i know i will either get into a terrible car accident or lose my job because i cannot leave the house! i am serious. someone please help me. what can i do? will they fly into my car as i put my baby in her car seat? help! — Erica, Baltimore



TO KENDRA

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: Kendra…scroll down in these messages and find the one where I put those links to Cicada research. It will give you all the info you need. I have never heard of them flying in peoples hair, and I don’t think they get in your house. When they come up out of the ground, the climb the first vertical thing they see, and after that, they usually stick to the trees. The males die right after mating and the female is only set on laying her eggs in the branches of the trees. They DO NOT bite, so you shouldn’t be scared of them.
Hope this helps.
~Nikki~ — Nikki, SW Ohio



do they fly in your hair

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: I heard that cicada’s fly in your hair, and that when you are walking you are going to step on them. I am 17 and I have never seen these bugs before. I am a little scared because I don’t know what to expect and I don’t like bugs.I would also like to know if they get in your house. — kendra, upper marlboro MD



AH!!! AH!! AH!!

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: AH!!! AH!!! AH!!!!!!!! — rini, phila pa



Cicada Research

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: Here is a helpful website. Cicadas due to emerge May 17th, go away end of June. Go here and get all the info you need.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/03/0329_040329_cicadas.html
and here is the map of where they are expected to emerge.
http://aolsvc.aol.com/research/cicada/cicada_map.htm
Enjoy them, they won’t be around too long. And their music is kinda romantic for picnics under the stars :)
~Nikki~ — Nikki, SW Ohio



Yet another wedding…

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: Hi. Our outdoor wedding is planned for May 16th in Wheaton, MD. Any helpful tips????? — Jessica Feierman, Wheaton, Maryland



Distraction

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: What are you stitching and toxic mold people doing on a cicada site? Or… are you really periodical cicadas trying to distract people so you don’t get CICADANATED? — Droopy, Brush Creek Township



Gallery of finished cross stitch & needlepointing pieces

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: I found great stitching service on http://www.xstitched.com . They have really big gallery of finished pieces.
Have a look… — Slavica, Los Angeles, CA, USA



Fungi / mold pictures

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: I found great toxic mold pictures on http://www.moldremoval.com . I had something similar in my house… Jenny — Jenny, La Crescenta, CA, USA



Re: Coming to an area near me??

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: Teresa,
Yes, it looks like from the map that you will see an emergece this year down in Lexington. Ask some neighbors that lived in the area back in ’87 how heavy the emergence was. That is the best way to know for sure.Thx,
Roy — Roy T, Batavia, OH



RE: Wedding planned for AshLawn in Charlottesville May 8

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: Rebecca,
From the Brood X map it looks like you are on the southern fringe of the emergence & you will probably miss the emergence by a week or two if the wedding is on May 8th. Your best bet is to ask locals that lived in the area in 1987. They could tell you how heavy the emergence was at the time.Hope this helps,
Roy T. — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Replies / Question

Date: Monday, Apr/12/2004

Message: I remember 17 years ago in the Baltimore area. It wasn’t unbearable. They were certainly everywhere but unless you were in the woods, you could avoid them. I also went to Ocean City that summer. Cicadas were no where to be found on the beach. (not enough trees and too much sand) However, does anyone know when they are expected to emerge? I have an outdoor party planned for May 1st (and now that I am an adult), I own a house with a few trees in the yard and I am trying to decide if I should just plan the thing for indoors….. — Stacey, Bel Air, MD (north of Baltimore)



brood X on Eastern Shore, md

Date: Monday, Apr/12/2004

Message: does anyone out there live in
Dorchester County, on the eastern
shore of Maryland? and if so, will
Brood X be visiting you the same as
the rest of Maryland? I’ve heard it’s
less concentrated on the shore.
thanks — cheryl, hoopers island, Md



Early Risers

Date: Monday, Apr/12/2004

Message: I saw two cicadas Saturday in my backyard. Newly out of the ground. It would have to be my yard they came up in first. In the billions, here they come! — Nikki, Hamilton, Ohio



Terrified California Girl

Date: Sunday, Apr/11/2004

Message: I am leaving town as soon as they hit; as ridiculous as it sounds this seems like the only alternative for someone who has an extreme phobia of all insects. Back to California I go. Would anyone like to charter a cicada flight? — Laura, Baltimore, MD



Coming to an area near me??

Date: Sunday, Apr/11/2004

Message: Hi all! (guess it should be y’all now) I was a sophomore at Withrow when the last invasion occurred in the Tri-state. After leaving Cinci for our military, I had long forgotten about these flying nuisances. This site lists Kentucky as being one of the invasion areas this year. Was the Lexington area invaded as well in 1987? Bugs don’t bother me too much, but these buzzing things get annoying! I seem to recall tons of female students screaming at the sight of them, that was hilarious to watch!
Just wondered if they’ll invade our area. Thanks in advance!
— Teresa, Lexington, Ky



HELP !!!

Date: Saturday, Apr/10/2004

Message: 17 YEARS AGO WHEN THESE CREATURES INVADED I WAS PREGNANT WITH MY 1ST SON. HOW I SURVIVED, NOT A CLUE . 17 YEARS & 3 SONS LATER, I AM FREAKING OUT ABOUT THESE CREATURES REVISITING ! — THERESA, HUNT VALLEY, MD



Wedding planned for AshLawn in Charlottesville May 8

Date: Saturday, Apr/10/2004

Message: Can you tell me if Charlottesville is
in one of the main areas where we will
have a lot of cicadas and are we early
enough in May to miss them? Respond to JLFleck [AT] erols.com — Rebecca Fleck, Charlottesville Virginia



Deb, please get your facts straight…

Date: Saturday, Apr/10/2004

Message: Deb, the Eastern Cicada Killer is a native species and was not introduced 17 years ago from Aisa. Its main food is the large annual cicada species that come out every year, not periodical cicadas. I couldn’t find any reference to 2700 people being killed by Cicada Killers. I believe you may be thinking of the introduced European Hornet which has nothing to do with cicadas. — John Z, Maryland



Fundraising in Columbia MD despite Brood X

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: Brian, I understand periodical cicadas only drown out Republicans. As long as your fundraiser isn’t Republican you’re safe. Everybody: the paper I write for is having a cicada recipe contest. Got any good ones? Can you point me to any good sites?Al — Al McKegg, West Friendship



You think the cicada’s are bad?

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: Beware, though..17 years ago, an insect called the cicada killer (a large wasplike insect)was imported from Asia to deal with the infestation. When the cicada food supply triggered the mating cycle of the cicada killer, the “fix” grossly outweighed the problem. 2700 people were painfully killed by the cicada killer’s venom. — Deb Eichenberger, Harrisburg



Cicada infestation

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: I’ve lived through this before. It is the most horrible experience you will ever live through. If anyone offers you any method to lessen the impact…take it. You have been warned. — TB, Pennsylvania



Cicada Shirt

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: I found the site and bought a shirt as well.. are the cities on the other shirt going to get hit bad? — Erin, Indiana



Cicada’s in Ocean City

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: I am planning a trip to Ocean City Memorial Day weekend. Does anyone know how bad they are out there? and if they gravitate to water? I would appreciate the feedback. — Simone, Baltimore, Maryland



Yuck

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: The last time these insects were here,I was waiting for a bus on Harrison Avenue in Westwood, and one of the darned things flew up at me and got stuck between my eyes and my glasses. I was standing on the street totally freaking out, trying to get the thing off me and people were looking at me like I was nuts (probably a valid assumption). I’m 17 years older and wiser now but I am NOT looking forward to another Cicada invasion. Thankfully I no longer have to wait for a bus! :) — Liz, St. Bernard, Ohio



Pinkie

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: To answer your question, yes. Hope I’ve been helpful. — Rachelle, Flatland, OH



Re: Brood X in westchester?

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: Jasper,
According to the brood map you live just north of the northern fringe of the Broox X emergence in the eastern coastal states. You may want to ask neighbors who have lived in your area for more than 17 years if they remember seeing any in 1987. hope this helps,
Roy T — Roy T, Batavia, OH



cicada cuisine

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: Dear Chrystal Moonshine and others:
I’m a Washington Post reporter looking for recipes and any and all tales of cicada consumption. Pls email me at cicadawatch [AT] yahoo.com and bon appetit!
— Cameron Barr, Washington, DC



CICADA GEAR

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: I just bought a shirt from WWW.CINCYCICADA.COM it is so funny. Check them out. The one I got reads..” CICADA Your Low Carb Alternative”
Many laughs from that one… — Bill, Ohio



Brood X in westchester?

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: I was just wondering if this year’s 2004 brood x will be emerging in or around rye or westchester? Does anybody know a good place to see them? — Jasper, rye,ny



NETTING to stop Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: try the netting from this company! It really works! (Also has bird repellent products).http://birdbgone.com/ultranet.htm — Anette, United States of America



Fear Not Billy!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: Cicadas are the salt of the earth. If it helps I have a couple good recipes. Don’t fear the reaper!! — Chrystal Moonshine, Haverford, North Carolina



I’m too young to die!!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: I was hardly born when the last attack occured, but I do remember waking up with bugs everywhere. My parents were from New York and we slept with all the windows open. Needless to say I now understand the term “bed bugs.” I’m terrified to leave my house out of fear that they’ll rise early. I know it’s only April, but I’m already wearing my bee keeper suit everywhere. Forget about going swimming because those two-inchers will devour us all. I’m paralyzed with fear…I’m too young to die!!!! — Billy Hughes, Bel Air, Maryland



CICADA GEAR

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: GET YOUR CICADA GEAR ONLINE [AT] www.cincycicada.com
DON’T WAIT ANOTHER 17 YEARS GET YOUR GEAR NOW!!!!! — Dave, CINCINNATI, Ohio



To Rhodri Overseas

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: So you were in my class, huh? And who might you be? I can’t imagine anyone would want to make a special trip from “overseas” just to see “C-Cader” (husband’s new nickname for the wretched creatures)wreak havoc on the city. To each his own, I guess. If you happen to have a change of heart (about traveling), I’m sure my husband would be happy to ship you a few; God knows I won’t be going to the post office! I can’t promise the lil’ suckers will still be buzzing, but they will be anatomically intact. Just a thought. — Lisa, Ft. Thomas, KY



Don’t worry Suzie, Loveland will have a “light” outbreak!

Date: Monday, Apr/5/2004

Message: This message is for Suzie. I lived in Loveland for 28 years & I remember we had a light outbreak in 1987. I expect this year will be about the same. Really nothing to worry about. Anywhere WEST of Interstate 75 is where the heavier emergence will be located. I feel sorry for any bikers traveling on the roads during the last week of May till the second week of June. lol — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Brood X Cicada

Date: Monday, Apr/5/2004

Message: Does anyone know if this awful 17 year Group of Cicadas will be seen in Paymyra, Virginia. It’s a town about 50 miles west of Richmond Virgina. I’m new to the area.ThanksDenise — Denise, Palmyra, Virginia



Cicada happenings

Date: Sunday, Apr/4/2004

Message: I am an editor at a travel magazine, and am working on a piece about cicada events this summer, when the bugs are expected to storm the East Coast. Please e-mail me if you know of any festivals that will, at least, have cicada-related activities, food, etc. My address is hmorgan [AT] ngs.com. Many thanks. — Heather, Washington, DC



Cicadas

Date: Sunday, Apr/4/2004

Message: Can anyone tell me how boad it was here 17 years ago?? Willl they swarm only between May and June or do we have the swarming all summer??
I don’t know these critters, I am from germany. — cornelia heckenbach, St.Michaels Maryland,Eastern Shore



HELP! New to Loveland Ohio

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: I am new to Ohio and somewhat of a bug phobe…. I am freaking about this cicada invasion… how do you know if they are to be in your exact area????? I have been told that the Hot Spot is west of 71, but I am sure that they can come East of 71 too… HELP! — Suzie, Loveland Ohio



netting

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: anyone know where I can buy some 1/4″ nylon netting to cover up some of my trees? — daryl, blanchester, oh



What’s in store…

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: I live in Oxford OH and work in Hamilton OH…Not sure what to expect…I know Cincinnati is a target for mass quantity but was curious how being a little north/west would be effected….Anyone know??? — Excitable, Butler County OH



Will Cicadas Be A Large Problem for Fundraising Run on June 13th in Maryland?

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: We have been organizing a 5K run/walk fundraiser for June 13, 2004 in Maryland. I never considered the Cicadas. Ofcourse we are having in a dense park around a lake. I am hoping from I read that by June 13th it should be winding down. Is this correct? To boot, we are planning a huge picnic in this park to follow the event. — Brian, Columbia, Maryland, USA



BEEKEEPER OUTFITS

Date: Friday, Apr/2/2004

Message: I WOULD LIKE TO GET A BEEKEEPER OUTFIT, ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN PURCHASE ONE. — ANGIE, CINCINNATI, OHIO



BEEKEEPER OUTFITS

Date: Friday, Apr/2/2004

Message: I WOULD LIKE TO GET A BEEKEEPER OUTFIT, ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN PURCHASE ONE. — ANGIE, CINCINNATI, OHIO



Cicada coming out to play

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: This cicadamania site rules! also check me out at www.cicada2004.com soon!! — Joe the Cicada, midwest



favorite

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: About a dozen years ago I was visiting a friend in San Antonio, who is in the moving business. It was break time so the labor crew of Vietnamese came around under the shade of some Arizona Ash trees. Cicadas were thick in the trees. The noise was so loud it was hard to talk. The Vietnamese slipped off their sandals scampered up the trees and caught dozens of cicadas. Then they ate them. I guess they are the cream filled crunchy kind. — Don Ainsworth, Houston, TX



Toads that sound like Cicadas

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: At least two speices of toads sound similar to the “Decim” species of periodical cicada. The American Toad that sings in early spring (now in mid latitudes) sounds like Decim when there are large concentrations in the distance. The Fowler’s Toad that sings in late spring sounds like individual Decim up closer. Main difference is the toads don’t have a drop in pitch at the end of a call the way the cicadas do.
— Eric, Missouri



Relatives

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: I have been living in PG County for 35 years. Get ready people. If you don’t like bugs this is not the place for you. These beatles are known to be enduring. While they don’t live long they definitely leave an everlasting impression. Once you here their mating call you will never forget it. Swarmmming is not uncommon during their presence. Many people have been known to shout “Help” — John Secada, PG County



upcoming invasion in cinti

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: Seventeen years ago I resided in the Queen City and I remember them being pretty thick while attending the Taste which runs Memorial Day weekend. Anyone remember “Snappy Cicada Pizza”?
A buddy of mine who lives there said the latest projected peak is around May 17-20.
— joebob59, S.E. PA


March 31, 2004

Cicada Comments from March 2004

Filed under: Brood X,Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:14 am

for PG Residents

Date: Wednesday, Mar/31/2004

Message: I hate bugs. The cicada thing was AWFUL in DC. One got down my back and I almost pulled my blouse off on downtown K Street!However, in PG County, where I lived, they did not seem to be that bad. I don’t recall any getting in apartment or being particularly afraid outside. — bughater, Temple Hills, MD



Bee Keeper Outfit (Plastic)

Date: Wednesday, Mar/31/2004

Message: Where can you purchase Bee Keeper Outfits — Vannett, Cincinnati, Ohio



Periodical Cicada Broods

Date: Tuesday, Mar/30/2004

Message: We’ve got cicadas here every year (in fact this year they lasted through the mild winter we had).Does anyone know if the Houston area experiences a large scale cicada brood hatch? If so, what is the period (13 years, 17 years) and when is the next brood expected?Thanks! — Chuck, Richmond, TX (near Houston) U.S.A.



Cicada Facts

Date: Monday, Mar/29/2004

Message: Facts: The 17-year cicadas will emerge this year with their ugly red eyes. The adults live 2 to 6 weeks and are very clumsy flyers. So if one happens to land on you or fly into you it can’t help it.
The male cicada will be the only one singing it’s mating call for the females are totally silent.
Cicadas do not eat leaves, fruits, or vegatables. However what the adults do eat (or rather drink)is the juices inside of the branches of trees, etc… The females saw their way (using the back of their abdomen)into twigs and branches of trees and lay rows of eggs usually around 400. They lay the eggs in a line which will look like a slit of about 2 to 3 inches long on the branch. At about the time the males stop singing the egg infested twigs/branches will have died and fallen to the ground or the branch will just die. Then the eggs hatch and the cicada nymphs(babies) dig themselves into the ground where they live off of the tree’s root juices for the next 17 years and then it happens all over again. The nymphs do not cause any significant damage to the roots. It’s only when they emerge that the destruction is done.
Neverthelesss I hate these bugs, I can sympathize with Lisa from Kentucky for 17 years ago (when I was about thirteen) I was walking for the March of Dimes and a boy stuck one of these male monsters into my hair. While “rachelling” ( the term used to officially describe the noise these bugs make) it tried to fly out with no success. After screaming my lungs out someone finally took mercy on me and removed the insect from my then tangled hair. Later, I felt sort of sorry for the bugs when I saw the same boy catching them then pulling off their wings. — JD, Maryland



Noises

Date: Monday, Mar/29/2004

Message: My ex wife made funny noises and her name was Rachel.Does that mean she was rachelling ? — Daryl, logan county



Pools

Date: Monday, Mar/29/2004

Message: Rick: cicada have no interest in water, but they may fall into your pool if there are trees growing above it. You should be able to take care of the issue with a pool skimmer net, and a good sense of humor. — Dan, Jersey



Should I delay opening my swimming pool?

Date: Monday, Mar/29/2004

Message: Do they gravitate to water? I’d imagine that they end up there whether they intend to or not! — Rick, Ellicott City



Location, Location

Date: Saturday, Mar/27/2004

Message: Does anyone in Indy remember the X brood here??? I am curious as to where I may take my kids to see and hear this historic event. Thanks for any info, Kim. — Kim, Indianapolis IN



Yuck

Date: Saturday, Mar/27/2004

Message: I work outside and i am really not looking forward to this. Any ideas for some sort of cicada suit or something to wear that is lightweight and breathable? I cant stand the thought of them sticking to me while i am watering or unloading trucks….yuck — B, Cincinnati



Nasty little creatures

Date: Thursday, Mar/25/2004

Message: Last year I spotted one or two of what appeared to be these nasty creatures. I figured it was a premature sign of things to come. How long will it last? I don’t plan to leave my house until they’re all gone!!!! — Margie, Baltimore



Help for Those Who are Afraid

Date: Thursday, Mar/25/2004

Message: When I moved to the Washington area 17 years ago and saw the cicadas, I was lucky to have been living in Lorton, VA, where there weren’t as many flying around as compared to the District. But I SWORE I that would rather find another job (or some out-of-town assigment) than to get caught in the middle of the next infestation. But alias, I am still here, 17 years older (middle-aged), now married (so I can’t leave), unable to run as fast as I used to, and only 15 mintues from DC, and therefore, much closer to the ‘zone.’ I’m in a lot of trouble: if I don’t get myself killed trying to run from them (or wreak my car should one be inside), I will most likely develop vascular problems from weeks of constant stress and anxiety. I can only ask that those who are not frightened of them, please have some passion and understanding for those who do. It is an irrational fear, but a fear nevertheless (ususally brought on by an emotional event or trauma.) (Everyone has fears; this one is just more difficult to hide.) I’ve worked on my problem for years (including therapy 22 years ago), so I haven’t been just complaining or feeling sorry for myself. Progress has been quite slow, but steady. (I can now garden but still have a generalized fear of large flying, mostly stinging insects.) I think that reading and learning about their habits will help in some small way, but not enough, I’m afraid, to deal with what’s to come because there will be so many of them. If there is anyone out there willing to share how they’ve resolved their phobia (short of flooding), please do so. You will be helping a lot of folks, including those too afraid to speak up. I also have a couple of questions about the habits of cacidas: Do they fly around in the dark, and do they favor any particular flowering or vegetable plant? (I may decide to skip the gardening this year.) Thanks. — Chay, Prince Georges County ,MD



1998 cicadas in Tennessee

Date: Thursday, Mar/25/2004

Message: Dick – Yes and no — the ones in Tennessee in 1998 were the 13-year species (Brood XIX). Also, this year’s brood will mostly appear in different locations in Tennessee, not the same places as in 1998. — Dave Marshall, Storrs, Connecticut



sound

Date: Thursday, Mar/25/2004

Message: The scientific sound of the cicada is termed “Rachelling”. — Buzz, Cin



name of circadia’s sound

Date: Thursday, Mar/25/2004

Message: does anyone know the scientific term applied to the sound the circadia makes? — dennis, poughkeepsie ,ny



Say It Ain’t So

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: guess what sucks? I have no a/c in my car. so not only will those gross, retarded bugs be flying into me, I also will be sweating to death in my car on the way to work. I hate bugs, and they hate me. I was six the last time they were here in abundance, and can’t remember how bad they actually were. I’m in denial right now, and pray every day they won’t rise from the ground. I’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to be in a sci-fi movie, though. I’m so lucky. — Julie, Cincinnati



cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: Is it possible that we saw the same bugs in Tenn. in 1998? — Dick, Grand Rapids, Mi.



Flight

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: How far do cicadas fly? — Laura, Fremont, Michigan



Those Creepy Critters

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: I am terribly afraid of all insects. Please make them go away. — Cynthia B, Prince George County -Forestville



Wouldn’t want to miss it

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: Am thinking of planning a trip home to coincide with the Cicadas in Cincinnati this summer. Has anyone nailed down the exact dates that they are supposed to start and peak?By the way, responding to Lisa (previous message), I’m thinking you are probably class of ’88, Highlands? Me too. I’ve got some bad memories as well, particularly from my lawn-mowing summer job (the engine noise really got them interested), but I just couldn’t bear to miss the spectacle. Especially when I think about how old I’ll be next time… — Rhodri, overseas



Terrified of Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: I’m 34 years old and I’m embarrassed to say … I’m terrified of Cicadas. While I am somewhat of a bug-phobe, it’s never forced me to stay indoors. I am, however, planning on converting to hermit status mid-May to late June. Don’t know how I’m going to do it, just that I am. Many of you are probably wondering what caused this fear, so let me share. I was 17 years old and taking driver’s ed at my high school. It just happened to be my turn to drive – with 4 other classmates and a teacher, mind you – when, all of a sudden, Larry Riley stuck two cicadas in my long hair. As I was driving, one of the little suckers crawled into my ear opening and screamed. Needless to say, I swerved the car and nearly killed everyone aboard. I recall throwing the car into park, jumping out of the car and running, running, running … as far and as fast as I could. I’m happy to report that Larry Riley got detention that day! I, on the other hand, have never recovered, as you can see. I’m considering buying a bee keeper’s suit for those times when I absolutely have to show my face to the world. Fortunately, I’m laid off right now! Any suggestions? My husband and I live in a condominium overlooking Cincinnati with woods all around us. They’re going to be everywhere – and I mean everywhere! — Lisa, Ft. Thomas, KY



opening swimming pools

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: when would it be a good time to open the swimming pool. should we wait until mid June? — mike, cincinnati



Protection from Cicada

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: I have planted small pines and some birch trees in the last week. Should I spray these trees. What can I do to protect them. — Barb, Nashville TN



broods

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: What is a brood and how many broods are there? — Cait, U.S.



How will gardens weather?

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: will they eat our tomatoe plants,squash
greenbeans,onions,lettuce you get the idea. Does anybody know Thanks- Christy — Christy, Springfield, Virginia



My tree not there anymore..

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: What happens if I had my huge maple tree in my front yard cut down that was there 17 years ago????? — Marsha, Kentucky



Yes, you can work outside

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: No matter how big the cicada event, anyone should be able to work (or do anything else) outside.The biggest danger is if you’re on a ladder or roof and a cicada suddenly gives a distress screech near you. This is quite startling and it’s possible to fall off if you recoil in fright at the sudden noise and sight. Be prepared not to be surprised by sudden distressed cicadas.There’s also the slight surprise of an occasional cicada crawling on you. This shouldn’t be a problem to anyone who doesn’t have a huge phobia of insects.
— Eric, Missouri



To Christy in Maryland

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: Christy, if the 17-year cicada emergence is a “once in a life time thing”, and you were 6 years old last time, guess what? You are going to die, “cause you had your “once”. — Sky, Mason



Bugs is good to feast on..i reckon

Date: Monday, Mar/22/2004

Message: I eated many a bug in ma life. But the cicadda is da best to chew and chew ,,oh yea i had tummy ache 2 days oh yea, I reckin all da bugs is good though kentucky lost yeserday to UAB — Troy Vespie, Amelia Ohio



Can i work outside

Date: Monday, Mar/22/2004

Message: Can anyone tell me please is it going to be possible to work on the constraction and to do framing job in May or June. — Sergei, Cincinnati, Ohio



Cicadas

Date: Sunday, Mar/21/2004

Message: In my last messege I had some typos and or misspelled words. I actuallt ment to say, to make it clear as these cicadas do not bite or sting. I hope you all don’t get to confused by may last messege and read this one instead. — Christy, Maryland



I Can’t wait till these once in a life time flying noisy bugs arrive

Date: Sunday, Mar/21/2004

Message: Hey everyone, I came to this website before, because I was looking for cicadia sounds on the internet. I came accrose this site instead. Well bottom line is I was 6years old when they came out of the groud flying and buzzing about. I remember it well. I was over my grandparaents house when i had just got back from visiting Ghettesburg. I look forward to seeing thse bugs as it is once in a life time thing. Thse bugs to not sting now bite. They will cause a horrible time with yard plants. However as for myself I’am not a bug type person as I don’t like bees, spiders, or creepy crawley things. Well this is all for me. Just wanted to leave my mark. — Christy, Maryland



Magicicada’s

Date: Friday, Mar/19/2004

Message: Hi, i see your expecting a mass emergence of Magicicada’s. I was hoping that someone there may be able to collect me some and send them on to me here in New Zealand. Or if someone is keen to swap your American species for our New Zealand species.
you can message me at nzcicada [AT] hotmail.com — Kees Green, Auckland, New Zealand



For goodness sakes

Date: Thursday, Mar/18/2004

Message: Mia,Do not let anyone play to your fears (or their pocketbooks) . The cicada is a harmless insect. They may cause some minor tree or bush damage, but basically they are just out to reproduce. They do not attack in a sworm, nor do they go out of the way to attack anyone. These neat bugs can be an inconveniece because they are terrible flyers and may bump into you, however, they mean no harm and do not bite…. I hope I have helped…
— Klamarr2, Indy, Indiana



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58972-2004Mar14.html

Date: Thursday, Mar/18/2004

Message:

washingtonpost.com > Metro > Virginia

Metro
In Brief
Monday, March 15, 2004; Page B03
THE REGION Infestation of Brood X Cicadas Forecast Millions of cicadas are expected to infest the nation’s capital and parts of Maryland and Virginia this spring. Periodical cicadas, who’ve been underground for 17 years, will tunnel out of the ground, fling their winged bodies through the air and sound off day and night. Bug experts say their coming will be of biblical proportions.

Some cicadas emerge annually in the eastern United States. Others come out every two to 13 years. But this variety, known as Brood X, invades every 17 years. The last time they covered the Washington area was in 1987, when remnants of cicadas covered roadways and sidewalks. Residents pulled them out of their hair. And the bugs drove some outdoor events, such as weddings and graduations, inside. When exactly they emerge will depend on the weather. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History is planning a cicada exhibit in May, complete with sounds and live specimens.

� 2004 The Washington Post Company
— Rusty Kochka, Arlington, Virginia



Temperature

Date: Thursday, Mar/18/2004

Message: Thanks Eric for the formula. I remember now that “my” formula was something like T = x(n-y)+ z, where x, y and z were some arbitrary constants. The resulting temperature T was in Centigrade. Maybe that explains the structural difference in the formulae. — Ajit, Knoxville, TN



Help!

Date: Thursday, Mar/18/2004

Message: My son is very afraid of flying insects. He would run out in front of a speeding car before he let one get close to him. I have been trying to find some kind of repellent or something for him since he has to walk to school. I don’t think the school will allow me to home school him for 6 weeks. Any suggestions will be appreciated. — Lear, Cincinnati,OH



cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Mar/17/2004

Message: I live in prince george county MD.DO cicadas stick to you threw your clothing,about how big will they be and do they sworm you? — mia, prince george countyMD



cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Mar/17/2004

Message: I live in prince george county MD.DO cicadas stick to you threw your clothing,about how big will they be and do they sworm you? — mia, prince george countyMD



May 22nd, wedding

Date: Wednesday, Mar/17/2004

Message: I am getting married on May 22nd, 2004, which is in 10 weeks, Its planned as an outdoor wedding. How bad will the cicadas be, is it wirth it to change the wedding. I read in the paper that Williamson and Davidson Counties, which is where the wedding will be will not get hit as hard as others in Tennessee. How does that work? ANy answered questions will really help me and my angered/frustrated fiancee. Thanks
Greg — Greg, Nashville, TN, Williamson County



Bob from London, England

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: Hey, I was looking up info on the England cicada on the web and came accross this posting (below). If “Bob” is still out there could you please tell me where you heard/saw these cicadas? Was it in England, or were you overseas? My email is cicada900 [AT] yahoo.com.au
Thanks…Date: Tuesday, May/28/2002
Message: i saw all these cicadas and they f***ing rule!!! tssss tssss tssss tssss tssss tssss tssss tssss tssss they went! YO! — Bob, England, London — Kathy Hill, Willimantic, CT



say it aint so

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: This isn’t really happening — right? Say it ain’t so… I don’t do bugs… — not liking life, Silver Spring, MD



To Christy Eicher

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message:
Christy, I personally would not plan a wedding outdoors at that time. However, I’d suggest contacting them, and find out if there was someone that was there 17 years ago. If so, maybe they will be able to tell you if that area had much infestation.Good luck and congrats! Jules
— Jules, Louisville, KY



say it aint so

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: This isn’t really happening — right? Say it ain’t so… I don’t do bugs… — not liking life, Silver Spring, MD



To Christy Eicher

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message:
Christy, I personally would not plan a wedding outdoors at that time. However, I’d suggest contacting them, and find out if there was someone that was there 17 years ago. If so, maybe they will be able to tell you if that area had much infestation.Good luck and congrats! Jules
— Jules, Louisville, KY



Swimming Pools?

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: A few of us over at www.poolforum.com were wondering if the Cicada will have any effect on our pools?If they are gone by mid-June, should we leave our pools covered and wait until after they are gone to open the pool for the season?Thanks for any info you can give! Jules — Jules, Louisville, KY



New to cicadas!

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: Does anyone know if the cicadas will be bad in the Stafford/Fredericksburg area? We just moved here and bought our home! (of course!) WHat do we need to do to protect our property, landscaping, etc.? I’m a bit nervous about this outbreak. — Jennifer, Stafford, VA



Noisiest Insect

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: While looking up the temperature formula, saw the next question: what is considered the noisiest insect? “The Cicadas are usually considered the noisiest, but it has been said that the European Cricket (Brachytrypes megacephalus) is louder still and that its note can be heard a mile away”.I’ve been around periodical cicadas and cannot imagine anything louder. The Cassini are almost deafening, and they synchronize their calls to make themselves even louder. The Decim “Martian” call, when in large concentrations, must be audible for at least a mile.
— Eric, Missouri



Formula for Temperature

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: The Katydid formula seems to work, though it suggests they don’t sing below 53 degrees, and I believe I’ve heard them on colder evenings (their call is _really_ slow when it’s cold). In my area the Katydids usually start in early July, when it’s usually so hot, the chirps are too fast to count!As to Cicadas, there’s such a variety of calls, one might need a different formula for each species.
From _1001 Questions Answered About Insects_:Count the number of chirps in a minute, represented by the letter “n” below.For the Katydid (Cryptophyllus perspicalis):T = 60 + ((n-19) / 3)For the Snowy Tree Cricket (Oecanthus niveus):T = 50 + ((n-40) / 2)T is the temperature in Farenheit.
— Eric, Missouri



Anyone know how bad this can get????

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: Anyone know how bad this can get in Baltimore, MD I am moving [AT] the end of May and this is the first time I will ever experience any thing like this…. Please shed some light on this! Thank You! — R, Baltimore,MD



Tennessee

Date: Monday, Mar/15/2004

Message: Anyone know the likely timing for the emergence in Tenn? I had planned to go camping there the last week in April & they just aren’t my favorite camping companions. Plus we don’t want to move them around on our truck – the old invasive species thing. — Meg, Ellicott City MD



Will they ruin my wedding (at Farnsley Moreman Landing, Louisville, KY)?

Date: Monday, Mar/15/2004

Message: Anyone know if the Cicadas are likely to be in Louisville, KY? More specifically, at Farnsley-Moreman Landing…10 mins southwest of Louisville, on the waterfront? I’m getting married there June 5th. — Christy Eicher, Louisville, KY



Cicadas and ambient temperature

Date: Monday, Mar/15/2004

Message: To Eric in Missouri,
So what is the mathematical formula for the katydids anyway? It might just jog my memory. Have you ever tried it for Cicadas? — Ajit, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA



reply

Date: Monday, Mar/15/2004

Message: Message: a PROMINANT WEBSITE STATES THAT CICADA WILL NOT DAMAGE TREES OR PLANTS. IS THIS TRUE? IF NOT, WHAT PROTECTION SHOULD i PROVIDE IN mARYLAND? SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL AFTER TO PLANT NEW SHRUBS? ALICE — ALICE, ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND2/4ths of an inch is the distance you have to move your finger to the caps lock key! — mirek, chicago il



Stop The Cicada!

Date: Monday, Mar/15/2004

Message: We Must Put A Stop to the Cicada!!!! on 5 – 1 – 04 we will all Get Together A Build A giant Flame Thrower. Kill Them All!! Before They can start to take over the world.when They begin to come out the ground thats when we start — Ed, Baltimore County, MD



Are they coming here this year

Date: Sunday, Mar/14/2004

Message: I need to know if the bugs are coming here this year.Please let me know. — Dawn, Charleroi Pa.



Motorcycle Downtime

Date: Sunday, Mar/14/2004

Message: Has anyone ever hit a cicada doing 45-50 miles per hour? It sucks. Feels like a big rock thrown up by a truck in front of you…..smmaaack. I don’t have a windshield, and I’m just bummed because I won’t be able to ride from the middle of April to the middle of May without worrying about knocking one of my eyes out when they hit my sunglasses and implode the lenses. Splaaat!! — Michelle D., Cincinnati, OH



When did the cicadas swarm in the 1950-1960’s?

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: I’m trying to remember how old I was when cicadas swarmed here in southern Virginia, and my evil older cousins made me stand still while they “hooked” the shells all over me! I was born in 1954 and I figure it was sometime in the late 50’s or early 60’s. Anybody know? (thanks!) — Katie, Henry County, VA



Several things about Cicadas

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: The host of a radio garden show made ignorant remarks today about Cicadas. He claimed 2004 has a convergence of 17 and 13 year classes, that they’d emerge around Quincy, IL (a small green patch on the UM page), and that they damage trees. A guest politely explained that trees have strong immune systems and the best way to handle Cicadas is to let Nature take its course, and that their holes are beneficial, aerating the ground.I’m probably going to south central Indiana the second weekend of June in search of cicadas. Anyone who hears them in that part of the country, please post when you hear them.I have an insect book that gives the mathematical formula for the temperature based on the frequency of Katydid songs, but not for Cicadas. The book has an amusing poem about Cicadas, obviously written a long time ago before “political correctness” set in:”Happy are the Cicadas’ lives,
For they live with voiceless wives!”
— Eric, SE Missouri



Memories of last emergence

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: I lived in Cincinnati the last time they emerged — we created an exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History all about them. I don’t know what was more amazing — seeing and hearing them everywhere, or watching the insectaphobic people freak out about these harmless creatures. I can still remember walking down Ludlow Ave. with cicadas flying everywhere, landing on people, crunching them underfoot (it was impossible not to). We had to keep the car windows rolled up on the highway in some areas because the sound was so deafening!If you’re freaking out already about the coming emergence, let me reiterate: CICADAS DO NOT BITE OR STING. THEY ARE HARMLESS. PLEASE DO NOT tax our already overloaded environment by trying to SPRAY POISONS to kill them — it’s pointless, there will be too many off them, and you’ll only wind up polluting the streams and rivers (due to runoff) and poisoning songbirds, cats, dogs, and other creatures who will be eating the cicadas. Chill out people! — Roberta Burnes, Lexington, KY



you’ve been fooled

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: there is no such thing as a cicadanotor. i bet it if you find it, it will be a very expensive fly swatter, available by mail order only. some one is trying to make a buck out of this hysteria! i lived in baltimore, in 1970, and lived thru the spring. yes, its unpleasant, but it doesnt last long. just keep your car windows up! — michele, charlotte nc



DAMAGE AND PREVENTION

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: a PROMINANT WEBSITE STATES THAT CICADA WILL NOT DAMAGE TREES OR PLANTS. IS THIS TRUE? IF NOT, WHAT PROTECTION SHOULD i PROVIDE IN mARYLAND? SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL AFTER TO PLANT NEW SHRUBS? ALICE — ALICE, ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND



Rarotongan cicadas??

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: Does anyone no if there are cicadas in Rarotonga, you can message me at nzcicada [AT] hotmail.com — Kees Green, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand



WILL THEY BE IN THE ALEXANDRIA VA

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: JUST WONDERING IF THEY WILL BE IN ALEXANDRIA VA AREA?? — JANINE, ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA



NJ Cicada Schedule

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: Your Chart Says NJ is 1970, 1987, 2004. I grew up in a town in EssexCounty NJ. I Know we were swarmed in 1978. They were coming in our fireplace like a bad sci-fi movie. !
Is there any steadfast rule to 17 year cycle or are anomilies in schedule normal? — Ralph, Maplewood, NJ



First Cicadas showing up

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: During the last week I have seen two early risers. Not long before they will be everywhere.Interesting note:
You can tell the temperature outside in Texas from the singing of Cicadas.They all sing at one time together when the temperature hits 78 degrees, 86 degrees, 94 degrees, and at 102 degrees. This is fairly consistent. They are loudest at the 78 degree and 94 degree marks. — John, Houston, TX



can’t wait

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: this is going to be cool. cept there has been so much building in Maryland, i bet lots of them will not be able to emerge. — gary, montgomery village maryland



Eaten Alive

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: I was told a story about a man that died in 1987 while mowing his grass during an infestation period. Apparently, these bugs overtook him and while trying to drive his John Deere mower to safety, he inadvertently swallowed about 30 of them. An autopsy performed later showed that the bugs were still alive in his throat cavity and where feeding on the chewing tobacco that he had in his mouth. (true story) — Amber, Georgia



Cicada spotting circa 1963

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: Madison, NJ was the ground zero of a cicada happening. I was a high school kid and when changing classes, had to put coats over our heads to avoid being covered with the 3 inch bugs. And they would die in big piles and smell really bad. they don’t bite, but they get all over you, smell bad and the noise never stops…Run to your home! — Peg, Georgia



Baltimore, Cicadas

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: I was in the Baltimore suburbs in 1987 and the cicadas were everywhere. I remember them so vividly because I was just visiting from New York,where we don’t get them. — Tmac, Connecticut



Cicadas Are Comin’!

Date: Thursday, Mar/11/2004

Message: They are suppose to start emerging in May around the 21st and only be around six weeks. So for the Bride worried, I wouldn’t be. :) They are harmless bugs, they stay predominately in trees, and on grass. The West side is supose to be heavily hit. Don’t freak out it’s only six weeks. :) I’m not even native here in Cincinnati, and I can’t wait for them to come up! This is going to be cool!
— Mary, Cincinnati-East Side



Cicadas and ambient temperature

Date: Wednesday, Mar/10/2004

Message: When I was a kid, an Uncle had given me a simple formula for determining the ambient temperature of the moment by counting the number of cicada chirps per minute. The formula was wonderfully accurate, for I used to verify it from the thermometer hanging in the porch. I can’t remember the formula now. Does anyone know of such a thing? — Ajit, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA



HELP HELP HELP!!!

Date: Sunday, Mar/7/2004

Message: I HATE BUGS! OH MY GOSH! THIS IS SO GROSS! HELP ME! HELP ME! HELP ME! — HELP ME!, READING, PA



FISHING

Date: Saturday, Mar/6/2004

Message: I HAVE LIVED IN THE WASHINGTON AREA MY WHOLE LIFE & I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THEM EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE KID!!!
I LOVED TO FISH & WOULD LIKE TO TIME MY VACATION THE SAME TIME THEY WILL BE IN MY AREA.SO WHAT TIME,WEEK, MOUTH, WILL THEY BE HERE?????(I WILL CATCH ALL THE STATE RECORDS WITH THIS PERFECT BAIT!) — EMILE DOLEZAL, BETHESDA MARYLAND MO



can cicadas see?

Date: Saturday, Mar/6/2004

Message: Another teacher in my building told her students that cicadas are blind which accounts for them running into everything (and everyONE) in sight. I told the student who asked me about this that I thought they could see….their eyes are surely BIG enough but would search the net for reliable information!
BTW…your site is fantastic!
kinderteacher — Kinderteacher, Cincinnati, OH, USA



Cicada summer?

Date: Saturday, Mar/6/2004

Message: Will someone PLEASE tell me when these cicadas are supposed to take over? This summer? Where specifically? I don’t want them to attack my August wedding reception. Thank you, concerned bride — Lisa, Millersburg, OH



Vineyard

Date: Thursday, Mar/4/2004

Message: How might one deal with them attempting to eat the grapevine leaves? — lynne, darlington, MD, USA



cicadas at the shore

Date: Wednesday, Mar/3/2004

Message: I’m planning a trip to the Maryland Shore(Ocean City) in June. Will cicadas be found there as well?
If so, I may need to cancel. The flies are bad enough! — susie, Maryland



When exactly are the expected

Date: Wednesday, Mar/3/2004

Message: Would really like to know when the cicada’s are expected this summer in Ohio as I am trying to plan a summer outdoor wedding for my daughter. was thinking of either late May or August. Any idea which would be better? — Vickie, Trenton, oh



sounds of cicadas

Date: Tuesday, Mar/2/2004

Message: I”ve only lived here for 2 years.I’ve been hearing awful stories about these animals.I admit I”m scared.I want to know if anyone knows of a sight to hear there sounds.They say were being invaded with 5 billion this year.Help what are these creatures? What purpose do they serve? — stacy parker, kentucky


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